Staff Sergeant Joshua Chinn grew up in Dublin, California and joined the Army in 2003 shortly after graduating high school. While working just outside of Baghdad with 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Josh’s vehicle was struck by an IED, disabling the vehicle and ejecting him from the gunner’s turret. Josh suffered numerous broken bones, massive soft tissue injuries to his legs, nerve damage, and a traumatic brain injury. During his recovery at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas he underwent more than fifty surgeries and was bedridden for more than three months. Three years after his injury, Josh retired from the Army.
Today, Josh works as a Human Exploitation Rescue Operative for the Department of Homeland Security’s Child Exploitation team in San Francisco. Trained as a Cyber Forensics Analyst, Josh executes search warrants alongside Special Agents, collects evidence, and forensically reviews digital devices at one of Homeland Security’s forensics laboratories. There he searches each device for evidence of child exploitation and is also responsible for victim identification when necessary.