MAJ Joseph Parker

MAJ Joseph Parker

Dates of Service: Jun 1971 - Jun 1994
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  • 2LT Jun 75
  • 1LT
  • CPT
  • MAJ Jan 87
Commissioning Source:  USMA, Jun 1975

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Apex industrial leader, manager, and organizer in the international automotive manufacturing industry. First half of military career in LT INF units following classic career assignments. Second half of career as Africa FAO at high profile embassy assignment, then compartmented DIA work. Upon retirement learned the international auto industry from GM, then created my own companies and corporations Currently President and CEO of Zonda USA, LLC. Since 2003 have created automotive companies that have been sold or merged with publicly-held companies. These ventures have created national public transportation systems, automotive manufacturing facilities, and other businesses. Have been married over 35 years to Patricia Parker and have two children, Laura and Patricia (deceased), and one granddaughter, Madelyn.

Military Experiences

Aug 1990 - Jun 1994
Senior Analyst - Africa
Duties, activities, and deployments classified.
Jun 1987 - Aug 1990
Senior Military Assistance Officer
Senior military officer in the embassy responsible for advising the Ambassador on all military matters in country. Member of the Embassy country team. Responsible for all US military matters in country. Responsible for the US military assistance program to the Niger military.
Feb 1984 - Jun 1985
Light Infantry Battalion Operations Officer in 9th High Technology Light Infantry Division.
Feb 1983 - Feb 1984
Assistant G3 Operations Officer in 9th High Technology Light Infantry Division. Also Commander of alternate Division Tactical Operations Command Post during field operations.


(7 years, 2 months)
Jun 1987 - Jul 1994
North Africa
See Military Experiences for details of deployment while assigned as the Senior Defense Officer at the US Embassy in Niamey, Niger 1987-1990. Overseas activities, deployments, dates, and locations from August 1990-June 1994 are classified.

Military Credentials

Professional Development Schools
Individual & Special Skill Schools

Apr 1989

Niger Parachutist Badge

Jun 1982

Expert Infantry Badge

Ended in 1981


Jun 1986

French Language

Foreign Language Skills


French (2+/2+)

Additional Specialization(s)
Security Clearance
Top Secret/SCI or higher

Academic Degrees

Academic Degrees

1971 - 1975

United States Military Academy (USMA, West Point)

Bachelor's Degree, Engineering