Apart from this structure, the 25th Air Force Engineer Regiment is located in Istres with the combat support company and one operational company. Two other companies are colocated with Air Bases, in Avord and Mont-de-Marsan. Those engineers have special equipment and skills regarding airfield damage repair operations. The dedicated manpower is 1200 Air Force Engineers, including Air Force Operations Command.
Engineer equipment plan is to replace several major assets. Among them the personnel carrier, the combat enginneer tractor. Area acces control, safety and protection equipment is also part of the capabilities being developped. Bridging capabilities were recently reinforced with new performing equipment, like the SPRAT (heavy wheeled portable bridge elements).More info on equipment is available on the Army web page: http://www.defense.gouv.fr/terre/equipements/genie
The french Engineer School is located in Angers and is
the main training centre for engineers in combat and technical skills. Its mission is to train junior officers and noncommissioned officers for their future assigment in engineer units. Those enginneers are regularly coming back to the "Mother House" to train for additional skills, to update their knowledge and to obtain the different degrees in accordance with their speciality all along their carreer. In addition to the crossing site of the school, two training areas in the vicinity of Angers are used to train the sappers.
The school also conduct doctinal studies for employment and equipment, to prepare the future and to exploit the lessons learned.
The Brigadier General commanding the School is also the Joint Chief Engineer. Therefore he has authority on each component engineers, acting also at interministerial level (i.e. Security component) and international level (NATO, EU).
An extraordinary legacy and centuries old traditions render a strong cohesion to the French sappers, which allow them to face the current and future challenges to support combat operations, protect the population, provide infrastructure, everywhere at any time.
The motto the French sappers use for decades is more than ever reflecting their large skills frame , their adaptability and their combativeness: "parfois détruire, souvent contruire, toujours servir" (Sometimes destroy, often build, always serve.)