Specialist Joshua Jose graduated from Kingman High School in July of 2007. He gained one year's experience as a maintenance apprentice on small helicopters at the Heli U.S.A. Airways in Las Vegas. Then in May 2008, he joined the U.S. Army, asking for the Helicopter Unit. He received his 9-week basic training with the E Company 2-81 unit Fort Knox, Ky. He graduated from basic on Aug. 15 and was then transferred to Fort Eustis in Virginia with Charlie Company 1-222 for training on Black Hawk helicopters, mainly maintainer of the helicopters, and later for three weeks, training on the latest Black Hawk helicopter. In December 2008, he graduated and received a UH60 Black Hawk Maintenance certificate. From there he went to Fort Rieley, Kan., to Delta Company for maintenance platoon 3-1 Assault Helicopter Battalion, then to Charlie Company, a line company, 3-1 Assault Helicopter Battalion. He progressed to a Black Hawk crew chief qualification and then to a specialist rank for his hard work and dedication. As crew chief his responsibility is the Black Hawk helicopter, to maintain all functions of the helicopter and keep it combat ready at all times. Jose was recently home on leave for two weeks. His parents, Mike and Michelle Jose of Dolan Springs, were able to spend time with him. He since has returned to Fort Rieley before shipping out to Iraq. His name is on the side of the helicopter he maintains, of which he and his family are greatly proud.