Jose is a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and currently a third-year doctoral candidate at Florida International University. He has extensive operational experience in military response to several major natural disasters. His research interest is in U.S. military response to domestic natural disasters.
A native of Florida, Jose graduated from the University of Miami with an Industrial Engineering degree and was a distinguished Air Force graduate. He also has a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Troy State University, a fellowship in European Security Studies from Hamburg University, an MBA from Florida International University and is a graduate of both Air Command & Staff College and Air War College, as well as is a certified Project Manager. He has received numerous awards and decorations including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Presidential Individual of Excellence Award, & the Air Force’s Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award in Europe.