Flagler County Veteran of the Week: Nealon Joseph

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Nealon Joseph. Courtesy photo
Nealon Joseph. Courtesy photo
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Nealon Joseph

  • Branch of Military: U.S. Air Force
  • Dates of Service: 2004-2014
  • Rank/Occupation: Staff Sergeant/Security Forces
  • Hometown: Poinciana, Florida

Nealon Joseph enlisted in the Security Forces, the ground combat force and military police service of the United States Air Force responsible for installation law and discipline enforcement, and additionally base defense, and thus also referred to as Defenders. During his 10 years as a Defender, he served in Afghanistan and is a veteran of Operations: Enduring Freedom and Fundamental Justice. Joseph was trained as a Special Weapons and Tactics operator and served as team leader at his assignments in Korea and Turkey. Over the course of his years in Security Forces, he was lead Air Force security liaison to the Secret Service and other governmental agencies for visits by the president and vice president of the United States and the secretary of defense. Joseph also provided personal protection for celebrities Tom Cruise, Jordan Sparks, Gary Sinise and Paula Patton on their troop morale visits. Upon separation from honorable service, Joseph was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two service stars and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, among other decorations. Joseph is an emergency management planner for Flagler County since 2018. Among his many accolades, he was honored as one of Volusia-Flagler Counties' 40 under 40 outstanding young professionals. In 2021, he was awarded valedictorian upon graduation from the Flagler County Leadership Academy.

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