Joseph joined the Illinois Air National Guard in 1984 at the age of 17. After graduating in 1985, he left for Lakeland Air Force Base (AFB) in San Antonio. While attending technical school training at Lowry AFB in Denver, he studied Air Force food service. During his first assignment with the 126th Air Refueling Wing Services Flight, he began his career as an apprentice Cook, advancing quickly through the ranks to hold positions such as Senior Cook, Supervisor, and Food Production Manager.
In 1991, during Operation Desert Storm, Bluver was put on active duty, and stationed at Grissom Air Force Base in Indiana. He left the Illinois National Guard after 16 years and joined the Air Force Reserves. In 2000, he transferred to the Air Force Reserves 440th Services Flight in Milwaukee. In 2003, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Bluver was once again placed on active duty. He was stationed in North Dakota at Grand Forks Air Force Base attached to the 319th Services Squadron, where he was the assigned Safety and Training Manager in areas such as lodging, base gym, and the dining hall. Bluver retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2004 after more than 20 years of service. Bluver was nominated by his wife, Terri Landey-Bluver whom he married in 1999. They live with their two sons in Lake in the Hills, Illinois.
“There isn’t anything Joe wouldn’t do for you,” said Landey-Bluver. “He would give you the shirt off his back if you asked him for it. He was always there for his servicemen. He would always go beyond on his duties. He was always the first to volunteer to go on a deployment, whether it was stateside or overseas. It was hard once we had children, but he was up for the challenge and continued his service for several years once we had kids. Joe is very committed to everything he does, and does it very well.”
NFM Salutes is an initiative in which one military member or Veteran is chosen each month to be honored as the “Salute of the Month.” Salutes are chosen from nominations on the NFM Salute website, www.nfmsalute.com. The “Salute of the Month” will be featured on the website with a brief biography and information about his or her service, and NFM Lending will make a $2,500 donation to a military or Veteran non-profit in the Salute’s name. Bluver chose Platoon 22 to receive this month’s donation.
Selected NFM Salutes may choose from one of the following four non-profits: Platoon 22, AnySoldier, Soldier’s Wish, and the Gary Sinise Foundation. NFM looks forward to the opportunity to continue to honor military and Veterans through the NFM Salute initiative.
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