Col. Kimberlee Joos – Alumni Merit Award Recipient

Col. Kimberlee Joos

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Col. Kimberlee Joos

Joos, who graduated from Southeast in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology, is a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer. In 2002, she earned a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and earned diplomas the Air University in 2006 and National Defense University in 2011.

Joos received her officer commission in 1991 through the Reserve Officer Training Program (ROTC) at Southeast and entered active duty service in 1992. She served as an intelligence officer from 1992 to 2015, retiring at the rank of colonel.

During her 23 years of military service, she was selected to command on three separate occasions, and served in numerous overseas locations, including Korea, Japan, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Her final position as commander of the 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, included responsibility for the Department of Defense Fire Academy and multi-service intelligence technical training, which graduated more than14,000 students annually. She managed real property, equipment, supplies and contracts in excess of $1.09 billion with an annual operating budget exceeding $106 million.

Her military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with Five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with One Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Korean Defense Service Medal. In 2014, she received the “Women of Achievement Celebration Award” from the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau for her accomplishments throughout her military career.

Joos was recently appointed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to a six-year term on the Texas Veterans Commission, which serves as the state-appointed advocate of Texas veterans as they attempt to secure the benefits rightfully earned in exchange for their service in the nation’s armed forces.

Joos makes her home in Argyle, Texas, but remains a passionate St. Louis Cardinals fan. She enjoys traveling, gardening and golf. She volunteers with the Argyle High School Band and Athletic Boosters, Saint Mark Catholic Church and serves on the board of the Denton County Master Gardener Association. She also continues to support Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau, where she is a 1987 alumna, through their Education Fund Foundation.

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