Joseph Simpson has joined the United States Air Force under the Delayed Entry Program. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to enlist and delay going into basic military training for up to one year while they complete their educations and prepare for military service. Qualified recruits are eligible to receive skills training, experience, and education benefits. After completing basic military training and graduating as new "airmen," they each receive specialized technical instruction in one of more than 140 career fields.

He reported to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, for basic training in February. Simpson is the son of Stephen and Gail Simpson of Stow and a 2011 graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School.