Lieutenant Colonel Joe DiLiberto was born on September 6, 1972 in Princeton, NJ. He graduated summa cum laude from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1994 with degrees in Aviation Management and Flight Technology. He earned four FAA flight certificates before graduation and was hired into his first pilot job with WCBS “Shadow” traffic, piloting small single-engine aircraft around the New York City metro area making live traffic reports on the air. His next job was as a FAR Part 135 cargo pilot for Flight Express, Inc. transporting time-sensitive cargo throughout the Southeast United States. He left the civilian flying world after being offered an Air Force pilot slot and was commissioned in 1999 via the Air Force Officer Training School and selected to attend the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program where he earned his Air Force wings in 2000. He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2010. He served as a Pilot Scheduler, Mission Scheduler, Safety Officer, Tactics Officer, Assistant Flight Commander, Flight Commander, Chief of Safety, and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation/Check Airman. He has worked in the Air Force Mobility Command and Air Force Special Operations Command for his entire career and is a command pilot who has accumulated over 4,000+ combat hours and 10,000+ total flight hours in over 25 different aircraft. Lt Col Diliberto has completed 31 deployments in support of overseas contingency operations supporting the United States Air Mobility and Special Operations Commands. He retired from the Air Force in 2019, and is a Single and Multi-Engine Instrument Flight and Ground Instructor with 30 years of aviation experience.