Brigadier General Mark E. Jannitto
is the Chief of Staff of the Rhode Island Air National Guard and the Director of Joint Staff, Joint Force Headquarters, Rhode Island National Guard. He also serves as the Joint Force Headquarters Commander. General Jannitto oversees the Adjutant General’s Joint Staff which consists of approximately 100 Army and Air Guardsmen. The Joint Force Headquarters of Rhode Island exercises command and/or control over all assigned, attached, or operationally aligned forces. It acts as a standing, deployed joint force headquarters, exercising primary military responsibility for homeland defense within the confines of the state, provides trained and equipped forces and capabilities to the Combatant Commanders for federal missions and supports civil authorities for homeland security and/or domestic emergencies.
Brigadier General Jannitto was commissioned in 1978 through the Air National Guard’s Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, Tennessee and completed Undergraduate Navigator Training at Mather Air Force Base, California later that year. Since then he has accumulated over 5000 flying hours, flying missions into such diverse areas as Central and South America, Africa, the Balkans, and the Persian Gulf. He served two tours as Special Projects Officer in the Pentagon in 1990 and 1991. He is a veteran of Volant Oak, Coronet Oak, Desert Shield, Desert Storm and the peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia. He served as the Air National Guard representative to the Egypt Air Flight 990 investigation, which was managed through the 143d Airlift Wing’s facilities at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. In September of 2001 he led a team of six individuals to Ground Zero to provide critical incident stress management counseling to more than 1000 police, firefighters, rescue workers and National Guardsmen.
From 1994 to January 2011, General Jannitto served as a full-time member of the Rhode Island National Guard, working directly for the State Adjutant General. From 1995 to 1999 he was the 143d Airlift Wing Quality Manager, and then became the Community Manager - the Wing’s liaison with local, state and community agencies, state legislature, schools and colleges, businesses and non-profits. He served on the C-130J-model acquisition team, traveling frequently to Washington to brief the Rhode Island Congressional delegation on the need for aircraft modernization and the current status of the new aircraft. General Jannitto served three tours in the desert, the last as commander of the 736th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. This squadron, consisting of 12 Air National Guard crews and 24 active duty crews, was the largest C-130 squadron in the theater of operations at the time. Under his command the squadron safely carried more than 68,000 passengers, 12 million pounds of cargo, and flew 2,900 combat sorties for both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. During his tenure as Maintenance Group Commander at the 143d Airlift Wing, General Jannitto initiated a C-130J-model maintenance seasoning program to assist foreign air forces in bringing their C-130J-model aircraft to operational status. Along with hosting maintainers from Canada, Norway and India, his Maintenance Group sent mobile training teams abroad to provide in-depth instruction for the host nation.
1977 Barrington College, Bachelor of Science, Physical Education and Health,, Barrington, Rhode Island
1986 University of Rhode Island, Master of Science, Exercise Science, Kingston, Rhode Island
2005 Air War College, by correspondence
1. March 1978 - November 1978, Student, Navigator Training, Mather AFB, California.
2. November 1978 - November 1980, Navigator Airlift C-130, 143d Tactical Airlift Squadron, Quonset State Airport, Rhode Island.
3. November 1980 - August 1985, Navigator Airlift C-130A, 143d Tactical Airlift Squadron, Quonset State Airport, Rhode Island.
4. August 1985 – August 1993, Tactics Officer, 143d Airlift Group, Quonset State Airport, Rhode Island.
5. August 1993 - June 1996, Tactics Officer, 143d Operations Support Flight, Quonset State Airport, Rhode Island.
6. July 1996 - June 2004, Navigator C-130E, 143d Airlift Squadron, Quonset State Airport, Rhode Island.
7. July 2004 – June 2005, Commander, 143d Operations Support Flight/Navigator, C-130E, Quonset State Airport, Rhode Island.
8. November 2004 – December 2004, Commander, 738th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait.
9. July 2005 – January 2011, Commander, 143d Maintenance Group, Quonset State Airport, Rhode Island .
10. January 2011 – Present, Chief of Staff/Director of Joint Staff, Joint Force Headquarters, Rhode Island National Guard, Cranston, Rhode Island.
Flight Hours: 5,266.1 Hours
Aircraft Flown: C-130A, C-130H, LC-130H, C-130E
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with Valor and 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Combat Readiness Medal (with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters)
National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Meal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short Tour
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon (with Gold Border and 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass and 5 ‘M’ Devices)
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS:
Board of Directors and Executive Committee, International Council of Air Shows
Board of Directors, SONGTIME USA
Board of Directors, Magown-Roberts Scholarship Fund
Leadership Rhode Island
National Guard Association of Rhode Island
Rhode Island Volleyball Officials Association
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant 2 March 1978
First Lieutenant 2 March 1981
Captain 2 March 1985
Major 2 March 1992
Lieutenant Colonel 9 September 1999
Colonel 17 August 2006
Brigadier General january 2011
(Current as of May 2011)
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