About Joshua S. Chase
I am a husband, father, fireman, author, writer, public speaker, and combat military veteran from Virginia Beach, Virginia. I have a passion for leadership, and to help people own their life regardless of circumstance. A life where you are in control of your circumstances and understand that you are called to a life of purpose. I created The Chase Collective as place to gather ideas, thoughts, and vision that will help other people own their current circumstances and discover their purpose.
Author | Writer | Speaker
I am an author, writer, and speaker from Virginia Beach. I write and speak about real life experiences as they pertain to faith, family, the fire service, the military, and leadership. I’ve written a few books and maintain a website to help others understand that they can live a life of purpose. I enjoy coaching and mentoring others. I have a passion for helping people gain traction as they move through challenging situations. I believe in motivation, but that alone won’t stop you from quitting. We have to discover what drives you as an individual.
I am combat veteran of the United States Army. I was enlisted from 2003-2009. I served as a UH-60 Black Hawk Crew Chief in the US Army for six years. As a UH-60 helicopter repairer, I was primarily responsible for the maintenance of the UH-60 Helicopters.
I started in the maintenance company, but transitioned to a flight company where i served as a door gunner during critical aerial missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
At my end time of service I was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. I go to do some pretty cool stuff while I was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. I learned a lot about leadership in the Army. I learned how to be disciplined and lead myself before I could effectively lead others around me.
The Fire Service
I’ve been in the fire service and have served as a firefighter for 15 years now and enjoy what I do. I’ve spent most of my career at the informal level of leadership, but was promoted to Fire Lieutenant last year. I enjoy anything that pertains to fire service leadership. My mantra at work is pretty simple, “Do your job.” Do the job you took an oath to do, and its all good. I also write fire service books, and speak on fire service leadership.
In 2019 I received the Fire Service Medal of Honor for making a grab during a two alarm apartment fire. I never joined the fire service to get medals, but that was a great moment in my career and something cool for my wife and kids to be apart of. The kid visited the station later that year and made a full recovery. That was better than any medal they could have given me.
All in All
I’ve done a lot and still do a lot. I’ve lived a little, loved a little, lost a lot, been married, had children, been widowed, been remarried, been to war, run into burning buildings, saved some lives on an ambulance, got some medals, and a whole lot of other stuff. Through my military service, the fire service, and and my life experiences, I aim to strengthen, encourage and empower others to live a life of purpose.