Joe Shakeenab


“At this point in life, my beauty is measured by my creativity, constructive energy poured into others, the promotion of scholarship, humbleness, and those I help.”

RESULTS MATTER! Joe is a passionate builder of young leaders, especially in the area of character development, understanding the impact of personal responsibility, and the importance of calculated achievement. Joe uses each opportunity of interaction to foster transformation in others. His passion is to elevate individuals, organizations, and aspects of the community. He accomplishes this by implanting tools that are used to effectively cultivate the required transformation of soft and hard skills.

He is a former Army Ranger and Special Forces Green Beret with a rich understanding of Middle Eastern culture and the Arabic language. As a Green Beret, he was fortunate to spend 20 years of service with the 5th Special Forces Group. During his years of military service, he traveled extensively to the Middle East and the Horn of Africa where he instructed and trained others to influence their conditions in order to facilitate a desired change. Today, he continues to demonstrate growth.   



Master’s in Strategic Leadership (with Honors). APSU. Clarksville, TN. 2014

Bachelor of Science in Public Management. APSU. Clarksville, TN. 2004 

Leadership Clarksville Montgomery County School System, Class of 2018 

Leadership Clarksville, Class of 2017 


Snapshot of Community Engagements:

City Councilman, City of Clarksville, TN. March 2022 – November 2022. 

Works with the city mayor, fellow council members, and service departments to ensure our city has an appropriate operational budget. Always willing to meet with community members to understand their concerns, then work to resolve issues. Serves as an advocate for departments and is a contributing member of the total team.  


President, APSU National Alumni Association, Clarksville, TN. Term: 2019-2022.

Works with Alumni Relations and APSU Advancement to promote efforts in support of APSU, its students, alumni, and the community.  Serves as a mentor for leaders of several chapters.


President, APSU Military Alumni Chapter, Clarksville, TN. Term: 2014-Present.

Concentrates on building a proactive chapter and scholarship endowments. Has successfully led an effort to fully endow four scholarship endowments, at $25,000 each. The Military Alumni Chapter Scholarship, the CSM(R) Sidney Brown Military Scholarship, the CW3(R) Scott Schroeder Military Scholarship for Special Forces, and the Mrs. Joyce Luster Military Scholarship for Special Forces support personnel. Currently fulfilling the CW4(R) Joe Shakeenab Military Scholarship. Tax-deductible donations can be made at:   


Advisory Committee member, APSU African American Culture Center. 2021-2024.

Seeks to facilitate the Scholarship & Achievers Mentoring Program through building scholarships and foster greater collaboration with community members and entities. Established and fully endowed the Joe Shakeenab Achievers & Scholars Scholarship. Feel free to make a tax-deductible donation at:  


Advisory Committee member, Recover Our Sons (ROS), 2021-2024.

Focuses on assisting with the mentoring of young men in the Lincoln Homes Housing Project. Furthermore, I strive to support ROS through the employment of my talents, resources, and community connections.    


Military Officers Association – Ft Campbell Chapter, 2022-2024.

Supports the mission of our Military Officers Association through awareness of legislative and veterans’ updates, addressing members’ needs, and fellowship.  


Vice-President, Montgomery County Veterans Coalition, 2015-2021.

Concentrated on understanding and addressing the need of area military veterans and the family of military veterans. 


Demonstrated Leadership and Recognition:

APSU Govs Who Lead Through Military Service award. Presented by the APSU Board of Trustees, 2021. 

Proclamation for Community Service. Presented by Tennessee House of Representatives, 2019.

Tennessee Volunteer Award, Montgomery County Honoree, Presented by State Governor’s award committee, 2018.

Proclamation for Community Service. Presented by Montgomery County TN Mayor, 2018.

APSU Distinguished Alumni: Outstanding Service Award 2017.

APSU Military Alumni Chapter Excellence Award 2016. 

Rev. Jerry Jerkins Community Service Award 2014. Presented by the Clarksville, TN Branch of the NAACP. 

Governors Extended Community Service Award 2014. 


U.S. Army, Command Language Program of the Year Award 2009. 

U.S. Special Operations Command, Command Language Program of the Year Award, 2007-2009.


U.S. Army Special Forces Staff Officer, 2004-2010.

U.S. Army Special Forces Operational Leader, Trainer, and Advisor. Areas of Focus: The Middle East and the Horn of Africa, 1990-2003.