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Meet Josh

A native North Carolinian, Josh bounced around from foster home to foster home until his grandparents adopted him at four years old.

He enlisted in the Army in 2006 as an Infantryman. His first duty station was 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3/7 Cavalry. He rose up through the ranks to Sergeant and positions of ammo bearer, assistant gunner, gunner, squad leader, and platoon sergeant.

His first deployment was from 2007 to 2008, during the surge, to Baghdad. His platoon was tasked as a Personal Security Detail (PSD) for Military in Transition Teams (MiTTs), during which time he earned his Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

He was again deployed to Iraq, from 2010 to 2011. While on deployment, he reenlisted for another three years for a total of eight.

After returning, he attended the Army’s basic leadership course, Warrior’s Leadership Course (WLC). He was then stationed at Grafenwoehr, Germany for three years under the 172nd Brigade Combat Team, 1/2 Infantry. While on Rear Detachment, he became the Platoon Sergeant for the 4th Platoon. He finished his last year of enlistment in Fort Bliss, El Paso, TX under the 1st Armored Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

When Josh came home, he earned his college degree in politics, philosophy, and economics. He then got to work in his community volunteering with fellow veterans and assisting with disaster relief efforts across the country. He spends every day motivated to serve his community, raise his daughters into strong women and take care of his family, friends and neighbors.

He’s ready to get to work and bring his Western North Carolina values to Raleigh.