September 2018 Luncheon Speaker
Joe Machado is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with 24 years of active duty military service as a communication and intelligence officer. Assignments included: Vietnam (1966-67); Korea (1971-72); Germany (1974-77); Staff and Faculty at Army Command and General Staff College (1977-80); White House Communications Agency (1980-85); Defense Intelligence Agency (1985-88). Joe is a veteran evangelical and believes in the MOAA motto of “Never stop serving”. Since moving to Ohio in 2007, he continues in retirement to volunteer and serve on the boards of several veteran’s organizations in Fairfield County and in the greater Columbus area.
For the past ten years, Joe has been a volunteer with Honor Flight Columbus. He has been a Guardian escorting veterans on 35 flights and has escorted more than 70 veterans. He is currently a board member and manages Honor Flight speakers and community outreach events, to include information tables and displays and participation in community events. Joe is developing a program for Honor Flight Columbus to recognize senior veterans unable to travel on a traditional honor flight.
Joe is a Life member of MOAA and is a board member and Past President of MOAA Central Ohio Chapter. He is the Chapter liaison with Honor Flight Columbus and the Fairfield County Stand Down.
Joe is the founder of Veteran Interfaith Bridge whose mission is to build and expand support for Ohio’s active and reserve military, veterans and their families through faith-based communities by equipping and empowering clergy and volunteers to establish military ministries within their organizations. He is currently a board member and the treasurer.
Joe is a member of several national and local veteran organizations:
- American Legion and Post 2557, Millersport, OH.
- Life member of theVeterans of Foreign Wars and a member of Post 3761, Baltimore, OH.
- Life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and a member of Chapter 1045, Lancaster, OH.
- Life member of the Korean War Veterans Association and a member of the Central Ohio Chapter, Columbus, OH.
Joe is a board member of the Baltimore Downtown Restoration Committee a local nonprofit whose mission is to restore the vitality of the Village of Baltimore, to include the Victoria Opera House, the last working opera house in Fairfield County, which is now actively hosting community events from all over Fairfield County.
Joe is a mentor with the Franklin county Military and Veterans Service Court.