They were married on April 12, 2005, after they returned from deployment.
"I don't know how I'd survive over here without him," she added.
Joe, a native of Texarkana, Texas, said he decided to join the Army after school. His father served in the Navy and his grandfather served in the Army.
"Joining the Army after school sounded like a good idea." said the specialist.
Joe said he wanted a better job and to get out of the town that he grew up in. In July 2000, he left for basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C. His first duty station was Fort Hood, Texas. By 2004 he was headed to Taji, Iraq.
"My first deployment was exciting, there was so much going on and it was all new," said Joe.
He went out on convoy missions. He got to know his future wife and serve in that first deployment with her.
"It's fun having Julie here with me and it definitely makes it more enjoyable," he added.
Currently he is a driver for the brigade.
The couples' families support their careers and are proud that they are serving over here together.
"I am most definitely making a career out of being in the Army." said Joe.
The couple plans on starting a family once they settle back into Army life at Fort Hood, Texas.