Impressions from the change of command ceremony
On 28 June 2017, French Major General Pascal Chiffoleau took over the command of EATC from outgoing German Major General Chris Badia. The change of command ceremony took place at the EATC headquarters under the lead of the Italian Air Chief, Lieutenant General Enzo Vecciarelli.*
In the presence of external guests and the EATC staff, Lieutenant General Vecciarelli commended Major General Badia on his personal commitment to EATC and his outstanding leadership.
Major General Badia emphasized that he was grateful to lead EATC and thanked the entire staff for the support during his 3 years tenure. He emphasized :
(…) we can be in the future the hub, the centre of expertise, the centre of excellence (…) and this certainly makes me proud (…) because of you, my men and women of EATC. You are the ones who foster all trust and confidence, you are the ones who are in contact with the nations and you are the ones who show them it goes better together than alone.
His successor, Major General Chiffoleau knows perfectly EATC : he served a three years term as EATC deputy commander and chief of staff from July 2014 to this date. Major General Chiffoleau took actively part in EATC’s recent developments. He addressed EATC’s personnel with the following words :
“Our common goal will remain the benefit of the seven participating nations and finally the EATC. As you all know many challenges still need to be faced (…) and I will be proud to be your Commander.”
On 28 June 2017, German Brigadier General Andreas Schick also took over the position of the new chief of staff EATC.
Read Major General Chiffoleau’s speech here.
Read Major General Chiffoleau’s biography here.
Read Brigadier General Schick’s biography here.
* LtGen Vecciarelli is chairman of the “Multinational Air Transport Committee”, highest decision level and composed of the air chiefs of EATC member nations.