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Official Obituary of

Joseph Anthony Bavaria

November 11, 1940 ~ January 25, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Joseph Bavaria Obituary

Colonel Joseph A. Bavaria, distinguished military leader and esteemed Military Advisor to the Middle East Peace Team at the Department of State, passed away on January 25, 2024. He was born on November 11, 1940, in Wind Gap, PA, and his legacy resonates through a remarkable career of service and dedication to his country.

Colonel Bavaria's journey of service commenced with his graduation from Pius X High School in Roseto, PA, in 1958. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the US Air Force Academy in 1964. A testament to his commitment, Colonel Bavaria earned his pilot's wings at Moody AFB, GA, in 1965, before undertaking B-52 training at Castle AFB, CA.

His illustrious career saw him become a B-52 aircraft commander with the 340th Bombardment Squadron at Blytheville AFB, AR, where he later transitioned to the F-4 aircraft. Colonel Bavaria's valor shone as he served with the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron in Ubon AFB, Thailand, completing 197 combat missions during his tenure.

After pursuing graduate studies at San Diego State University and intelligence training at Lowry AFB, CO, Colonel Bavaria assumed pivotal roles, including Chief Intelligence Officer at Homestead AFB, FL, and command of the 336th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson AFB, NC.

His expertise led him to NATO Headquarters Allied Forces Central Europe, the Netherlands, and later to the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing as Deputy Commander for Operations, where he flew A-10s at Myrtle Beach AFB, SC. His international service included a tenure as the US Defense and Air Attache to Israel from 1985 to 1988.

Colonel Bavaria's commitment to diplomacy and peace was evident in his role as the Military Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs at the Department of State.

A distinguished command pilot with over 3,000 flying hours, Colonel Bavaria was honored with numerous military awards and decorations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Beyond his illustrious career, Colonel Bavaria cherished his family deeply. He is survived by his beloved wife, Benita Aris, and their children Michael Stephen, Adam Scott, and Heather Lynn.

Colonel Joseph A. Bavaria's unwavering dedication to duty, his valor in service, and his commitment to peace shall forever inspire and resonate within the hearts of those who knew him. His legacy as a patriot, diplomat, and leader remains eternally cherished.

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