Living Memorial For Joshua Ballenger

Submitter’s Name: Joseph Ward
The Service Member’s Name: Joshua Ballenger
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: Specialist E-4
Military Job: MOS 25V Combat Documentation and Production Specialist
Hometown for Service Member: The Colony
, Texas

The veteran I interviewed is Joshua Ballenger and he is 33 years old. He was in the U.S. Army for four years and his job in the Army was 25V Combat Documentation and Production Specialist. His unit was the 7th Army JNTC. He was at different bases during his enlistment such as Fort Jackson, Fort Meade, and USAG Grafenwoehr. 

He was in high school during the September 11th attacks and remembers watching the video in class as it was happening. After high school, he did not originally plan on joining the military. He first went to Texas Tech but left after his freshman year. He had a few friends that had joined different branches and decided to enlist at this time. He decided on joining the Army because the position available of Combat Photographer appealed to him and also he’s “not a huge fan of boats”.

He spent most of his time in the Army in Germany. He recalls assisting with weapon training for U.S. and allied soldiers. He also spent a good amount of time photographing and documenting activity at the base. Some of the photographs he shot were used in national publications showing people at home some of what life was like for soldiers abroad.

He says the main thing about military service he remembers is the camaraderie. He made many long lasting friendships with the other soldiers and staff he worked with on a day to day basis. He is also very proud to have served his country.

Since leaving the service, he has married, went back to school to finish his degree at the University of North Texas, and is enjoying civilian life. He and his wife have a house with three dogs, one of which he brought back with him from Germany. You can usually find him hunting, golfing, or at a local brewery trying different craft beers.