June 19, 2013
Cold War Fighter Pilot to Air Attaché in Islamabad
Our June 19 member meeting features Colonel Joseph A. Abbott, USAF (ret.) as the guest speaker. He will be talking about flying F-111s, F-16s, and his experiences in Kosovo, Desert Storm, and other recent conflicts. He'll also describe his ultimate assignment as U.S. Defense and Air Attaché to Pakistan.
Colonel Joseph A. Abbott received his commission in 1980 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Arkansas. He is a command pilot with more than 2,900 hours, primarily in F-111, F-16, and C-12 aircraft. He is a graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons School, the Air Command and Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Colonel Abbott has previously commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. He is a Joint Specialty Officer with tours at U.S. joint and NATO allied staffs, and deployments working directly for the Joint Forces Air Component Commander in Operation Desert Storm, and the Commander of Headquarters KFOR, in Kosovo. He has participated in operations Desert Storm, Joint Forge, Joint Guardian, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Colonel Abbott culminated his 30-year career by serving as U.S. Defense and Air Attaché to Pakistan. He retired from the USAF on 31 January 2011.
Location:Mesa Beverage Company, Inc.
3200 N. Laughlin Road. Santa Rosa, CA
Directions: From Santa Rosa, take Highway 101 North and exit at Airport Blvd. Turn left on Laughlin Road toward the museum. The Mesa building is located on the left side of the street just past the museum and Nob Hill south gate.