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Joseph A. La Marca is a retired Lt. Colonel from the U.S. Air Force.  He is a recipient of the President’s Distinguished Circle, Toastmasters International award, and was the recipient of multiple other awards, including The Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Overseas Medal (Long Tour) Overseas Medal (Short Tour), Air Force Longevity Service Award with four Oak Leaf Clusters, 15th Air Force Combat Crew Excellence Award, and the President’s Distinguished Circle. 


His tenure as a Professor, consultant and lecturer includes the Air War College, the Defense Systems Management College, and the Airforce Leadership and Management Development Center.  Additionally, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Center for Engineering and Business Administration, and an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at the Louisiana State University.


His many scholarly papers include “A Review of Published Articles Concerning Program Management Course Design at the Defense Systems Management College,” University of Southern California, 1986 “Merits of Acognitive Methods in Management,” Louisiana State University, 1980 “Discrepancies Between Management Theory and Management Practice,” Louisiana State University.   Additionally, his many publications include “The Distinguished Military Graduate,” Case Studies in Leadership and Management, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Air University, Air Training Command, 1979.


He holds multiple degrees at the Masters level including an MBA from the University of Wyoming, an MA from the University of Northern California.  He has completed all the course work for his Doctorate degree.

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