Lt. Gen. Joseph (‘Gus’) T. Guastella Jr. (Ret.)


Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr. (Ret.) was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. There, in support of the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force, he led the development and implementation of policy directly supporting global operations, force management, weather, training and readiness across air, space and cyber fields. He served as the Air Force Operations Deputy to the Air Force Chief of Staff.

Lt. Gen. Guastella entered the Air Force in 1987 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was a command pilot with more than 4,000 flight hours in the F-16 and A-10. He served multiple combat tours and instructed at the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School. Lt. Gen. Guastella commanded the 555th Fighter Squadron, “Triple Nickel,” Aviano Air Base, Italy, the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, and the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram, Afghanistan. Prior to this, Lt. Gen. Guastella was the Commander, Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid AB, Qatar.

His staff assignments as a general officer included Deputy Director of Strategic Plans and Programs, A8, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va., Deputy Director of Requirements, J8, Joint Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Casteau Belgium, and Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado.

Lt. Gen. Guastella (Ret.) is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, National War College and the Senior Executive Fellows program.

Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr. (Ret.)’s full bio can be found here.


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