Col Joseph Catalino, Ph.D., Reserve Deputy Command Surgeon, U.S. Transportation Command

Col Joseph Catalino, Ph.D.

Reserve Deputy Command Surgeon, U.S. Transportation Command
Congressional M&S Leadership Summit 2024 : Keynote Address

Colonel Joseph Catalino Jr. is the Reserve Deputy Command Surgeon, United States Transportation Command, and Joint Transportation Reserve Unit SG Director leading 43-person joint team providing expeditious patient movement supporting all combatant commands, preparing staff for global deployment to support contingency operations. Provides operational support to DoD's 24/7/365-day worldwide patient movement for inter-theater movement of 25,000+ beneficiaries.

Col Catalino commanded the 439th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, and the 919th Special Operations Medical Squadron, Duke Field, Florida. Col Catalino led the 439 AES to “#1 in Air Force Reserve Command - 2021” and the 919 SOMDS to “#1 in Air Force Reserve Command - 2020.”

Col Catalino commissioned as a Medical Service Corps (MSC) officer in 2005 after 14 years enlisted service. As a non-commissioned officer, he served as a flight-medic and crewed over 100 operational aeromedical evacuation missions including numerous combat sorties during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom where he provided care to numerous combat casualties. He was recognized for his management of a highly sensitive prisoner of war mission in Iraq.

Prior to his command positions, he served as the Individualized Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) to the Command Administrator, Office of the Command Surgeon, Air Force Global Strike Command; was the first Director of Operations for the 34th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron; the Director of Programs for the 94th Aeromedical Staging Squadron; and was Deputy Administrator for the 514th Aerospace Medicine and Dental Squadron. Additionally, Col Catalino has performed staff tours at U.S. Central Command, U.S. Southern Command, and U.S. Northern Command.