Joseph V. Medina
Brigadier General Retired
United States Marine Corps
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After graduating from the United States Naval Academy (Physics), Joseph was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps. He later earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
As a Marine, he held increasing responsibilities from infantry platoon commander, company commander of five companies, Battalion Commander, Commander of 3rd Marines, served as Associate Professor of Naval Science at Penn State University and Chief of Operational Plans at European Command in Stuttgart, Germany where he led the planning effort for operations in Bosnia and Kosovo.
Upon promotion to Brigadier General, he oversaw the ground-up development for a new organization, Expeditionary Strike Group THREE (ESG3). He was the first Marine Corps General to lead a Naval Task Force with operational control of ships. He led ESG3 during a combat deployment in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, where he was dual assigned as Commander Task Force 58 with the mission to "to locate, disrupt and defeat terrorists and foreign fighters." He had operational control of multiple amphibious ships, an Aegis Cruiser and Destroyer, multiple Navy and Coast Guard vessels, UK and Australian ships, and two Marine Expeditionary Units.
Following this, he was reassigned as Commanding General Marine Corps Base Butler, the Marine Corps' most complex installation encompassing two air stations and eight separate bases in Japan, and later as Commanding General, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Deputy Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force until his retirement in 2007.
Entering the private sector, Joseph joined Granite Services International (a GE company) overseeing engineering services as the General Manager, Asia Pacific Region. He later joined the Elliott Group as the Global Director for engineering field services where he established service centers in India and China and oversaw several multi-million dollar field service projects in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the United States. He is currently based in Houston and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Asia Pacific Strategies & Solutions Group and Chief Executive Officer at Inner Voyage Leadership Group.
He has served on multiple boards of international companies and is a Fellow of the American College of National Security Leaders. Among multiple national recognition received was inclusion by Complex Media as one of "10 Hispanic Icons That Made a Significant Cultural Impact".