Lieutenant Colonel Joseph DiMambro graduated from Shawnee High School in 1996. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and completed boot camp training at Parris Island in August 1999 as an Infantryman. He joined C Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines in Plainville, CT, and completed the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger in the summer of 2000 as the company honor graduate. He graduated from Western New England University in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Criminal Justice and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Officer Candidate Course in March 2002. Upon completion of The Basic School, he reported to the Naval Aviation Training Command in Pensacola, FL, and achieved designation as a Naval Aviator in June 2004.
After receiving his wings, First Lieutenant DiMambro reported to HMM(T)-164 at MCAS Camp Pendleton for initial training in the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter. In January 2005, First Lieutenant DiMambro reported to HMM-161 aboard MCAS Miramar, CA. During the next four and a half years, he completed three Operation IRAQI FREEDOM deployments and served as Operations Schedule Writer, Flight Officer, Airframes Officer in Charge and Assistant Operations Officer. He was promoted to Captain in August 2006. In April 2008, Captain DiMambro participated in and graduated from Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course.
In June 2009, Captain DiMambro was assigned to HMM(T)-164, aboard MCAS Camp Pendleton to serve as an instructor pilot and the Administration Officer in Charge. While at HMM(T)-164, he was selected to transition to the MV-22B Osprey and to stand up VMM-561 as the Assistant Operations Officer. From June 2010 to June 2013, Captain DiMambro assisted in the transition of two squadrons to the MV-22B at MCAS Miramar: VMM-561 and VMM-163.
Major DiMambro reported to Marine Corps Command and Staff College in July 2013 from which he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Military Studies in June 2014. Major DiMambro then reported to Marine Aircraft Group 16 aboard MCAS Miramar and was assigned to VMM-268 where served as the Operations Officer and Director of Safety and Standardization. He deployed to Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait, with SPMAGTF-CR-CC 16.1 in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
In August 2016, Major DiMambro was assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force G-7 as an Exercise Director for Expeditionary Operations Training Group, designing and leading certification exercises. In July 2017, Major DiMambro reported to MWHS-3 where he graduated from the Aviation Safety Officer’s Course and was assigned as the 3d Marine Aircraft Wings Aviation Safety Officer and Director of Safety and Standardization.
Lieutenant Colonel DiMambro’s personal awards include the Air Medal with Strike/Flight Numeral “17” and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars.