Military Department Chair and Instructor
B.A., Columbia College, General Studies
Captain (CPT) Joseph R. Balvanz enlisted in the United States Army in May of 1996 as a Combat Engineer with the Airborne option. After completing One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA, he served at Fort Bragg, NC. His previous assignments include Charlie Company, 37th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne) at Ft. Bragg, NC and the 911th Engineer Company, 12th Aviation Battalion (Technical Rescue) at Ft. Belvoir, VA. After completion of the Prime Power School, he was assigned to Bravo Company, 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power), Ft. Bragg, NC. After completion of Drill Sergeant School he was assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment (BCT), Ft. Leonard Wood, MO and instructed at the Drill Sergeant School, Ft Leonard Wood, MO while he served as the 2007 Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Drill Sergeant of the Year. After completion of Officer Candidate School (OCS), he was assigned to the 77th Engineer Company (Vertical), 94th Engineer Battalion (Construction), Ft. Leonard Wood, MO as a platoon leader. Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 94th Engineer Battalion (Construction) as the Executive Officer. Headquarters, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment (BCT), Ft. Benning, GA as the Battalion Operations Officer (S3). Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment (BCT), Ft. Benning, GA as the Company Commander. Finally, CPT Balvanz served as the Assistant Primary Military Science Instructor (APMS) at Albany State University (JROTC). Throughout his career, he continued to develop himself personally and professionally. CPT Balvanz served as a Technical Rescue Team Leader from September 11th through September 22nd, 2001 in response to the terror attack at the Pentagon, with the 911th Technical Rescue Company. As a Squad Leader, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 with Bravo Company, 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power).
His military education includes Basic Airborne School, Air Assault School (graduating with honors), Rescue Systems I, II, and III, Rescue Systems Instructor Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Primary Leaders Development Course (graduating with honors), Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course (graduating with honors), Drill Sergeant School (Graduating with honors), Army Basic Instructor Course, Combative level one course, Officer Candidate School (graduating with honors), Basic Officer Leaders Course I, Basic Officer Leaders Course II (graduating with honors), and the Engineer Captains Career Course (graduating with honors). CPT Balvanz has also trained at the Jungle Warfare Operations Course at Ft. Sherman, Panama, the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, CA, and the Joint Readiness Training Center at Ft. Polk, LA.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (1 silver leaf and 1 oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (2 silver leaf and 1 oak leaf clusters), Good Conduct Medal (4th award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 2, and the Army Service Ribbon. He has earned the Army Superior Unit Award, Basic Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, and foreign parachutist badge (Dominican Republic).
Academic Scheduling Committee
Academic Admissions Committee
Educational Technology Committee
Junior Cadet Leadership Camp (Committee Chair and Liaison)
Rifle Team Coach (Sporter Division)
Flight Club Manager