Tony is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel with a PhD in physics. He was born in Italy and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees, both in physics, from Cleveland State University.
Tony joined the Air Force after receiving his Master’s degree, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1978. His first Air Force assignment was as a flight test engineer where he got to fly back seat in the F-101 and F-106 aircraft. As he puts it, “I wasn’t the first to go Mach 1+ but it was fun nevertheless.” He won an Air Force PhD scholarship and was awarded his doctorate in physics (nonlinear optics) from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1987.Tony then worked for six years in the Strategic Defense Initiative’s (a.k.a. Star Wars) high energy laser program in both DoD and DoE laboratories. During this time he authored a number of technical articles and won the United States Air Force Research and Development Award which was presented at the Pentagon. Tony’s last assignment before retiring in 1998 was with the Office of the Inspector General at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.
Since retiring from the Air Force, Tony has worked in software and hardware development, aerospace modeling and simulation and in various other technical and managerial positions. He has also taught as an adjunct physics and mathematics professor at the University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College.
Tony was active in the FairTax movement as a community coordinator and co-managed a local political action committee for four years that dealt with a myriad of local issues. Tony is still active in local Beavercreek, Ohio politics and is the author of All Politics is Loco: Musings from the Conservative Next Door. He and his wife, Donna, have two grown daughters. His oldest daughter, Julie, and her husband, Matt, are both practicing attorneys and were White House interns during the George W. Bush administration. His youngest daughter, Sarah, is currently in nursing school.