Joe joined the army on February 6, 2003. He completed Infantry basic training, advanced individual training, and airborne school in June 2003. Mid-July, 2003 Joe arrived to Fort Bragg, North Carolina and was assigned to 1/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division with his older brother Isaac. He was selected to serve in the Battalion Scout Sniper section upon arrival to unit.
Six weeks later, Joe deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in early September of 2003 and completed a seven month deployment.
Following the deployment with Isaac, Joe returned to Fort Bragg and graduated Ranger school in September 2004. Two weeks later, Joe attended and graduated the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course. In January 2005, Joe attended US Army Sniper School and graduated Top Gun (Highest Marksmanship) of his class. In the summer of 2005, he graduated the Static Line Jumpmaster course at Fort Bragg.
In the winter of 2005-2006, Joe deployed to Iraq again with 1-504th PIR for a five month deployment.
In August 0f 2006, Joe transferred units to the 82nd Airborne Division Long Range Surveillance Detachment. There he deployed a third time in January 2007 to Afghanistan and completed a fifteen month deployment.