Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Zumwalt is a native of Delavan, Illinois. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps on 15 December 2002, having completed his undergraduate education in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University.
Upon completion of The Basic School in June 2003 and the Military Police Officer Basic Course in September 2003, Second Lieutenant Zumwalt was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171 in Iwakuni, Japan where he served as a Platoon Commander, and as the Operations Officer and Deputy Provost Marshal of the Provost Marshal's Office under the Fleet Assistance Program. In February 2004, Second Lieutenant Zumwalt was selected as an Individual Augment to Military Police Company, 1st Force Service Support Group where he served as 1st Platoon Commander and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2.1 to Taqaddum, Iraq. Upon completion of his tour in Iraq in October 2004, First Lieutenant Zumwalt returned to MWSS-171 and his duties as the Deputy Provost Marshal.
In May 2005, First Lieutenant Zumwalt was assigned to Military Police Company, First Marine Division where he served as the Executive Officer and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-06.2 to Fallujah, Iraq. Following his deployment, First Lieutenant Zumwalt was assigned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in June 2006 where he served as a Series Commander with Company M, as well as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Special Training Company prior to leaving active duty in July 2009. In November 2009, Captain Zumwalt affiliated to the Marine Corps Reserve and was assigned to Reserve Support Unit, Air Stations West where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer. In August 2012, Major Zumwalt was assigned to the Provost Marshal's Office, Marine Corps Base Camp
Pendleton, CA where he served as the Officer in Charge of the three Military Police IMA Detachments located in Marine Corps Installations West.
In August 2016, Major Zumwalt assumed command of Delta Company, 4th Law Enforcement Battalion. Following his successful completion of command, Major Zumwalt was assigned as Executive Officer, 4th Law Enforcement Battalion in November 2017. In October 2019, Lieutenant Colonel Zumwalt was mobilized in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel with Task Force Southwest 20.1 and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan where he served as the Deputy Officer in Charge of the 505th Zone Police Advisory Team.
Lieutenant Colonel Zumwalt is a graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and holds a Master's Degree from the University of San Diego in Global Leadership.
Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.