After graduation, Joe served five years on active duty, first as an Artillery Officer in the Second Battalion, Thirty-Ninth Field Artillery in Germany and later in the Second Squadron, Seventeenth Armored Cavalry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell, KY. In 1974 he resigned to go to graduate school at Vanderbillt U. and started a career lasting 35 years with Westinghouse Electric Corp., later Siemens AG.
In his career he lived and worked in Germany, Belgium, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Malaysia. During much of his business career, he remained an active helicopter pilot in the Army National Guard. Currently, he has returned to Graduate school at Rollins College and earned a Masters degree in Liberal Studies and aspires to teach in Florida Colleges.