Colonel Joy L. Curriera graduated from the United States Military Academy and received her commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps in 1990.
She began her career as a platoon leader in the 1st Signal Battalion, 5th Signal Command, Kleber Kaserne, Germany. Upon her unit’s inactivation in early 1993, she was reassigned to the 141st Signal Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Bad Kreuznach, Germany, as the Executive Officer for A Company and later as the battalion S-1. Upon completion of the Signal Officer Advanced Course in 1995, she was assigned to the 501st Signal Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as the Division’s Telecommunications Officer and later as the battalion S-1. She then commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Personnel Services Battalion. While in command, she branch transferred to the Adjutant Generals Corps. She was then assigned to Fort Polk, Louisiana where she served as Executive Officer for the 5th Personnel Services Battalion; and then as the G1/AG Personnel Strength Management Chief for the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. From 2000 through 2002, she served on the Department of the Army Staff, as the Operations and Information Management Officer for the General Officer Management Office (GOMO), Pentagon. Following graduation from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 2003, she served 24 months as the Brigade S-1 for the First Signal Brigade, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, Yongsan, South Korea. She then returned to the National Capital Region, serving as the AG Branch and Functional Area 43 Majors Assignment Officer for the Army Human Resources Command, Alexandria, Virginia, from 2005 through 2008. In May 2008, she deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she served as the CJ1 Personnel Strength Management Division Chief for the Headquarters, Multi-National Corps – Iraq. Upon redeployment, in June 2009, she assumed command of the 46th Adjutant General (Reception) Battalion, 194th Armored Brigade, Fort Knox, Kentucky. She was then reassigned to the Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, where she served under The Adjutant General (TAG) Directorate as the Integration Branch Chief, Field Services Division; and then as Chief of the Army’s Records Management Division. She spent this past year as a student at the National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, DC.
Colonel Curriera’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with silver oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, the Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Badge. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.