Col. Joseph D. Janik



Col Joseph D. Janik is the Wing Commander of the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. The wing is comprised of more than 1300 Air Force Reserve members and is equipped with eight C-130H2 aircraft. The wing trains and employs the C-130 Hercules globally on medium range airlift, tactical airland and airdrop, Modular Aerial Spray System, and Aeromedical Evacuation missions. 


Col Janik is a native of Buffalo, NY and began his career as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Specialist, 20th Fighter Wing, RAF Upper Heyford, UK, in 1988.  After completing his 4 year active duty period at Cannon AFB, NM, he joined the Air Force Reserve with the 328th Airlift Squadron, Niagara Falls ARS, New York as a C-130 Flight Engineer. After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, he was commissioned at Officer Training School. He attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, Mississippi and NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. After graduating from UPT in 1998, he returned to the 328th Airlift Squadron, flying the C-130 at Niagara Falls ARS, eventually working as the chief of the Standardization and Evaluation section. He has flown combat missions in support of operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.  He has served as the 914th operations group commander, Niagara Falls ARS and as the Director of Operations and Readiness for 22nd Air Force. Prior to his current assignment, Col Janik served as the Vice Wing Commander for the 910th Airlift Wing.


1992 Community College of the Air Force, by correspondence

1996 Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, State University of New York at Buffalo

2005 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence

2007 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2013 Air War College, by seminar/correspondence

2013 Masters of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, by correspondence


1.  June 1989 - June 1991, Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Specialist, 20th Fighter Wing, Upper Heyford, UK

2.  June 1991 - December 1992, Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Specialist, 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon, NM

3.  September 1993 - June 1996, C-130 Flight Engineer, 328th Airlift Squadron, Niagara Falls ARS, NY

4.  June 1996 - October1996, Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL

5.  October 1996 – December 1996, Initial Flight Screening, Lackland AFB, TX

6.  February 1997 - July 1997, Student Pilot, Columbus AFB, MS

7.  July 1997 - March 1998, Student Pilot, NAS Corpus Christi, TX

8.  March 1998 – November 2008, C-130H Pilot, Chief Pilot, 328th Airlift Squadron, Niagara Falls ARS, NY

9.  November 2008 – September 2011, Chief Stan/Eval, 914th Operations Group, Niagara Falls ARS, NY

10.  September 2011 – July 2014, 22 AF/Det 1, Operations Commander, Little Rock AFB, AR

11.  July 2014 – September 2014, 327th Airlift Squadron, Commander, Little Rock AFB, AR

12.  September 2014 – November 2016, 914th Operations Group Commander, Niagara Falls ARS, NY

13.  November 2016 – November 2017, 22 AF/A3/A5, Director, Operations/Readiness, Dobbins ARB, GA

14.  November 2017 – Present, 910th Airlift Wing, Vice Wing Commander, Youngstown ARS, OH

15.  February 2019 – Present, 910th Airlift Wing, Commander, Youngstown ARS, OH


August 2014, Mobility & Airlift Operations lead, Joint Air Component Coordination Element (JACCE) team, supporting the Republic of Korea’s (RoK) 2nd Operational Command (2OC), as a Lt Col

August 2018, Pacific Sentry, Deputy Director of Mobility Forces, as a colonel


Rating: Command Pilot

Flight hours: More than 4000 military flight hours and over 3,000 civilian flight hours

Aircraft flown: T-37, T-44, C-130, as well as the Jetstream 4100 and the Canadair Regional Jet

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air Medal with oak leaf cluster

Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal

Meritorious Unit Award

AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device with oak leaf cluster

Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

National Defense Service Medal with bronze star

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

AF Overseas Ribbon Long

Second Lieutenant October 4, 1996

First Lieutenant October 4, 1998

Captain September 13, 2001

Major September 13, 2005

Lieutenant Colonel August 23, 2011

Colonel March 5, 2016


(Current as of February 2019)