Col. Joseph D. Janik assumed command of the 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, MA

May 4, 2021: Col. Joseph D. Janik assumed command of the 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts, on May 1st, replacing Col. Craig C. Peters. Prior to this assignment Col. Janik served as Commander, 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio. Col. Peters has retired after a 37-year military career. Col. Joseph D. Janik is the Commander of the 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts. The wing reports to the 4th Air Force at March ARB, California and supports the Air Mobility Command’s worldwide airlift mission. The 439th AW is home to eight C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft. As the senior officer, he is responsible for more than 3,000 personnel, including civilians, Air Reserve Technicians and traditional reservists. Col. Janik is a native of Buffalo, New York and began his career as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Specialist, assigned to the RAF Upper Heyford, United Kingdom, in 1988. After completing his four year active duty tour, 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, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, Mississippi and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. After graduating from UPT in 1998, he returned to the 328th Airlift Squadron, flying the C-130 at Niagara Falls ARS, New York, eventually working as the Chief of Standardization and Evaluation. He has flown combat missions in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Prior to his current assignment, Col. Janik served as the Wing Commander for the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown, Ohio.


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