EUAFA

EUROPEAN AIR FORCES ACADEMIES

  GERMANY

 

GERMAN AIR FORCE OFFICER SCHOOL (GAFOS)

The GAFOS is the central training facility for future officers of the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe. More than that, it is responsible for the further and advanced training in preparation for future assignments for officers including command functions at squadron- and group-/wing-level.

 

GAFOS Task:

  • Cadet Training (Line officers and NCOs)
  • Language Training (conducted by the National Language Service)
  • Further and advanced training of officers
  • Conduct of seminars, meetings and congresses for the Air Force and the Bundeswehr
  • Additional:

  • Training of trainers
  • Trainings for air imagery reconnaissance
  • Activities in International Cooperation (e.g. International Weeks, bilateral exchange programs)

  •  Commander

      COMMANDER
      Brig. Gen.
      Michael Andreas TRAUT

      


     Structure

    The organisation of the GAFOS shows the Commander at its head and directly assigned advisory elements like the Liaison Officers, the advisors for legal affairs or the chaplains.

    Support to the commander is provided by the the School Staff. It includes the Didactics Group with all teachers and trainers of the GAFOS. The Support Group is responsible for central logistic tasks for the whole garrison in Fuerstenfeldbruck.

    The subordinate units are divided into two divisions, each commanded by a Full Colonel.

    The First Training Division with five Training Squadrons is primarily conducting the officers course part I for up to 600 Line Officer Cadets (7-month-course).

    The Second Training Division is in charge of a variety of courses:

  • 6-th Training Squadron: Follow-on-training-courses for future military-leaders on squadron- and group/wing-level as well as language trainings (e.g. Close-Air-Support-Operations, Flight Control & Safety)
  • 7-th Training Squadron: Officer Courses for NCOs and future Reserve Officers (3-month-course)
  • 8-th Training Squadron: Part II of Officer-Course (2-month-course)
  • Air Imagery Reconnaissance Training Centre: Various trainings for non-commissioned officers as well as officers of the German Air Force and allied countries
  • All in all, the GAFOS trains about 2.600 cadets and officers per year.

    The curricula shows topics from basic military and leadership skills, law (national military law up to human rights in armed conflict), basic knowledge in air command & control to jointness and combinedness in armed forces. The teaching is competence oriented and aims at two main fields of vision: Personality & Professional Evolution and Leadership & Teamwork.

      Contact

    Address

  • Str. der Luftwaffe 352
  • 82256 Fürstenfeldbruck
  • GERMANY
  • Phone numbers, Email

  • Tel.+49 8141 5360 1173
  • Mail: OSLwS3-Sondervorhaben@bundeswehr.org

  • Web Page

  • www.luftwaffe.de
  •  Images from Academy

     

     

     

     Commandant’s Conference

    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.

    Experts’ Working Group

    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:

    • An overview of educational systems.
    • The structure organisational diagram of each participating country.
    • The educational syllabus of each academy.
    • The pilot education, training and timeframes in each academy.

    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:

    • Discuss and prepare agenda items for the following EUAFA Commandants’ Conference
    • Present the findings of the Working Group Meeting including proposals for future activities to the following EUAFA Commandants’ Conference
     
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