(By Col Danie
to Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano with the achievement of a very
remarkable milestone in his career on 12 March 2008, ie 40
years of loyal and uninterrupted service!
On behalf of
all the members of the South African Air Force, thanks and
appreciation is extended to the Chief for his leadership and
guidance over the past years.
congratulations is also conveyed to his spouse, Leonie for
her continued and unselfish support to the Chief over many
years of service to the SAAF.
This is how the Chief’s career unfolded …
Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano
Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano joined the South
African Air Force in 1968 and qualified as a pilot on the
Air Macchi 326M in December 1969. During his career he flew
the Harvard, Pilatus PC 7, Vampire, F86 Sabre, Mirage III,
F1CZ, as well as the Cheetah D and E aircraft.
During 1985 he completed the South African Air
Force's Senior Command and Staff Course and was subsequently
appointed as the Officer Commanding 3 Squadron, operating
F1CZ aircraft. In 1989 he was appointed as the Officer
Commanding 89 Combat Flying School with Cheetah D aircraft.
He occupied the post of military attaché in
Israel from 1991 to his return to South Africa in January
1994. He completed the South African National Defence
Force's Joint Staff Course in November 1994 and was then
transferred to Central Flying School Langebaanweg as the
After a four-year tour at Langebaanweg, he was
transferred to the Air Force Office in December 1998,
promoted to Brigadier General and appointed as Inspector
General of the Air Force.
On 1 November 2000 he was promoted to Major
General and appointed as Chief Director Operations
Development at the Joint Operations Division, responsible
for defence capabilities, joint force employment strategy,
joint command and control and joint doctrine.
After a three-year tour at the Joint Operations
Division he was transferred back to the South African Air
Force as Chief Director Air Policy and Plans, responsible
for Air Force policy, capabilities, strategy and resource
Lieutenant General Gagiano was appointed as Chief
of the Air Force with effect of 1 March 2005.
Lieutenant General Gagiano is married to Leonie.