John A. Tirpak

John A. Tirpak is Editorial Director of Air Force Magazine, with more than 25 years at the publication and more than 34 years in defense journalism. He has written for Aviation Week & Space TechnologyAerospace Daily, and Jane’s, reporting from all 50 US states and 25 countries. He has been recognized with awards for journalistic excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Aviation and Space Writer’s Association, the Association of Business Publications International, and was the recipient of the 2018 Gill Robb Wilson Award in Arts and Letters from the Air Force Association. He has also lectured at the National War College and did postgraduate research at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum.