Brigadier General Giuseppe Sgamba
Assistant Director of the Joint Air Power Competence Centre
Air Force Brigadier General Giuseppe Sgamba (regular entry officer / flying role) was born on 22 July 1963 in Rome, Italy. He attended the Italian Air Force Academy’s regular courses from 1982 to 1986, namely BOREA IV Course.
After his appointment as pilot of SF-260 aircraft in 1982, he gained his navigator license in Mather – Air Force Base – California, in 1987. He attended his military operational convertion unit (O.C.U.) for TORNADO aircraft Weapons Systems Operator in Cottesmore – Air Force Base – UK, in 1988.
In that same year, he was assigned to the 36th Fighter Wing at Gioia del Colle Air Base (Italy) where he served until 1995 when he was transferred to the Military Representation of the Italian Air Force at the Royal Air Force in Cottesmore, UK, as flying instructor for operational tactics (COBC: Conventional all-weather fighter-bombers).
In 1999 he returned to Italy and was assigned to the 6th Wing at Ghedi Air Base where he served as flight simulator division chief and flying instructor within the Tornado aircraft Operational Training Group.
In 2001 he took over Command of the 406th Operational Technical Services Group of the 6th Wing. In 2002 he was sent to RaMI in Washington-DC (USA) as national representative of the C4I (Interoperability) Team, within the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
Upon his return to Italy in 2005, within the 4th Innovation and Logistics Department of the Italian Air Force General Staff, he acted as project manager in charge of the EF2000 aircraft development and in country in-servicing.
He was Commander of the EW Operational Wing from 2009 to July 2012.
He was Commander of the Air Force 4th Brigade Telecommunications, Air Defense Systems and Air Navigation Services from 2014 to 2016.
He was Deputy Chief of the Information and Security Department of the Italian Defence General Staff responsible for Information and Security Division for INTEL Policy, EW, Asymmetric Threat and Satellite Earth Observation from 2016 to 2018.
As of 15 August 2018 he is the Assistant Director of the Joint Air Power Competence Centre.
Brigadier General Sgamba attended the following courses:<
- “Air Electronic Warfare Basic” course, School of Aerospace Studies, Winnipeg, Canada (1989);
- “Electronic Warfare Operations/Staff Officer” course, Mather, U.S.A. (1992);
- “Tactical Leadership Program”, Florennes, Belgium (1993);
- “Competent to Instruct” course, Cottesmore Air Base, U.K. (1995);
- 57th Regular Course, Air Warfare School, Florence, Italy (1994);
- 2nd ISSMI (Joint Services Staff College) Course, Rome ITALY (2000);
- 1st Course for Legal Adviser, CASD (Centre for Defense Higher Studies), Rome Italy;
- “Performance Based Logistics & Integrated Logistics Systems: Contracting & Modelling” Course, Tor Vergata University, Rome (Italy);
- “Counterterrorism Challenges in Region of South-Eastern Europe” (2018), Maribor (Slovenia);
- “Generals, Flag Officers and Ambassadors” Course, NATO Defence College Rome Italy (2018).
He has participated in the following flying operations:
- Gulf War 1990-1991;
- NATO Kosovo Operation 1999;
- NATO Unified Protector Libya 2011.
Brigadier General Sgamba has more than 2,000 flight hours and he is qualified for flying the following aircraft types: SF-260, T-37, T-43, AT-38, MB339A, Tornado IDS.
Brigadier General Sgamba has a university degree in Aeronautical Sciences (University of Naples “Federico II”) as well as a degree in Diplomatic and International Sciences (University of Trieste).
He has been awarded the following decorations:
- Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic;
- Air Force Medal for Long Air Navigation (in Gold);
- Gold Cross for Service Seniority;
- Commemorative Medal for the liberation of Kuwait, awarded by the Sovereign of Saudi Arabia;
- Commemorative Medal for the liberation of Kuwait, awarded by the Prince of Kuwait;
- Warfare Badge for participating in military operations in the Persian Gulf as fighter-bomber expert;
- Commemorative Cross of Merit for participating in Persian Gulf Operations;
- NATO Service Medal for operations in former Yugoslavia;
- Commemorative Medal for Armed Forces personnel employed by the United Nations as Intervention Forces;
- Service Merit Medal, awarded by the President of the USA.
Brigadier General Sgamba is married and has two children.