LtCol Giuseppe "Joe" Stavale
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Miramar Air Show
Topic: Managing Security & Mitigating Risks for Air Shows
Lieutenant Colonel Stavale was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1988 and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant after 10 years of active-duty service. He earned a regular commissioned in December 1998 upon graduation from The Basic School (TBS) by finishing in the top 5% of his class. His highest education was at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California where he graduated with a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs in 2004 and published a thesis on the evolution of the Japanese Constitution.
His enlisted service includes assignments as a combat engineer, Marine Security Guard (MSG), and military policeman in the operating forces in Japan and with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with participation in Operation SHARP EDGE in Monrovia, Liberia in 1990. He also served in the Marine Corps’ supporting establishment in Japan and Marine Corps Combat Development Command Quantico, Virginia and in special duty assignments with MSG Detachments at the U.S. Embassies in Athens, Beijing, and Rome, and service with Inspector and Instructor Staff Dayton, Ohio.
Upon completion of TBS, Lieutenant Stavale continued service as a military police officer with MWHS-1 and the Provost Marshal’s Office, Camp Butler in Okinawa, Japan serving as a platoon commander, in several staff positions, and as Aide de Camp. In 2003, Captain Stavale reported to the Marine Detachment Monterey, California for training as a Northeast Asia Foreign Area Officer with a focus on Japan. Upon completion of language training in Japanese at the Defense Language Institute in 2006, Captain Stavale reported to the Defense Attaché Office, U.S. Embassy Tokyo for in-country training.
In 2007, Captain Stavale assumed the duties as Provost Marshal, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and by 2010 won the DoD Award for Best Antiterrorism Program at a small installation. During this period, Major Stavale deployed ISO Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Major Stavale was then transferred to Headquarters, U.S. Forces, Japan (USFJ) and served in the J-3 as a branch chief managing training and readiness programs such as airspace management, all bilateral training relocation programs, Alliance Transformation Ad-Hoc Working Group-TRAINING under the Alliance Transformation Oversight Panel which was established to carry-out Realignment initiatives in accordance with the Defense Policy Review Initiative, served as the lead USFJ action officer for the introduction of the MV-22 into Japan, and served as U.S. Co-Chairman of the Aircraft Noise Abatement Subcommittee under the Joint Committee. Major Stavale served in multiple roles during Operation TOMODACHI in Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures, Japan and was recognized for his overseas service by the U.S. Junior Chamber by receiving the Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award in 2011 for cultural achievement in Chicago, Illinois.
In 2013, Major Stavale was by-name requested to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing where he served on the G-3 staff until January 2015, when he was reassigned to 3D Law Enforcement Battalion and served as the battalion executive officer. In May 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Stavale assumed and executed the duties of executive officer, III MEF Headquarters Group until his transfer in July 2017 when he reported to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California and assumed duties as installation Provost Marshal.
Lieutenant Colonel Stavale has published numerous articles in newspapers and professional journals and contributed a chapter to a book, namely on topics pertaining to the U.S.-Japan Alliance. Lieutenant Colonel Stavale has professional fluency in Italian and Japanese.