Joseph Kinzer

Joseph W. Kinzer

Army at General 5th United States Army

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Deputy Director and Director  - Operations , Readiness and Mobilization Department of the Army

Tactical Officer  - U.S. Military Academy

President  - St. James Fire Department Board

Vice President of the Board of Directors  - St. James Fire Department Board

President  - St. James Property Owners' Association Inc

the United States Army


MS  - Public Administration , Shippensburg University

BA  - History , University of Tampa

the United States Army War College

the United States Army Command and Staff College


Board Member  - St. James Fire Department

Charter Member  - St. James Fire Department

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Lieutenant General Joseph W. Kinzer, USA (Ret) selected to head Goldbelt Eagle's Military Advisory
Lieutenant General Kinzer has graciously accepted the position of Senior Military Advisor for the Goldbelt Eagle Military Services Division. Lieutenant General Kinzer will help to direct the focus and improve the quality of Goldbet Eagle's Military Services Division. "I am extremely proud to have Lieutenant General Kinzer joining us at Eagle. Our soldiers deserve the best and the work we do here is key to improving outcomes and keeping the sharp battle ready edge of the US Army" Lieutenant General Joseph W. Kinzer. The Goldbelt Eagle team thanks Lieutenant General Kinzer for the many years of exemplary military service and welcomes him to the team. Lieutenant General Kinzer retired from the United States Army on 31 August 1998 after more than 39 years of service. Commissioned from the Officer Candidate School at the United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia in 1964, he served in numerous command and staff positions in both the 82d and 101st Airborne Divisions. Additionally, he served as a Tactical Officer at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a veteran of Operation Power Pack in the Dominican Republic, 1965, two tours of duty in Vietnam (1967-68, 1971-72), and Operation Just Cause in Panama, 1989-90. His assignments as a General Officer include: Assistant Division Commander, 82d Airborne Division, Deputy Commanding General United States Army South in Panama, Deputy Director and Director for Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization Department of the Army, Washington, DC, Deputy Commanding General and Commanding General 5th United States Army, Fort Sam Houston, TX. From January 1995 until March 1996, he served as Force Commander United Nations Forces and Commander United States Forces in Haiti. He received a BA in History from the University of Tampa, in Florida, and a MS in Public Administration from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and Staff College and the United States Army War College.

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-- Mayor Lesher introduced Joe Kinzer, President of the St. James Fire Department Board.Mr..Kinzer gave a presentation on the proposed addition of ambulance service to the Fire Department.This would allow the certified EMT's to transport patients to the hospital directly.Brunswick County EMS would still provide paramedic level support.The capital expense to buy and equip the new ambulance would be approximately $130,000 to $140,000.It has been estimated that the incremental operating expense would be approximately $8,000/year.Between income from the County and billing for the ambulance service it is estimated that there would be $40,000 to $45,000 in revenue generated each year.Mr. Kinzer said that a business plan with all the operating elements would be presented to the FD Board by the end of January, 2007.He stressed that there would be many other steps needed before the service could be fully operational. -- The Consent Agenda was approved.At the conclusion of Mr. Pierce's presentation, Joe Kinzer, Vice-president of the St. James Fire Department Board of Directors, talked about the expansion of the fire department.

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Knight of the Month - Joe Kinzer On behalf of the Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart of Southport Council, I have the honor to present this month's Knight of the Month Award to JOSEPH KINZER.Joe joined the United States Army as an enlisted man in 1958.He was commissioned as an officer after serving six (6) years.He ascended through the ranks to Lieutenant General and in 1998 retired as Commanding General of the 5th US Army in Fort Sam Houston.During his distinguished military career of 40 years he received numerous military decorations, two of which were the Defense Distinguished Service Award and the Army Distinguished Service Award.As a senior staff officer his work brought him in contact with the highest level of officials of the United States government and the United Nations.He also played a major role in the re-establishing governmental, economic control and infrastructure development in Panama and Haiti.He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tampa in 1971 and a Masters Degree in Public Administration in 1984 from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.Joe's devotion to his faith throughout his career culminated with the most prestigious award that can be bestowed upon a Catholic layman.In 1995 he was summoned to the Pentagon and to his surprise he was named a Knight Commander in the Order of St. Gregory the Great.This award was presented to him by Major General Don Shea, Army Chief of Chaplains on behalf of the Secretary of State of the Vatican.He and his wife Bonnie moved to Southport in 1998.Joe immediately continued his strong work ethic by becoming involved in Sacred Heart Church and the community.He serves as a lector for Sacred Heart Church.He was President of the St. James Property Owners Association from 1999-2001.He became a charter member of the St. James Volunteer Fire Department in 1999 and was recently elected to the Board of Directors.Joe coordinates all the military participation for the annual Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Naturalization ceremonies for the town of Southport.He is a sought after speaker and has addressed many community grops such as the Kiwanis, Rotary and the Lions.He joined the Knights of Columbus in 2001 and served as Recorder and is currently serving the position of Chancellor.He is the Grand Knight of our outstanding First Degree Team and has chaired the Special Olympics competition for the past three years.His distinguished military career in the US Army still continues as a consultant to the Army Reserve and National Guard specializing in war games throughout the United States.Congratulations Joe!

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