Prof. Joseph (Joe) Groves served in the U.S. Army from July 1989 until December 2009. He started as Airborne Infantry in Vicenza, Italy, where he took his first class with UMUC. After spending two years in RECON Platoon, SGT Groves tried out for Special Forces. Upon completing the Special Forces Medical Sergeant’s Course, SSG Groves was assigned to 1st BN, 1st Special Forces Group at Torii Station in Okinawa in March 1995. Except for three years spent state-side on two postings, Prof. Groves has been in Okinawa ever since! While on Active Duty, he embraced the Tuition Assistance program, attending UMUC Asia here in Okinawa to complete a dual B.S. in Asian Studies and History. After Active Duty retirement, Prof. Groves used his Post-911 Bill to complete an M.A. in Military History at Norwich University. Since retirement from the military, Prof. Groves continues to teach U.S. Marines and Sailors in Tactical Combat Casualty Care at Camp Hansen. He is the Program Manager of MSTC-N, still working on keeping Service Members healthy and alive. Prof. Groves joined the UMUC Asia Staff this year (2019) in the Asian Studies department and looks forward to sharing his experiences in Asia with new students.