Air Commander Australia (ACAUST)

Air Vice-Marshal Joe Iervasi, AM

Air Vice-Marshal Joe Iervasi was born in Sydney. He joined the RAAF in 1985, completed flying training in 1989, and converted onto the F/A-18 Hornet in 1991.

Air Vice-Marshal Iervasi served at No 3 Squadron as a junior pilot before proceeding on exchange to No 5 Squadron RAF flying the Tornado F3. During this tour he deployed on Operation Deny Flight enforcing the nofly zone over Bosnia-Herzigovnia (1995). Upon return to Australia he served as a flight commander at both Nos 77 Squadron and 75 Squadron.

In 2001 Air Vice-Marshal Iervasi completed the inaugural Australian Command and Staff College at Weston Creek and was subsequently posted to Capability Systems in Russell Offices. During this period he was responsible for the development and sponsorship of F/A-18, F-111 and Hawk major capital equipment projects, with the most notable being the Hornet Upgrade Project. In 2005 he returned to Williamtown as the No. 81 Wing Senior Operations Officer and assumed command of No 3 Squadron in Dec 2005.

He was promoted to Group Captain on 12 Jan 2009 and served as Chief of Staff Air Combat Group.

In 2010 Air Vice-Marshal Iervasi completed the Defence and Strategic Studies Course and was appointed as Officer Commanding No 81 Wing in December of that year. In January 2013 Air Vice-Marshal Iervasi was posted as Chief of Staff to the Vice Chief of the Defence Force.

Following this posting Air Vice-Marshal Iervasi was promoted to Air Commodore and deployed to the Middle East as the Director, US Central Command 609th Combined Air Operations Centre at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. He returned to Australia in Jul 2014 and was appointed to the position of Director General Air Command Operations (Headquarters Air Command) and Director General Air (Headquarters Joint Operations Command) where he commanded global air operations including Operation OKRA.  This posting was followed in December 2016 with a two year appointment as Commander Air Warfare Centre. 

In December 2018, on promotion to Air Vice-Marshal, he was appointed Commander Joint Task Force 633 and deployed again to the Middle East this time stationed in Al Minhad Air Base, in Dubai. Air Vice-Marshal Iervasi took up his current role as Air Commander Australia in Jul 2019.

Air Vice-Marshal Iervasi has over 3000 hours flying fast jets.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Masters of Management in Defence Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies.

He has been awarded the Medal in the Order of Australia (2009), Australian Active Service Medal (Balkans and ICAT Clasps), Afghanistan Medal, Defence Long Service Medal with Third Clasp, and the Australian Defence Medal. He was appointed as a Member in the Order of Australia in 2016.

Air Vice-Marshal Iervasi is married to Donna Allen. They have twin daughters, Rosie and Lily. He enjoys travel, cricket, reading, and entertaining.