Joe Midgley served in the U.S. Army from 2000 to 2007, with deployments to South Korea, Kuwait and Iraq. After recovering from injuries sustained in Iraq in 2005, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command and earned the Army Recruiting Ring, the second-highest achievement awarded for recruiting excellence, in less than one year. After his honorable discharge, Midgley enrolled in Kansas State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 2012. After graduation, he worked for the VA Workforce Management HR office in Topeka, Kansas and the University of Kansas ROTC program, then served as assistant director of military and veterans recruitment at California University of Pennsylvania before joining Missouri Western in March 2020.