Mr. Joseph L. Gano (Contractor)

Mr. Joseph Gano enlisted in the United States Army in 1994 and served as an Armor Crewman in Korea and in Fort Benning, Georgia.  After separation from active duty in 1997, he joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard, where he attained the rank of Sergeant First Class before attending Officer Candidate School and accepting a commission as a Second Lieutenant of Armor in 2012.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Upper Iowa University with a Bachelors of Science in Human Resource Management.  He is a graduate of the Wisconsin Military Academy where he received the Donald P. Whitman award for academic excellence and was selected for the Commandants list while attending Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course.

His additional military education includes: The Army Reconnaissance Course, Army Advanced Situational Awareness Training, Master Resiliency Trainers Course, Rappel Master Course, Air Assault Course, Battalion Career Counselors Course, 79T Advanced Non-commissioned Officer Course, 79T Transition Course, 11B Basic Non-commissioned Officers Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, 11B Infantryman Transition Course and Armor Crewman One Station Unit Training.

As a Second Lieutenant Mr. Gano most recently served as a Platoon Leader for Alpha Troop 1st Squadron 105th Cavalry Regiment where he supervised 23 Soldiers during reconnaissance and surveillance operations in support of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.  Prior to that assignment, he served as the National Guard Liaison and Recruiting Operations NCO for the Department of Military Science at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Other notable assignments include positions as a Senior Recruiting and Retention NCO, Battalion Career Counselor, Assistant Brigade Operations NCO, NBC Smoke and Decon Squad Leader, Tank Commander and Battalion Operations Assistant.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3, the Army Service Ribbon,  the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Hour Glass, the Overseas Service Ribbon, ARNG Senior Recruiting Badge, Career Counselor Badge and Air Assault Badge.

Mr. Gano will be moving to La Crosse soon, but currently resides in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where he is active in the American Legion Post 246.  He is a member of the National Guard Association of the United States, the Wisconsin National Guard Association, and the Light Horse Cavalry Association.