Jose was born in Torreon, Coahuila Mexico and was raised in Orange California where he eventually joined the United States Army in early 2008. Jose went to basic training in Fort Jackson South Carolina. Upon completion of basic training he went to aviation advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. After graduation Jose was a AH-64 Apache Longbow Crew Chief and went on the the Alpha Company Killer Spades 3rd Battalion 101st Airborne Division. Sgt. Cruz served with the 101st from 2008-2013 with two deployments to Afghanistan as a Screaming Eagle. Sgt Crews was medically retired from the Army in 2013 due to injuries sustained in combat.
He currently resides in Southern California with his wife Cynthia, and daughter Naomi. Jose and Cynthia are currently expect ion their second child. Jose is now chasing his dream of becoming a helicopter pilot. He plans to one day be a chase helicopter for a Trophy Truck team in Baja.