Senior National Defense Fellow, U.S. Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Jay Sabia commanded the 4th Fighter Squadron where he led 40 Airmen in one of the U.S. Air Force’s premier F-16 squadrons.
Over the past eighteen years, Lieutenant Colonel Sabia held numerous tactical and operational level positions throughout the United States Air Force. As a core F-16 pilot, he participated in multiple bilateral, coalition, joint and NATO training exercises throughout Europe, northern Africa, the Middle East, and Pacific. He flew combat missions in both Operations Allied Force over Serbia and Southern Watch over Iraq.
Lieutenant Colonel Sabia’s staff experience includes positions in the Secretary of the Air Force’s action group, Joint Staff J-3, and United States Air Forces Europe headquarters. Additionally, he planned the application of air power for a wide range of missions including NATO air policing and combat air operations for Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Lieutenant Colonel Sabia graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1995 and earned a graduate degree from George Washington University in 2003. He is married with two sons.
He is currently the Special Assistant to the Special Envoy for Buantanamo Detention Closure at the U.S. Department of Defense.