by Joe Bateman

I grew-up in central Illinois, and after high school I left home to join the U.S. Air Force. While serving on active duty for six years, I had the opportunity to work as a dental assistant, dental hygienist and an oral and maxillofacial surgical technician. My assignments included the Pentagon, the United Kingdom and San Antonio. A few highlights of my career were: volunteering as security at the London Summer Olympics, exploring castles with an IDF friend of mine, treating our nation’s wounded warriors at a level 1 trauma center, and caring for our allied forces from across the world.

I now serve as an Air Force Reservist as well as being a student at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. I am a junior studying political science.

For me, supporting Israel is who I am. My faith plays an important part in my support for Israel, as well as the great relationship the United States has with Israel. I consider Israel one of our greatest allies and I look forward to continued friendship through the ages.

I am excited and proud to be a part of IlliniPAC. The organization is full of bright, welcoming and wonderful students eager to educate the student population on our nation’s partnership, the wonderful contributions Israel has made to the world, and the continued mission of seeking peace on campus, in the Middle East and beyond.