Joseph J. Michaels
Major, U. S. Air Force

U. S. Air Force Strategy Policy Fellow
Area of Expertise: Strategic Policy, Planning, Air Command and Airfields

Major Joseph J. Michaels photoMajor Joseph J. Michaels joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in December 2015 as an Air Force strategic policy fellow, Asia-Pacific. A native of Philadelphia, he entered active duty in May 1994 as an enlisted airman. He was later commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation from Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, Alabama as a distinguished graduate.

His military education the Airfield Operations Office Course, Air and Space Basic Course and Squadron Officers School as a distinguished graduate. He is a graduate of other specialty courses such as: Joint Humanitarian Operations Course, Cross-functional USAID Course, Mobile Force Protection, Air Assault, Landing Zone Coordinator Course, Dynamics of International Terrorism, Contemporary Insurgent Warfare Course, Expeditionary Site Survey Course, Advanced Airfield Management Course, Tactical and Defensive Driving Course, Joint Task Force Planners Course, Cross-Cultural Communication Course, and Joint Planning and Execution Course.

Maj Michaels graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wesley College in Dover, Delaware with a bachelors degree in English literature. He also holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Education Instruction with a focus on Curricula Design from Central Michigan University. His Professional Military Education experience includes Air and Space Basic Course as an Academic Ace and Squadron Officer’s School as a Distinguished Graduate. He is currently working on an Air Force Research Institute project that focuses on a foreign policy approach that bolsters capacity in the Asia-Pacific region.

His experience in the Asia-Pacific region includes service as a strategic planner for the United States Pacific Command at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. His Air Force Fellow’s research at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies broadens his understanding/perspective on air, space, and cyberspace power through personal observation of senior DoD, Air Force, political, and academic leaders making strategy and policy decisions . As an experienced officer, Maj Michaels has served in numerous major campaigns and operations during his career, including Operations DESSERT FOX, JOINT FORGE, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN and INHERENT RESOLVE. Other military experiences includes overseas assignments to Germany, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Turkey, and various assignments within the continental United States.

His award and decorations include, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two devices, Commendation Medal with three devices, Achievement Medal with two devices, Combat Action Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Outstanding Unit Award, Service Recognition Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with device, Iraq Campaign Medal with device, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and other various awards.

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