2012 Distinguished Alumni Honoree

Joe DanielMr. Joe C. Daniel, ‘69

A second-generation Oklahoma Military Academy alumnus, Joe C. Daniel (’69) credits his time on the Hill – three years of high school and two years in junior college – as influential to his successful military career of more than 40 years of active and reserve service.

Daniel followed the footsteps of his father, Major (Ret.) Gilmore C. Daniel, on the path to OMA. While the younger Daniel was a student, he was a member of the Chevron Society and the Saber Society. He also was honored as a member of the Dean’s Honor Roll and received a Merit Ribbon. His prowess with firearms earned him designation as a rifle expert M-1 and captain of the rifle team.

“OMA helped me learn and obtain those qualities that I have needed to achieve my goals in life,” Daniel says. “Honor, courage and loyalty have been key words in my life and have helped guide me during hard times.”

Retired from active duty as a colonel in 2008, Daniel received numerous awards throughout his distinguished career, including the Defense Superior Service Medal upon retirement. During his career, he served in Germany, Panama, Korea, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Bahrain, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Great Britain and Holland. He also served as a Department of Army Civilian, Dual Status Tech with more than 23 years of DOD service. In his final military post, he served as assistant division chief assigned to Joint Staff J-1 Personnel Readiness Division from 2002 to 2008.

Outside of his military career, he served more than 15 years in state and local law enforcement. He also worked as an executive at a savings and loan and operated his own real estate appraisal company in Bartlesville.

Currently, Daniel works for the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the director of operations for civilian expeditionary workforce and recently completed a 10-month detail serving as human resource advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff’s Afghanistan Pakistan Hands Program to prepare officers for working within the culture of that region.

Daniel has been married to his wife Susan for more than 26 years. He has three daughters and three grandchildren. He remains proud of the OMA legacy and is working with the administration to explore reinstating ROTC to the Rogers State University campus.

“The history of this school has been second to none,” Daniel says. “We have had a large core of outstanding OMA alumni over the years to be proud of. I’m proud to have attended a school my father attended.”