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Joe Debose

Joseph Bruce Debose- Chief Operating Officer & Director of Veteran Services– Joseph, better known as Joe, currently serves as COO and Director of Veterans Services for Project Boots on the Ground. He was born and raised in Ortonville, MI and has lived in Detroit since 2015.

Joe enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, serving nearly 10 years as an Infantryman until 2009. He deployed to combat five times, leading Marines in some of the heaviest fighting of the wars, including The Second Battle of Fallujah in Iraq, and the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. Joe has been awarded both the Bronze Star Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for Valor in Combat,in addition to other personal and unit honors.

From 2006 to 2008 Joe was tasked with supervising the conduct and operation of the Marine Corps Water Survival Program for Marine Forces Pacific Command (MARFORPAC). In his supervisory role Joe taught and qualified over 3000 Marines in various levels of water survival. It was also during this time that he became concerned with the outdated training curriculum and the increasing number of drowning deaths occurring in Iraq, Afghanistan, and during training. This concern prompted Joe and a few other Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to take their concerns to Marine Corps Training and Education Command (TECOM). Joe was then entrusted with the responsibility of representing III Marine Expeditionary Force on the Integrated Process Team that designed, tested, and developed the curriculum for the current Marine Corps Water Survival Program.

In 2008 Joe deployed to the Korengal Valley, which at the time was considered the deadliest zone in Afghanistan. There he served as Senior Combat Advisor of a three man team that embedded with, trained, and advised the only Afghan National Army (ANA) pure firebase in Kunar Province. Joe also developed a mentoring program in order to train ANA leadership on how to effectively counsel and evaluate soldiers both individually and as a unit. His tenure with the ANA, along with his years of military and combat experience, has culminated into Joe leading the design and integration of proven military frameworks into our regenerative, collaborative, and interdependent leadership development structures.

Joe is currently working toward earning his bachelor’s degree in Economics while dually enrolled at Oakland University/Oakland Community College. In addition to his regular studies, Joe has spent six years independently researching traditional and alternative drug-free therapies and treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and pain management. He plans to attend graduate school to study Neuroscience with the goal of expanding on his research and developing safer, more efficient treatments and therapies for veterans who suffer from PTS and TBI.