Joe Martinez was born and raised in San Antonio Texas, having graduated Harlandale High School in 1980 and joined the U.S. military two weeks after graduation.
Military Firefighter - U.S. Air Force June 1980-June 1984 After graduating from Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, Texas. Attended Air Force Fire Protection Academy at Chanute AFB, IL and completed courses in Fire Science, Emergency Medical Services, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting and Wartime firefighting. Completed Air Force enlistment in June 1984.
DoD Civilian Firefighter – U.S. Air Force July 1986 – Dec 2016 Began Federal Civil Service career as a firefighter at Ft Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Held several positions throughout my career as firefighter, driver/operator, Station Chief, Assistant Fire Chief and finished career as Deputy Fire Chief at Joint Base San Antonio. Completed Associate degree in Fire Science at San Antonio College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupation Education from Wayland Baptist University.
Adjunct Professor at Southern Illinois University since August 2006 teaching courses in Labor Management and Politics in Government.
Fire Instructor San Antonio College Regional Fire Academy since Aug 1996. Married to Irma Martinez and have 4 daughters, Ambrosia Garcia, Tanya Martinez, Amanda Martinez and Cassandra Martinez, one son-in-law, Rey Garcia married to Ambrosia and two granddaughters, Lilliana and Isabella Garcia.