Hometown: Smyrna, Tennessee
Joe Walker graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2005 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and immediately commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. Also having served in Germany and Afghanistan, his interest in the Middle East was sparked by the completion of multiple combat and advisory deployments to Iraq. Upon transitioning to the Army’s foreign area officer program, he studied Modern Standard Arabic at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA in 2013-2014 and completed a short language immersion at the Institute for Leadership and Communication Studies in Rabat, Morocco. Most recently he completed a tour at the United States Embassy in Amman, Jordan working in security cooperation. As part of his role, he also conducted extensive travel throughout the MENA region, gaining wide exposure to its history, culture, politics, and religion.