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Joe Vongs
Lieutenant Colonel Joe
Army War College Fellow

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Vongs enlisted in the Army in 1989 as a Russian Interrogator.  He was nominated, attended, and graduated West Point in 1996 with a BS in Engineering Psychology and commissioned as a Military Intelligence (MI) Officer. Joe’s first post was to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii as the assistant intelligence officer of an infantry battalion, then Brigade, and culminated as a platoon leader for an intelligence platoon.  Joe went to Fort Hood, Texas, serving as the intelligence officer for a cavalry squadron, then helicopter brigade that invaded Iraq in 2003.  While deployed, he assumed command of an intelligence company.  Upon redeployment, he transferred to US Army South in San Antonio as a planner until 2007. After military schooling and earning a MA in Management, Joe deployed as an intelligence advisor for an Iraqi Brigade in Tal Afar.  In 2009, he joined Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS) in Key West, FL, the nation’s large scale counter-drug unit, as a targeting officer and aide de Camp to the JIATFS Director, a Coast Guard Rear Admiral. In 2012, Joe taught as Professor of Military Science at the University of Toledo before arriving to Fort Bragg, NC to command a 300 Soldier intelligence battalion.  His unit deployed to Afghanistan, redeploying in October 2015.  Post command, he was an intelligence chief for the 18th Airborne Corps, the nation’s world-wide quick reaction force. Recently selected for promotion to Colonel, Joe is an Army War College Fellow at MIT and Lincoln Laboratory.