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2004 2005 2006
17 Aug 04 - 3 Mar 13
Colonel Joseph A. Lanni is Commander, 412th Test Wing, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. He is responsible for the
airframe, power plant, and avionics development, test, and evaluation of manned and unmanned aerospace systems, the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School,
and operation of all Edwards Air Force Base test facilities and ranges.
Colonel Lanni was commissioned in 1980 following graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. Assignments throughout his career
include Director of the F/A-22 Combined Test Force, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., as well as operational fighter
pilot, aggressor pilot, experimental test pilot, and commander of our nation’s only classified flight test squadron. Additionally, he has served as
a staff officer at the Air Force and Joint Chiefs of Staff level. A command pilot, he has more than 4,300 flying hours in over 70 different types of
aircraft including the F/A-22 and numerous classified prototypes.
1980 Bachelor of Science degrees, Engineering Mechanics and Mathematics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
1985 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1991 Master of Science degree, Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
1993 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1996 Air War College, by correspondence
1998 Master of Science degree, National Security Strategy, National War College, Ft. Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2001 Defense Systems Management College, Ft. Belvoir, Va.
June 1980 – September 1980, Structural Engineer, Air Force Armament and Test Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
October 1980 – September 1981, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
October 1981 – February 1982, Student, Lead-in Fighter Training, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
March 1982 – September 1982, Student, F-4D Replacement Training Unit, 308th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Homestead Air Force Base, Fla.
October 1982 – May 1986, F-4E aircraft commander, wing instructor pilot and flight safety officer, 335th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson
Air Force Base, N.C.
June 1986 – June 1988, Instructor pilot and wing standardization and evaluation flight examiner, 57th Fighter Weapons Wing, 64th and 65th Aggressor
Squadrons, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
July 1988 – June 1989, Student, United States Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
July 1989 – June 1992, Experimental test pilot, instructor pilot and command standardization and evaluation flight examiner, 3247th Test Squadron,
Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
August 1992 – January 1994, Assistant operations officer, 6513th Test Squadron, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
February 1994 – June 1995, Operations officer, 413th Flight Test Squadron, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
July 1995 – June 1997, Commander, Classified Flight Test Squadron
July 1997 – June 1998, Student, National War College, Ft. Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
June 1998 – June 2000, Joint Warfighting Analyst, Force Structure, Resources and Assessment Directorate (J-8), the Joint Staff, Pentagon, Va.
June 2000 – June 2001, Chief, Global Analysis Division, Air Force Studies and Analyses Agency, Director for Command and Control, Deputy Chief of
Staff, Air and Space Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force, Pentagon, Va.
July 2001 – December 2002, Vice Commander, Detachment 3, Air Force Flight Test Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
December 2002 - May 2004, Director, F/A-22 Combined Test Force, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
May 2004 – present, Commander, 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Ratings: Command pilot, parachutist
Flight Hours: More than 4,300
Aircraft flown include: F-4C-E, F-5E, F-15, F-16A-D, F-14, F-18, HH-60G, F/A-22, YF-24
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Top Academic Award, F-4 Replacement Training Unit, 1982
Top Graduate, United States Air Force Flight Safety School, 1985
Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, 1985
Distinguished Graduate, Aggressor Weapons School, 1986
Distinguished Graduate, United States Air Force Test Pilot School, 1989
Jabara Airmanship Award, 1990
Flying Magazine Aircrew of Distinction, 1991
Conducted first flights of two classified prototype aircraft
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant, May 28, 1980
First Lieutenant, May 28, 1982
Captain, May 28, 1984
Major, May 1, 1992
Lieutenant Colonel, December 1, 1996
Colonel, March 1, 2001
(Current as of May 2004)
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