Joe Torres

General Manager, Lake Charles, LA

Joe comes to us as a retired Colonel from the United States Army with 28 years of military service.  Originally from Lake Charles, Joe returned to his hometown upon retirement from the Army and worked in key management positions in the local private sector.

Joe was commissioned in the United States Army in 1979 and held numerous command and key staff positions during his military career as an Infantry Officer.  Joe commanded a Mechanized infantry Company in Germany; an Airborne Infantry Company in Fort Bragg, North Carolina; a Light Infantry Battalion in Fairbanks, Alaska and served as Garrison Commander of Fort Benning, Georgia.  Under his leadership, Fort Benning earned the Army’s Community of Excellence award.   Key staff positions Joe held are Infantry Battalion and Brigade Operations Officer at Fort Ord, California; Chief of Plans Branch of J3 Operations – CENTCOM at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; Chief of Staff- Alaskan Command / JTF-Alaska at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; and Director of Operations, Plans and Training and also the Chief of Staff of the United States Military District of Washington / JTF-National Capital Region at FT McNair, D.C.  Joe also served at the Joint Readiness Training Center twice- the first time as a Platoon and Company Observer Controller when JRTC was initially conducting training at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas and then at Fort Polk, Louisiana  where he served as Brigade Senior Maneuver Observer Controller, Chief- Leaders Training Program, and as the JRTC Operations Group Executive Officer.

Upon departure from the military and prior to coming onboard with Million Air, Joe worked in the Lake Charles area’s maritime and fabrication industries managing and coordinating logistical, regulatory and compliance, production, and corrective actions and process improvement management operations.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.