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Joshua Coburn, 34
Army Corps of Engineers Real Estate Division

Hometown: Watertown
Professional position: Realty Specialist
Family: Wife, Amy; parents, Suzanne and Frank Coburn; younger brother, Jonah
Education: Immaculate Heart Central High School; Jefferson Community College; Cazenovia College
Community involvement: Parishioner, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Watertown; member, Knights of Columbus Watertown Council 259, Italian American Civic Association; volunteer, Bravo-Italiano Festival
Last book read: “Killing Lincoln” by Bill O’Reilly

As a realty specialist for the Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Drum, Joshua Coburn said his experience working with soldiers and learning their stories has increased his pride in the military and the work they do.

“Seeing the full gamut of these young guys coming in, and their mind-set and the pride that they have in what they do … a lot of that does change you,” he said. “Now when I stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, I stand a little straighter.”

Mr. Coburn is responsible for handling commercial real estate used for recruiting stations, in an area essentially north of Manhattan. He also aids with properties that are used in housing development on post and in transactions between the military and various private, public and government entities.

Prior to coming to post, he worked in real estate for five years at Coldwell Banker and was a licensed sales agent and appraisal trainee. The 34-year-old Watertown native has spent most of his life in the north country, with much of his family and in-laws living in the area.

“I love it here,” Mr. Coburn said. He also enjoys the area’s location, being able to conveniently travel to the Adirondacks and New York City, where he can catch Yankees games.

-Gordon Block
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