Lieutenant General



Chief of the Italian Air Force

Lieutenant General Luca Goretti graduated from the Italian Air Force Academy in 1984. After the pre-operative course on the G-91T, he was assigned to pilot the Tornado aircraft. In 1986, he was posted to the 36th Wing at Gioia del Colle AFB, where he took part in flight operations in Albania and Bosnia, within the framework of NATO operations in the former Yugoslavia. In 1998 he was assigned to the Flight Safety Inspectorate. During the NATO Allied Force Operation in Kosovo, he was posted to the NATO HQ Media Operations Centre in Brussels as Italian Military Representative. From 2003 to 2005 he commanded the 32nd Wing at Amendola AFB. In February 2008 he was transferred to the Italian Defence Staff HQ to assume the appointment of Deputy Chief of the Planning, Programming and Defence Balance General Office. In February 2010 he became Deputy Chief of the Cabinet of the Minister of Defence. In 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Major General, becoming the Defence and Defence Cooperation Attaché at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC. In 2018 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and in February 2019 he assumed the appointment of Italian Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff. Since 31 October 2021 he is the Italian Air Force Chief of Staff.

During his career, he has acquired more than 2,900 flying hours, more than 2,000 being on the Tornado.

Information provided is current as of July 2022

From the Author

100 Years of the Italian Air Force

An Introspective Look over a Centenary of Tangible Relevance
By Lt Gen 
The JAPCC’s Interview with Lieutenant General Luca Goretti, Chief of the Italian Air Force ‘We already have the institutional duty to defend our skies; in the coming years, threats will come from much higher, but [...]

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