Josh Penner


Joshua Penner is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the Iraq War, having served from 2004-2011. While still serving as a reservist in the Marines, Josh completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA. During this time Josh began working intensely with Veterans throughout Washington State, helping them to navigate and advocating for them within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), and any other system that Veterans came in contact with.

Josh has developed Veterans resources and programs in Mental Health, Legal Services, Higher Education, and Disability Advocacy. He has developed and partnered with other providers on curricula for Veterans program providers including, Veterans benefits, Military Sexual Trauma, and Crisis Intervention. Josh provides professional training to a number of organizations on topics including: Veterans Resources, Case Management, Building Relationships with Veterans, and Trauma Informed Care/Crisis Intervention Training.

Josh currently serves as a City Councilmember for the City of Orting and a Pierce County Charter Review Commissioner representing Pierce County’s 1st County Council District.

 Josh resides in the City of Orting with his wife, Tricia, and two young boys, Matthew & Luke.

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Professional Background 

February 2004, Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps through the delayed entry program (DEP). April 2004, began Boot Camp at MCRD San Diego. July 2004, Graduated Boot Camp at MCRD San Diego and attended MCT at the School of Infantry in San Onefre (Camp Pendleton). MCT is conducted at the SOI but is distinctly different and abbreviated from the ITB which trains grunts. August 2004, Graduated MCT and shipped to Marine Corps Communications and Electronics School (MCCES) for Field Radio Operators Course (FROC). October 2004, Graduated FROC 36-04 and checked in to 4th Landing Support Battalion, my reserve unit in Ft. Lewis, WA. May 2006, Activated to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom June 2006, Checked into 1st Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB-1) in Camp Pendleton, CA for deployment workup. August 2006, Deployed to Iraq. Spent a couple days in Kuwait on the way to Iraq. August 2006-March 2007, Iraq deployment, my role was Combat Logistics Operations Center (CLOC) radio operator, where I was responsible for maintaining communications with the command for the entire battalions convoy operations. My post was within the CLOC and I worked 12 hour days every day, except for the first month or so where I worked 8 hour shifts. My job was very high stress (for me) but low risk. March 2007, I checked back into 4th Landing Support Battalion at Ft Lewis after having an Honorable Discharge to my Title 10 activation. June 2007, I returned to drilling at Ft Lewis/Joint Base Lewis McChord. Early 2011, I discharged into the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) for the remainder of my eight year contracted enlistment. February 2012, My contracted enlistment ended, I received my DD256 Honorable Discharge Certificate.