Senior Policy Advisor Air National Guard

Colonel Robert R. D’Alto is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Air National Guard to the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. The Reserve Forces Policy Board serves as an independent adviser to the Secretary of Defense, providing advice and recommendations to the Secretary on strategies, policies, and practices designed to improve and enhance the capabilities, efficiency and effectiveness of the seven Reserve components.

Colonel D’Alto was commissioned through the Academy of Military Science, and has served as an Air Battle Manger for the 101st Air Control Squadron, Worcester, MA. He has served at Otis Air National Guard Base in multiple positions as a Communications Officer with the 253rd Combat Communications Group, and as an Instructor, Evaluator, Director of Operations and Commander on the AN/GSQ 272 SENTINEL Weapon System, for the 101st Intelligence Squadron. He has served as the Air National Guard Readiness Center as a Cyber Program manager, and as the Chief of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Division. In his role as the as the Chief of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division, he provided direction for 11,500 Air National Guard personnel in each of the states and territories ad provided functional area management of over 60 field units conducting operations in both air and ground ISR missions.

Colonel D’Alto has mobilized and served during various contingency operations with First Air Force, CENTCOM, and AFSOC while supporting Operations CORNET NIGHTHAWK, NOBLE EAGLE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN.

EDUCATION

  • 1992 Associate in Applied Science, Community College of the Air Force
  • 1993 Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA 1998
  • Detection System Specialist School, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA
  • 2001 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
  • 2004 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence 2012 Air War College, by correspondence
  • 2015 Naval War College, Master of Arts, National Security & Strategy Studies, Newport, RI

ASSIGNMENTS

  • 1996 Air Battle Manager Trainee, Tyndall AFB, FL
  • 1996 Air Battle Manager, 101st Air Control Squadron, Worcester Air National Guard Station, Worcester, MA
  • 2001 Communication Computer Systems Officer, 253 Combat Communications Group, Otis Air National Guard Base, MA
  • 2001 Operations and Training Officer, 253 Combat Communications Group Operating Location, Hanscom AFB, Bedford, MA
  • 2005 Senior Intelligence Analyst, Joint Force Headquarters, Milford, MA
  • 2008 Director of Operations, 101st Intelligence Squadron, Otis Air National Guard Base, MA
  • 2010 Commander, 101st Intelligence Squadron, Otis Air National Guard Base, MA
  • 2014 Naval War College, Master of Arts, National Security & Strategy Studies Newport, RI
  • 2015 Cyber Warfare Program Element Manager, Air National Guard, Joint Base Andrews, MD
  • 2017 Chief, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Division, Air National Guard, Joint Base Andrews, MD
  • 2019 Senior Policy Advisor for the Air National Guard to the Reserve Forces Policy Board, Office of the Secretary of Defense

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

  • Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Air Force Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Air Force Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Combat Readiness Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • National Defense Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
  • Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (1 Hourglass)
  • USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (1 Bronze Star)
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • Army Service Ribbon

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

  • Second Lieutenant    June 1995
  • First Lieutenant         June 1997
  • Captain                     June 1999
  • Major                        June 2003
  • Lieutenant Colonel   April 2010
  • Colonel                    January 2017
(Current as of February 2019)

Colonel Robert R. D’Alto

Colonel Robert R. D'Alto