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About Joe

Born in Houston, TX in 1985, Joe grew up in Fort Bend County his entire childhood.  From the rural reaches of Richmond, Rosenberg and Needville to the suburban areas like Mission Bend, West Oaks and Sugar Land.

Looking up to multiple grand parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who served in nearly every branch of the military - Joe had decided at a very young age that he wanted to serve in the armed forces.

At George Bush High School, Joe was introduced to aspects of the United States Armed Forces through Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.  JROTC introduced him to military organization and jargon - but most importantly it taught him to become a good citizen.

Joe enlisted at the age of 17 into the US Army, completing Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and then CH-47 Helicopter Maintenance Course at Fort Eustis, VA.  After training, he served all over the world in places like South Korea, Iraq, Alaska, and Kansas - earning multiple Air Medals and achievement medals.  Joe became a CH-47 Flight Engineer while on active duty and acquired over 1500 hours of combat flight time in Iraq during 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Despite an April 2008 accident in Ramdi, Iraq, Joe's love for flying grew every time he left the earth's surface.  The threat of enemy gun fire, RPG's and the sweltering heat - he would excitedly don his flight gear each night - taking the fight to the enemy.

Some of his favorite flights would include the most intense; flying on missions for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force or CJSOTF.  These mission included SEAL Team insertions and Army Special Forces mobilizations across the entire country of Iraq.

With the combat slowing down in Iraq and Joe and his wife receiving custody of his daughters, Joe made the tough decision to leave the military after a decade to make sure he was home for his girls.

In 2012 Joe utilized the Post 9/11 GI Bill at Kansas State University to transition from CH-47 Helicopter Flight Engineer to civilian helicopter pilot.

Joe returned home with $300 and began a helicopter tour and wildlife management company.  Despite prominent businessmen and financial institutions telling him it can't be done - Joe fought tirelessly to get his business afloat. 

Long days and nights while "wearing all the hats", Joe's company is now the busiest Houston-based air tour operator for nearly 6 years.  Joe continues to manage the operations in his off time, while working full-time offshore - flying oil & gas employees to oil rigs.

Joe has two daughters from a previous marriage and one with his current wife, ages 12, 11, and 6 months.  His wife is a law enforcement officer and Texas Army National Guard soldier.  They live in central Fort Bend County where they just bought their first home together.

Joe is driven by family, friendship, and neighbors.

"I believe that a House Representative is the most direct form of representation at the federal level, and as such - requires constant contact with constituents.  I will open up new doors allowing the people's voices heard quickly - and then represented in Washington D.C. proudly"

Committee to Elect Joe Walz
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