John Currenti was born in Jersey City, NJ and is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Business Administration. John has always had an interest in anything that could fly and decided early on that a career in aviation was what he desired.
He entered the United States Air Force in 1982 through the Officer Training School Lackland AFB, TX. Following pilot training he was assigned as an F-16 pilot at Kunsan Airbase, South Korea. At the time of his first assignment in 1984, John was the youngest pilot ever qualified as mission ready in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He was later posted to Shaw AFB, South Carolina where he was a member of the East Coast F-16 Aerial Demonstration Team.
His tours of duty have taken him all over the globe to include the Pacific, European, and Middle East theaters of operation. He is a highly decorated combat veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star and single mission Air Medal while leading the first airstrikes against hostile forces in the opening hours of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has logged over 50 combat missions and 150 combat hours in support of the Global War on Terror and has over 3500 operational hours in the F-16.
Although older, but not wiser, John continues to fly the F-16 and currently is the Operations Group Commander for the 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama Air National Guard. He also travels the globe as an international Boeing 777 pilot for a major airline. John has been interested in World War II aviation from a young age. He is current and qualified in various vintage warbirds which include the F4U Corsair, SBD-5 Dauntless Dive Bomber and P-51 Mustang, and participates regularly at the Reno National Championship Races.