Colonel Joseph Heck was born in Jamaica, New York and grew up in Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from the Pennsylvania State University and a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
COL Heck completed a general internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital and a residency in Emergency Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center, both in Philadelphia. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Emergency Medical Services. COL Heck received his direct commission into the United States Army Reserve, Medical Corps in 1991. He holds a secondary AOC as a Flight Surgeon and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College with a Masters of Strategic Studies. Colonel Heck’s military positions included: Chief of Emergency Services, 2290th USAH, Washington, D.C.; Operational Medicine Officer/J3-J5, U.S. Northern Command, Colorado Springs, CO; Chief of Emergency Services / Aero Medical Evacuation, 325th CSH, Al Asad, Iraq; Commander, 6252D USAH, San Diego, CA; Commander, Western Medical Area Readiness Support Group, San Pablo, CA; and Medical Advisor, Office of the Chief Army Reserve. He currently serves as Deputy Commanding General, 3rd Medical Command, Atlanta, GA.
Colonel Heck was elected in 2010 to the US House of Representatives representing the third congressional district for the State of Nevada. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the Education & Workforce Committee, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence where he chairs the subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence.
Colonel Heck’s military awards include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (5 Oak Leaf Clusters), Armed Forces Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (1 Service Star), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (20-yr Award and M Device), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon. Colonel Heck is also admitted to the Military Order of Medical Merit.
COL Heck is married to Lisa (Mattiello) Heck and they have three children, Monica, Chelsea, and Joseph III. They reside in Henderson, NV.