Joe Aldaz serves as the Installation Program Manager for Fort Carson’s Onward to Opportunity program, formerly known as the Veteran Career Training Program (VCTP), a champion for the professional training and certification of transitioning veterans and their spouses. Joe is a highly experienced university, education, government, and nonprofit administrator. Joe has aspired to lead a post-military career of “Service before Self.”
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 developed statewide executive-level relationships to build coalitions/alliances focused on building service capacity in the areas of employment/transition, behavioral health, legal, and faith.
Joe retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force after a 21-year distinguished service career serving as a space operations officer culminating as the Director of Athletics at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School. Upon retirement, Joe has led a life of public service having 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.
In recent years Joe has served on various community nonprofit boards and is currently a board member for Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado and Co-Chair of the Pikes Peak Community College Hispanic Advisory Committee chartered to develop the strategy to become a Hispanic Serving Institution.
Joe Aldaz 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. Joe 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. Joe resides in Colorado Springs with his wife, Tami and are the proud parents of Alyssa, a Colorado College graduate and four-year basketball letter winner who works as a Film Editor in Los Angeles and Steven, a graduate of the University of Dallas and three-year basketball letter winner currently working for the USO Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Center.