Collierville native Major Trevor Joseph has been posthumously awarded the Army Medical Department’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Joseph was killed in a UH-60 Black Hawk crash in September 2019 at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.
He was killed during an aviation mishap that occurred while his crew was flying out to recover a soldier with a heat-related injury.
The award was presented last week on the town’s Historic Town Square by representatives from the 1st Battalion, 5th Aviation Regiment medical evacuation unit known across the Army as “Cajun Dustoff,” out of Fort Polk.
His family members accepted the award in front of the dozens in attendance who came to show their respect.
Joseph comes from a family with a tradition of proud military service, Fort Polk officials said.
He is survived by his wife, Erin Joseph; parents, Peter and Nancy Joseph; a brother and nieces, nephews and family members.
“Major Trevor Joseph led the most active MEDEVAC Company in our Army,” said Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, commander of the Joint Readiness Training Center. “He excelled leading Cajun Dustoff and ensuring soldiers in rotation at JRTC had rapid access to medical coverage – his team built readiness for the U.S. Army.”
The 33-year-old was a 2004 graduate of Houston High School and excelled in both his academics, as well as on the soccer field.
Over his 11-year career, Joseph deployed twice to Afghanistan (2010 and 2017) and was awarded multiple honors including: the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Valor and Combat, two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge and the Senior Aviator Badge.
He was also one of four soldiers who were awarded “Rescue Of the Year” for their bravery and courage shown during a difficult MEDEVAC mission while in Afghanistan in 2016.