Xavier Rival, 34, joined the French Air Force Academy in 2000 and went through basic flight training and was chosen to serve as a Mirage 2000 fighter pilot
He has engaged in very demanding operations around the world, particularly with United States forces. Xavier currently works as a Programs Officer at French Air Force Staff Headquarters, where he is in charge of conducting weapons programs for the French Air Force fleet of Mirage 2000. He is expected to return to an operational combat unit as a Squadron Commander after passing the French Joint Staff Course competitive exam. Xavier is learning Chinese and like running. He is married and has two daughters (6 and 4 years old).