Denis Mercier is a general in the French Air Force and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. He joined the French Air Force academy in 1979 and qualified as a fighter pilot in 1983. He has acquired extensive experience both as an operational commander and as a fighter pilot, having flown a total of more than 3000 flying hours primarily on Mirage F1C and Mirage 2000C aircraft, including 182 hours in combat missions. He has been awarded the rank of Grand Officier of the French Legion of Honor and, among other distinctions, is an officer of the National Order of Merit.