COL Ernesto “Pong” DiVittorio, USAF

USAF Chair/Military Instructor

Colonel Ernesto DiVittorio is the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s Chair and a military instructor at the Eisenhower School, National Defense University. As Air Force Chair, he is responsible for U.S. Air Force students and faculty assigned to the Eisenhower School and serves as a military instructor in the National Resource Strategy department.

Prior to his position at NDU, Col DiVittorio served as commander, 366th Fighter Wing. In that position, he was responsible for an F-15E fighter wing consisting of four groups, 16 squadrons, 61 aircraft, 4,200 Airmen and their 5,000 dependents.

Colonel DiVittorio entered the Air Force in 1998 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as a strategist in Headquarters Air Force Checkmate. He is a distinguished graduate of Air Command and Staff College, a graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and a former National Security Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Colonel DiVittorio is a Master Navigator with over 2,650 hours of military flight time including 710 combat hours supporting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE, and RESOLUTE SUPPORT.