Fort Carson Program Manager, O2O jvaldaz@syr.edu

Joe Aldaz is the Installation Program Manager for Fort Carson’s Onward to Opportunity Program, facilitating the professional training and certification of transitioning veterans and their spouses.

Most recently as the State Community Support Coordinator for Colorado and Wyoming for Army OneSource, Joe assisted state, county, military, and corporations in supporting active-duty, guard, and reserve service members, transitioning service members, veterans, and families

Joe is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served as a space operations officer. During his time in uniform, Joe completed a tour of the Philippines and received the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal.

Upon retirement, Joe has served in several Executive Director capacities in the nonprofit sector to include leading the Rocky Mountain USO, Chavez/Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy, Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Center for American Values. Joe is a board member for Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado and Co-Chair of the Pikes Peak Community College Hispanic Advisory Committee.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Basic Academics from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Arts degree in Space Systems Management from Webster University.  He is also a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership Community Leadership Program and was recognized as an El Pomar Foundation Emerging Leader Trailblazer. He is a certified Information and Referral Specialist.