The military beat is challenging. You want to get the story right and we want to help. Our panel of subject matter experts (SMEs), are available for interviews on news and military policy and can also be used as a resource to help you find the information you're looking for.
Whether it's information on the G.I. Bill, questions about military spouses or a need for someone to speak on camera or on air about breaking news on military issues, we have the right person for the job.
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News and Military Policy Experts:
Rear Admiral (Ret.) T McCreary
T. L. McCreary is the President of Military.com (Military Advantage, Inc.) and retired from the U.S. Navy in 2006 as a Rear Admiral. With over 27 years of military service, he is able to provide commentary and information on any major military policy decision or issue. Following his retirement from the Navy, he served as the Communications Director of the U.S. Special Operations Command and the National Counterterrorism Center.
Admiral McCreary served on the battleship U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63) during Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf, was the spokesman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet in the Middle East in the mid 1990s, and the Public Affairs Officer for the United States Pacific Command in the late 1990s. On September 11, 2001 he was serving as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon when it was attacked and he served as a key communicator for the Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs in the aftermath of the attack. He has an MS in Mass Communication and Public Relations from San Diego State University and a BA in History from Northern Kentucky University.
Ward Carroll is the editor of Military.com. During his 20-year Navy career he served in four different F-14 squadrons based at NAS Oceana and was the operations officer for Carrier Air Wing One. He was editor of Approach magazine and a contributing editor for Naval Aviation News. Ward is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and spent his last tour on active duty there as an instructor teaching English, Leadership, and ethics.
His writing has appeared in a wide range of periodicals including Golf World and Hits. His three books about a Tomcat pilot — Punk's War, Punk's Wing, and Punk's Fight — have been widely praised for their realistic portrayals of a Naval Aviator's life. He has two other published works and is (slowly) writing his sixth.
Ward brings his military experience to Military.com on a daily basis. He is a frequently requested commentator on major military policy issues across the media spectrum and a variety of public forums. In May of 2010 he embedded with Army and Marine Corps troops in Afghanistan, reporting on the war through the eyes of those fighting it.
Bryant Jordan is an associate editor and White House correspondent for Military.com. Bryant covers all corners of the military arena, is an expert on "Don't Ask Don't Tell" issues, religious proselytizing and other ongoing military policy issues. He has covered Air Force support missions during the Kosovo War and in 2006 the aero-medical evacuation mission out of Balad Air Base, Iraq. A journalist since 1979, Jordan also covered stories in Lebanon, Gaza and Morocco. During the Vietnam War he was assigned to 15th Admin. Co., 1st Cavalry Division, Bien Hoa Army Base. Before joining Military.com Jordan was a staff writer and deputy news editor for Military Times newspapers in Springfield, Va.
John Reed is the Washington, DC-based editor of Military.com's Defense Tech blog and the associate editor of DoDBuzz. Before joining Military.com John was the air warfare staff writer for Defense News where he covered major trends in military aviation and the defense industry around the world. Prior to that, he covered the U.S. Air Force and Congress for InsideDefense.com and its sister publication Inside the Air Force. Reed comes to Military.com with a plethora of experience and insight into technology, aviation, and war-fighting. He puts it all together to craft one heck of a column read by those in the know. A New England native, Reed graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a dual degree in international affairs and history.
Benefits Issues and Veterans Employment:
Terry Howell is the Managing Editor for Benefits for Military.com and the author of The Military Advantage, an annually updated guide to military and veteran benefits.
Widely regarded as the leading expert on military education and retirement benefits, Terry joined the Military.com team in 2003 after 20 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard. Terry has provided career, finance, education, benefits and transition counseling to service members and their families for more than 10 years. He worked directly with the Department of Defense to create content for their online transition assistance program known as TurboTAP. In 2009 he met with White House staff to provide input on issues surrounding the implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Information on military benefits can be found by clicking here.
Susan Fallon is VP Business Development, Monster Government Solutions/Military.com. Susan is responsible for working with government agencies, industry and non-profit organizations to leverage and expand Military.com's online community, tools and resources to assist the nation's service members, veterans and their families, particularly in the areas of military transition and Veteran and Spouse employment.
Prior to joining Military.com, Susan served as Senior Director of Corporate Development at the Navy League of the United States where she directed industry partnerships, fundraising and military outreach in support of the League's work on behalf of the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. Susan also serves on the National Advisory Board of the University of Southern California's Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, the Board of Directors of the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, as a Trustee of the Wounded Marine Careers Foundation and a Board Member of the Navy League National Capitol Council. She and her pug are also a volunteer Therapy Dog team with Fidos For Freedom©. Susan is a graduate of The University of Virginia.
Military Spouse/Family Experts:
Jacey Eckhart is a nationally syndicated military columnist, author of the book The Homefront Club: The Hardheaded Woman's Guide to Raising a Military Family, and the voice behind the award-winning CD, "These Boots: A Spouse's Guide To Stepping Up and Standing Tall During Deployment." Her column "Mandatory Fun" appears on CinCHouse.com.
Jacey was born in an Air Force hospital and attended six different schools before leaving her military family for college. Since her marriage to a Navy surface warfare officer 23 years ago, Jacey has enjoyed most of the delights of military family life. The family has moved 15 times within the continental United States and once overseas. They managed six deployments, three blizzards, two record breaking droughts, a sniper attack, California wildfires and one wicked Hurricane Katrina as well as negotiated pregnancy and childbirth while their sailor was stationed in the Arabian Sea during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Eckhart's ability to translate thousands of interviews with military families into concrete strategies makes her workshops compelling for active duty members, reservists, National Guardsmen, providers and family members of all ages. Her experience as a journalist, as well as a military brat, military spouse and military mom color her insights into the inner workings of military culture in a way few other professionals can copy. Her current series of Spartan Family workshops has won approval from even the most experienced military members. Best of all, audiences appreciate the way Eckhart's irreverent style leaves participants laughing even while they are learning, networking, and making her training their own.
Jacey is an expert on military family issues and has extensive experience on camera and on the radio. Her latest column can be found at www.cinchouse.com.
Amy is an Army wife, mother, and journalist who is a contributor to our popular SpouseBUZZ blog and a contributing reporter for CinCHouse.com and Military.com. Never afraid to ask the tough questions, Amy writes about what is really important to military families and can provide an insider's look at what spouses think about subjects like deployments, moving, and of course the possibility of losing a loved one. Amy is passionate about the life she and her husband have chosen for their family and is the perfect choice for interviews about military spouses, and the challenges and rewards of military life.
Amy has a degree in Communications from Thomas Edison State College and the school of Military Life. She is a 2010 winner of the Philips Foundation Journalism Fellowship. To see her blog on SpouseBuzz go to http://spousebuzz.com/blog/author/amy.
Sarah is the Editor of CinCHouse.com (Commander-in-Chief of the House), a Military.com site for military spouses and women in the military. Sarah can speak with authority and accuracy on the issues important to military spouses who come to CinCHouse.com to connect with one another. Sarah also has over 10 years experience in the military and can provide expert commentary on issues pertaining to women in the service. or more information go to www.cinchouse.com.
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