Chris “Sharky” Mazzei

USAF & USAFR C-17 Pilot
Major Airline Pilot

Chris graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and commissioned through the ROTC program in 2001.  Following UPT graduation from Laughlin AFB, TX he was assigned to fly the C-17.  During his 16-year Active Duty career, he conducted operations all over the globe while being assigned to bases in Washington, New Jersey, Germany, and Oklahoma. In 2018, Chris made the jump to the USAF Reserves to assist a unit transitioning from the C-130H to the C-17, serving as the unit’s Squadron Commander. In this role, Chris led numerous hiring boards as the board chairman, giving him unique insights into the UPT/Rated interview process.

In 2022, he retired from military service and transitioned to the commercial airline industry and now flies for a major airline. He is extremely passionate about helping the next generation of aspiring military aviators reach their goals!

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