Col John R. Quattrone, USAF, Retired


Col John Quattrone, USAF, Retired, joined the R-MA staff in the fall of 2017.
Senior Aerospace Instructor

M.P.A., Troy State University
B.S., California State University

A desire to serve his country led John Quattrone to his 24-year career in the U.S. Air Force.  

Col Quattrone was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in May 1987 and attended the USAF Security Police Academy in February of 1988.   Col Quattrone served in a variety of locations over the years, including Texas, Italy, California, Germany, Japan and Virginia. Being bilingual in Italian, he was especially valuable in Italy, where he served a total of nine years over his career, including a two-year assignment as the Installation Commander at Ghedi Air Base. Col Quattrone also had several short-term assignments to other countries, such as Africa, the U.A.E., Iraq, Kuwait, Spain, England, Greece and Korea. That cultural experience serves him well at Randolph-Macon Academy, where the student body includes representatives from more than a dozen countries each year. 

That international experience is not the only way in which the Air Force prepared Col Quattrone to work as a teacher at a boarding school. Throughout his Air Force career, he found himself at the head of various classrooms teaching US and international students. He served as an adjunct professor of the NATO College in Germany, instructed Japanese Self Defense forces and Italian military personnel on the fundamentals of force protection, and taught Antiterrorism Levels I through IV to US military staff officers, front line commanders and general officers. 

During these teaching assignments, and in his time as a three-time squadron commander, Col Quattrone discovered that he enjoyed the process of mentoring, teaching, and coaching young people. When he retired from the Air Force in 2012, he put in his package to teach Air Force JROTC, but before he could complete the move into the classroom, he began working for Command Consulting Group, where he served as a security consultant for various Fortune 500 companies. During his most recent job as the senior managing director for the National Rifle Association, Col Quattrone trained law enforcement officers how to conduct security and safety assessments in schools. 

A product of ROTC himself, Col Quattrone has witnessed the impression JROTC can have on a student…in his own son, who was in JROTC for two years. “You live the Air Force Core Values: Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in All We Do,” he explains. “For my son, I saw a different level of motivation, of respect, of discipline, because those values were instilled on a daily basis.”

A graduate of the Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Air Command and Staff College, and the Air War College, Colonel Quattrone also holds a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University in addition to his Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University, Sacramento. He is recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal which is awarded by the Secretary of Defense to members of the United States Armed Forces who have rendered superior meritorious service while serving in a position of great responsibility.

Col Quattrone’s wife—whom some might consider eligible for military wife sainthood after moving 14 times in 25 years—is the assistant principal at Bel Air Elementary School. The couple has two sons, Robert and Daniel, who are both currently at Virginia Tech. In his spare time and good weather, Col Quattrone can be found on the Potomac River—usually boating, tubing, or fishing. When the weather is less cooperative, he is content to read a good book or watch a movie with the family.