Brigadier General Didier Polomé, Belgian Air Force

Brigadier General Didier Polomé started his fighter pilot career in 1988 at the Belgian Royal Military Academy followed by ENJJPT in Sheppard AFB. He joined the 350th Fighter Squadron in Florennes in 1997, and subsequently participated in NATO operations above former Yugoslavia. In 2004, Brigadier General Didier Polomé was appointed as an A3 staff officer in NATO HQ AC Ramstein. His duties included the coordination of Baltic Air Policing and the operational planning of multiple NATO large scale flying exercises. In 2006, he was deployed to ISAF HQ in Kabul as Mission Director in the ASOC. In 2007, Brigadier General Didier Polomé assumed command of the 350th Fighter Squadron and led the first Belgian F-16 detachment to Kandahar in support of ISAF in 2008. Upon completion of his command tour in 2009, he was selected for the U.S. Air War College in Maxwell AFB. Brigadier General Didier Polomé was assigned in 2010 as Chief, Crisis Response Planning in the Belgian Joint Staff. This gave him the opportunity to lead the operational planning for the Belgian contributions to different operations such as ISAF, Unified Protector in Libya, Serval in Mali, and Baltic Air Policing. Three years later, he attended the U.S. National War College in Washington D.C. During the following two years, Brigadier General Didier Polomé fulfilled the duties of Commander of the Air Ops Division (A3) in the Belgian Air Force staff. His responsibilities included the planning and preparation of all Belgian air combat, transport, helicopter, and ISR assets for operations such as Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) above Iraq and Syria. In June 2016, Brigadier General Didier Polomé became the commander of the 2nd Tactical Wing at Florennes Air Base. During the three following years, the wing participated in numerous operations both abroad, as in Jordan, in the Baltic states and in Mali, and on the national territory, with the contribution of its unit to the reinforcement of the police in the fight against terrorism. Finally, after a three-year mandate as base commander, he was appointed to become Assistant Chief Of Staff Strategic Plans and Policy and Defense Planning (ACOS SPP / DP) at the NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation (SACT) HQ in Norfolk, USA.