Joseph Santiago, United States Army

National Compliance Director, Global Medical Response

Joseph Santiago’s grandfather had served valiantly in the U.S. Army during World War II. Lovingly describing his parents as 60’s hippies, Santiago chose to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and enlisted in the Army. He served as a medic and registered nurse assigned to combat surgical hospitals and forward surgical teams.

Santiago left active duty due to family commitments. He currently serves as a National Compliance Director for GMR where he works to protect the organization and its interests as they relate to matters of compliance and ethics. In this role, he draws from his military experience.

“My military training prepared me to be an ethical leader and expert clinician who is used to working in austere and complex environments, supporting my Soldiers, and winning the fight,” said Santiago. “I’ve spent more than 25 years in the EMS and medical transport space. GMR was an opportunity to contribute to EMS at the national level and continue to serve.”

Years of Service
Including his continuing role in the inactive U.S. Army Reserves, Santiago has spent 19 years in the military.

Rank Achieved
Santiago attained the rank of Major in the U.S. Army, serving in combat surgical hospitals and forward surgical teams.

Countries Visited
Santiago served all over Europe: the former Yugoslavia, Kosovo and Greece to name a few of those European countries. He also served in Uzbekistan and Afganistan among other countries.

Favorite Military Memories
Santiago enjoyed the camaraderie of the U.S. Army and the dedication to a shared mission. He also enjoyed visiting parts of the world that he, otherwise, never would have had the opportunity to see.