Major General François de GOËSBRIAND
BRANCH: ARMY AVIATION / ARMOUR CORPS
ORIGIN: ST CYR MILITARY SCHOOL
Paratrooper certificate 1970
Recce helicopter wings 1976
Manoeuvre helicopter wings 1977
Staff College certificate 1983
War college diploma 1987
Major General de GOËSBRIAND was born on 30th January
1947 in VANNES (MORBIHAN). He joined the Army as a cadet at
St Cyr Military Academy in October 1969 where he obtained
his paratrooper certificate in 1970.
He decided to join the Armour branch. Thus in October 1971,
he joined the Armour School to attend the Junior Officer Course.
He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.
In September 1972, he was assigned as a Platoon Leader to
the 4th Regiment of Dragoons located in OLIVET and was promoted
to 1st Lieutenant.
After attending the Army Aviation helicopter pilot training,
he was awarded his wings and he was promoted to Captain. He
joined the 1st Army Corps Army Aviation group situated in
PHALSBOURG in June 1976. He successively assumed the position
of Recce pilot, second in command of a squadron and then,
took over the command of a Manoeuvre Helicopter squadron.
During his assignment he participated in operations in Chad.
In July 1981, he was posted to the 6th Combat Helicopter regiment
garrisoned in COMPIEGNE, as an executive officer in the Instruction
In July 1983, he was assigned to the Army Staff Headquarters
as a Staff Officer within the Army Aviation cell of the Equipment
bureau. He was promoted to the rank of Major in October the
In 1985, he attended the War College course. He graduated
in 1987 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
In June 1987, he was posted to the 3rd Combat Helicopter regiment
located in ETAIN. There, he assumed the position of Head of
Instruction and Operations office.
In August 1989, he was posted to the Rapid Reaction Corps
headquarters in MAISONS LAFFITE as a deputy to the Head of
Plans section - European Operations bureau. In 1990, he was
promoted to the rank of Colonel. He participated in the Gulf
war as J5 Deputy Officer in charge of the planning of the
In June 1991, he was appointed Corps Commander to the 4th
Command and Manoeuvre Helicopter regiment situated in ESSEY
In June 1993, posted to the Army Personnel Management Directorate
in PARIS, he was the Head of the Airmobile office.
In 1998, promoted to the rank of Brigadier General he assumed
the position of Deputy to the General commanding the 4th Airmobile
Brigade and on 1st July 1999, he took over it's command.
During his career, Major General de GOËSBRIAND was given
several French military awards. He is Officier de la Légion
d'honneur and Officier de l'ordre national du Mérite.
He was also awarded La Croix de guerre for his operations
abroad and La Croix de la Valeur, the first one with a Division
citation, and the second one with a Division and a Brigade
citation. He was also given the Aeronautical medal.
In addition he has a degree in political science and has a
level 2 military certificate in English.
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