Jose Antonio (Joe) Torres is the son of a Soldier and brother of four Soldiers, all combat veterans. He joined the Army in 1976, in Ponce Puerto Rico. After Infantry training and Airborne school, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion 75th Infantry (Rangers), at Fort Lewis, Washington. The leaders he encountered there, and the experiences lived in this assignment contributed greatly to the person he is today. After four years in the military he went back to Puerto Rico where he taught high school English and served in the Army Reserve as an instructor in various military leadership schools. After eight years of teaching he decided to return to active duty and served for another twenty-five years, where he held a myriad of positions in assignments throughout the continental United States and overseas. Some of these assignments include Operations Sergeant Major of Task Force 3, with 3rd Medical Command overseeing all medical resources in the Iraqi theater of war, Command Sergeant Major of 32nd Multi-Functional Medical Battalion (Airborne) responsible for all medical logistics, once again in Iraq, Command Sergeant Major of the 3rd Medical Recruiting Battalion, responsible for a nine state area, Command Sergeant Major of the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion, where he stood up, trained and deployed the battalion to the Horn of Africa, overseeing teams in six different countries and Command Sergeant Major the 478th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) where he oversaw the transformation of the unit into the Airborne unit it is today, while deploying teams to four different countries in Central and South America. Jose retired from the Army in 2014.

Since retiring from the Army he has completed a master’s degree in management from Keiser University and plans to continue his education. He currently lives in Saint Cloud, Florida. His hobbies include volunteering, “Jeeping”, working out, travelling, and reading. He is married to the former Sonia Costa and has three grown children and three grandchildren (with another one on the way).