Pat Filien, Capt. Katie Jannazo join Falcons
Jannazo arrived at the Academy from Hanscom AFB, Mass., where she served as the project engineer for Advanced Development for the Airspace Mission Planning Division, Electronic Systems Center. She was responsible for the planning and execution of developmental prototypes, capability research and development of the future engineering strategic plan.
Jannazo was commissioned in 2008 as an ROTC graduate from the University of Notre Dame. She is a career developmental engineer. Her past engineering experience includes working in the Theater Deployable Communications program office where she helped deliver communication suites supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Haiti Earthquake disaster relief.
She also competed in the 2011 Air Force Research Lab's Commander's Challenge, in which her team designed and developed a solution to non-lethally bring down ultra-light aircrafts to prevent narcotic trafficking across the United States-Mexico border. Jannazo is currently pursuing a master's of engineering in systems engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
While receiving her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Notre Dame, she was a member of the women's track and field team, competing in multi-events until focusing on mid-distance sprints in the 500m and 800m. During her tenure with the Irish, Jannazo was part of two Big East championship teams (indoor- 2006/outdoor - 2007) and was also selected twice for Big East Academic All-Star honors.
After commissioning, Jannazo competed for the USAF women's track and field team at the 2010 AirNorth Allied Command Track and Field Championships at RAF Cosford, U.K. She was part of the 4x100 team that came in second overall.
A native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Jannazo currently resides in Colorado Springs.