Joe Ricks

Profile Updated: November 21, 2018
Joe Ricks
Joe Ricks


Joe Ricks


Joe Ricks


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Newton, AL USA
Children (and maybe even grandchildren!): JC (1985), Cody (1987), and Lauren (1995)
Branch of Military Service: US Army Special Forces  
Occupation: Freelance Security Contractor
Class Year: 1975
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Location(s) of Military Service:

Ft. Bragg, NC
Bad Toelz, West Germany (in the Alps)
West Berlin, West Germany
Middle East
Desert Storm (Kuwait City, Kuwait)
Afghanistan (Contractor)
Bosnia (Contractor)
Albania (Contractor)
Kosovo (Contractor)
Colombia, South America (Contractor)


I Medically Retired from the US Army in 1992 after being wounded during Desert Storm. Initially, I became a Police Officer/Detective in NC. When that got boring, I later went into Security Contracting Overseas all PRIOR to 9-11-2001, in Colombia, South America (in the Amazon), then Kosovo before the Balkan War, then Albania, and then Bosnia with the United Nations. I came back stateside in 2000 and took a job in Washington DC as a Contractor and was there during and thru 9-11. In 2003, I joined the US Department of Homeland Security when it formed and stayed with them until Jan of 2012. I then went back to Overseas Security Contracting in Afghanistan. In 2014, I came back and decided to stay stateside.

Family/Sibling(s) Status:
(i.e., Name, Graduating class, etc)

Divorced and Single. Graduated in the Class of 1975.

How did you hear about the site?

From another website (Facebook,, etc) Facebook

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Joe Ricks has left an In Memory comment for Debbie Rowland Padgett.
Nov 21, 2018 at 4:33 PM


It's been a long time since I saw or spoke to you (I think it was in '75), but Debbie was a very special person to me and she was my date at our Senior Prom in '75. I'm so sorry she is gone. The world is a lesser place without her.

If you look at my profile, I made our prom picture my Main Photo..

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Posted on: Oct 13, 2018 at 7:45 PM

Well Mr. B, didn't know if anyone ever told you, but, I did go into the Army, passed Jump Scool and went to the 82d Airborne Division. Stayed there a couple of years, and then went thru and passed Special Forces Qualification Course and stayed on "A" teams for 14 years and an extra 3 years teaching at the SFQC Demo/Engineer Branch. Ended up being wounded in Kuwait City during Desert Storm. Spent a year and a half in the hospital at Ft. Sam Houston healing, and then they medically retired me out. Since the military, I've been all over the world as a security contractor (usually in the worst places). Just wanted to drop you a note and thank you for 'guiding' that young kid in the right direction. Take care, Jack.

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