Ronald Joe-Tallahassee, Florida
Colonel Joe is a staunch Veteran and military personnel advocate. As such, he is frequently requested to speak at events and always incorporates Veterans in his comments. He challenges audiences, stating known truths that America can and must do better regarding taking care of its Veterans, particularly in the areas of homelessness, education, services, and mental health. He notes that Veterans from the Vietnam and Korea era are increasing in age and should have the proper resources to care for them. Additionally, his biography is frequently featured in books, projects, and programs which promote Veterans, to include the 2018 Tallahassee Community College Black History Calendar honoring Veterans and the FAMU Alumni Spotlight Report (Veteran's Day Edition) in 2015. COL Joe was also featured in the Department of Defense journal, Black Americans in Defense of Our Country, serving as a role model for countless soldiers. He is truly recognized as a trailblazer who represents Veterans exceptionally.
Due to his extensive civilian service, COL Joe has earned accolades including the FAMU Distinguished Alumni Award, FAMU President's Service Award and recognition as one of FAMU's 125 Distinguished Alumni. While serving as president of the 100 Black Men of Tallahassee Area (BMOTA), Inc. for four years and immediate past president for 4 years, he revived the organization's mentoring program for youth, especially young black men via its Saturday Success and Summer Success Academies while serving as the co-chair for mentoring, a position he holds today. He incorporates the knowledge and experiences of 100 BMOTA members and community members. In those sessions he shares his definition of character, which is "What one does when no one is watching." He encourages youth to always tell the truth and be of great character.