Arlington, Virginia, October 6, 2022
The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce that Lt Gen Joseph T. Guastella Jr., USAF (Ret.) is joining the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies as a senior fellow. In this position he will engage the leading-edge challenges of airpower strategy, operational concepts, and technologies. Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF (Ret.),Dean of the Mitchell Institute, commented, “I’ve long followed Gus Guastella as he’s advanced through the Air Force ranks. He is a champion of aerospace power with remarkable operational credibility. His insight across the spectrum of defense issues is second to none. It’s an honor to have him join the Mitchell Institute team.”
Lt Gen Guastella is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flight hours in the F-16 and A-10. He has served multiple combat tours and instructed at the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School. Lt Gen Guastella has commanded the 555th Fighter Squadron, “Triple Nickel,” Aviano Air Base, Italy; the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina; the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram, Afghanistan; and served as the Commander, Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid AB, Qatar.
His staff assignments as a general officer include Deputy Director of Strategic Plans and Programs, A8, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; Deputy Director of Requirements, J8, Joint Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE); and Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, A3, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.