Spotlight Sailor – CDR Joseph Fields
CDR Joseph Fields
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Commander, Selected Reserve
United Airlines Pilot – Airbus 320 Captain
Corpus Christ, Texas
In 2011, after training with Joint Special Operations Command, CDR Fields deployed to Iraq with Special Operations Command (SOCOM) where he served as the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Battle Captain. CDR Fields’ goes above and beyond the expectations of an officer in the Navy Reserve; in addition to serving as his unit’s Executive Officer, he provides 2-3 days a month of direct operational support to his supported command, U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, where he stands watch as the NORAD-NORTHCOM Command Center’s Maritime Domain Chief.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
The many leadership and educational opportunities I have experienced in the Navy Reserve have given me skills that easily transfer to my civilian career, volunteer positions, and even at home with my family. I utilize my Navy leadership experience as a high school assistant coach for my son’s tennis team. This allows me to mentor and guide them to become better tennis players, while simultaneously using the sport as a guide on how to live their lives. I find it is very easy to apply the Navy Core Values – Honor, Courage and Commitment – in everyday life outside of the Navy.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
In December 1993, I was involuntarily released from active duty due to the reduction in forces. It was heartbreaking to have to leave active duty, but it opened a new door. The Reserve has allowed me to continue serving proudly in the military, while beginning a career as an airline pilot, getting married and starting a family.
In my Navy…
I have found lifelong friends, travelled to unique places, survived trials and daunting tasks, and experienced things many never will. But what stands out the most for me is serving with true patriots and belonging to the rich and storied traditions of the US Navy.