Between 3-6 April, 2019, „Henri Coandă” Air Force Academy (AFAHC) hosted the European Air Force Academies Working Group (EUAFA), aimed at preparing the EUAFA Commanders` Conference. The working group meeting was attended by representatives of 13 countries (whose academies are) members of EUAFA: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom, plus the representative of Bulgaria, invited to join, as an observer. Representatives of Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Finland have announced that they cannot participate from operation reasons, expressing their intention to attend the upcoming EUAFA meetings. There were no answers to requests addressed to representatives of military institutions in Ireland, Switzerland, Turkey and Hungary.
Arrival of EUAFA WG members at Belvedere Hotel
The Commander (Rector) of „Henri Coandă” Air Force Academy, Brigadier general (AF), Associate professor Gabriel Răducanu, PhD, welcomed all members participating in the ice-breaker. The meeting allowed the mutual acquaintance of EUAFA member states representatives in advance of the meetings of the next days.
Official opening, debates, socializing
At 9.00hrs, the Commandant (Rector) of „Henri Coandă” Air Force Academy welcomed all participants to AFAHC. The official opening took place in AFAHC „Traian Vuia” Senate Hall. After the administrative remarks of the deputy commandant, Commander Nicolae Tănasie, the activity was carried out according to the established schedule. Afterwards, participants attended the laboratories of the Faculty of Aeronautical Management and of the Air Security Systems Faculty, the University Library and the Flight Simulator. The deputy commandant presented the draft program of EUAFA Commanders` Conference(28-30 May) and of the International Conference Scientific Research and Education in the Air Force (AFASES 2019, 31st of May – 2nd of June), both events organized under the patronage of Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. After lunch, LtCol Prof Adrian Lesenciuc, PhD, Vice-rector for Scientific Research, presented the main debate topics on syndicates:
Besides these debates, the representative of the French Air Force Academy, Maj. Magalie DELORME has proposed:
In the afternoon, EUAFA Working Group participants visited, within a guided cultural tour, Bran Castle and Râșnov Citadel. At 20.00hrs the official dinner was organized at Belvedere Restaurant, where gifts were exchanged.
Representatives of the 14 participant countries: Col. Zhivo Petrov (Bulgaria), Maj. Jan Boril (Czech Republic), Maj. Magalie Delorme (France), LtCol. Marin Jungbauer (Germany), Maj. Ioannis Papathomopoulos (Greece), LtCol. Marco Attanasio (Italy), Capt. Ruben va Adrichem (the Netherlands), LtCol. Bjorn Olav Heieraas (Norway), Capt. Grzegorz Busko (Poland), Maj. Luis Felix (Portugal), Maj. Cosmina Roman (Romania), Maj. Miguel Angel Alcaide Cabrera (Spain), Capt. Ludvig Karlberg (Sweden), Sqn. Ldr. Clare Law and Flt Lt Jonathan Statham (United Kingdom) delivered presentations of their own Air Force academies, insisting on the curriculum, the training program and collaborations
Lect. Liliana Miron, the AFAHC ERASMUS + coordinator, presented the academic exchange offer of the institution. Maj. Jan Boril (Czech Republic) presented the ERASMUS + offer of the University of Defense in Brno.
After the syndicates debates, the conclusions were the following:
Under these circumstances, after debates, the following proposals were made to be included in the list of EUAFA-CC debates and approvals:
Lt.Col. Adrian Lesenciuc announced that the POC for EUAFA CC will be Maj. Cosmina Roman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Representatives of EUAFA present at the working group meeting were handed the invitation letter to EUAFA CC Commanders Conference, the EUAFA CC program and the Registration Form, the AFASES 2019 International Conference program. This Draft Minutes will be sent by e-mail early next week
AFAHC provided EUAFA Working Group participants transportation to București-Otopeni (OTP) International Airport.
In 1993 the European Air Chiefs Conference (EURAC) was established with the main objective finding new methods of study and co-operation among European Air Forces – within and out of NATO. In this context a considerable importance has been given for a common vision in the ways of education and formation of future officers
Consequently the European Air Force Academies (EUAFA) Commanders’ Conference has been established as a forum of experts in order to exchange information, co-operate and identify areas of common interest to carry out activities, with the largest possible participation of all the member nations, in the field of officer education and training.
EUAFA mission is to encourage mutual education through the sharing of information on officer training by promoting academic and military exchanges concerning cadet and instructor training.
The (EUAFA) Commandants’ Conference comprises of the Commandants of the Air Force Academies of the following European countries:
AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, CZECH REPUBLIK, DENMARK, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, IRELAND, ITALY, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TURKEY, UNITED KINGDOM.
The members of the conference annually elect a Chairman, who is responsible for the preparation of the meetings and who acts as Point of Contact (POC) for all members.
The Chairman, who is appointed for one year for the period between two Commandants’ Conferences, is the Commandant (or his representative) of the Academy that is designated to host the conference at the end of his term.
In order to find common elements within the syllabi of the EUAFAs a Working Group was established in 1998. The ultimate goal was to identify portions of the individual training and education programs that might be suitable for common training and/or mutual exchanges
The EUAFA Working Group is responsible for the following tasks: view the member nations syllabi and focus on common fields within which to provide a basis for future co-operation in training and cadet exchanges; gather, update and disseminate the Databank (available at the website, and updated by the appropriate Working Group member) containing:
In order to achieve a better understanding regarding main areas of training in each country’s officer training syllabus and from which common areas of interest could be found: