Joe Leavy

Memphis, Tenn.


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Sgt. Joe Leavy has served Tennessee for eight years as a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard. Now, he’s attending UT Martin to earn his college degree and hopes to ultimately apply his education and military experience to a career as a Tennessee state trooper.


“I chose UT Martin because it is an excellent college and very veteran friendly,” he said. “UT Martin has a high success rate and teaches students to study hard and accomplish their dreams.”


Leavy, originally from Memphis, currently serves as a motor transport operator for the National Guard in the Shelby County area.


“(Motor transport operators) are primarily responsible for supervising or operating wheel vehicles to transport personnel and cargo. We are the backbone of the Army’s support and sustainment structure, and provide enhanced mobility on and off the battlefield,” he said.


Leavy began classes this fall in UT Martin’s criminal justice program, where he hopes to learn the skills needed to advance to executive leadership roles in both the military and law enforcement arenas. He is also participating in the UT Martin ROTC program to hone his leadership skills through further military training.


“I look forward to the new challenges, as well as the new friendships and relationships (I will create) with both the student body and faculty,” he said. “I am anxious to get started and begin a new chapter in my life with my UT Martin family.


“To my fellow guardsmen and other adults wanting to go back to school, I say that doing so is a big decision. You have to be in the right frame of mind to succeed,” he said. “With the Tennessee STRONG program in place, now would be a good time to make the decision to get back to basics and embark on a journey that has the ability to take you wherever you want to go.”


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