LTC Jose A. Ramirez graduated with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1994. Upon graduation, he worked for 18 months as an Assistant Structural Engineering in Burbank, CA. In 1995, Jose enlisted as an Integrated Family of Test Equipment Operator/Maintainer (Ordnance Branch) under the Army’s student loan repayment program. In 1998, he graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Defense branch. Upon completion of the Air Defense Officer Basic Course at Fort Bliss, Texas, he was assigned as a PATRIOT Launching Station and Fire Control platoon leader in the 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Regiment (5-52 ADA), 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade in Fort Bliss, Texas. In May 2000, he deployed his fire control platoon to Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait in support of Operation Southern Watch. Upon returning to Fort Bliss, he was reassigned as the Battalion Direction Center tactical director (TD) for the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Regiment (PATRIOT).
Upon serving as a TD, LTC Ramirez completed the Air Defense Officer Advanced Course in 2002 and was reassigned to the 7th Army Training Command at Grafenwoehr, Germany serving as an Operations Officer in the Directorate of Training. In 2003, LTC Ramirez was reassigned to the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery (5-7 ADA), 69th Air Defense Brigade (Hanau, Germany) and assumed command of Delta Battery in 2005. Following command, he served as an assistant training officer (Assistant S3) for 5-7 ADA.
Following graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a M.S. degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering, LTC Ramirez was assigned as an enlisted personnel program analyst in the Plans and Resources Directorate (PR), Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA), G1 at the Pentagon where he served from 2008-2011. While assigned to the G1, LTC Ramirez deployed to the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan (NTM-A), Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). While assigned to NTM-A, LTC Ramirez was the organization’s primary Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army personnel strength forecaster.
Finally, following his assignment at HQDA G1, LTC Ramirez attended the Leeds School of Business Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 2011 until 2014. Following his resident Ph.D. studies, in 2014 he was reassigned to the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York and joined the Department of Systems Engineering as an Instructor/Analyst. In May 2015, LTC Ramirez completed his Ph.D. studies in Operations Management.
LTC Ramirez and his wife Maria Esther are the proud parents of Katia (13) and Isaiah (12).