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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:
Michael Hoffman is the managing editor for Military.com. He manages the reporting team and oversees editorial content across Military.com to include DoDBuzz, Defense Tech and KitUp!. Before joining Military.com, Michael worked as the land warfare reporter for Defense News. He also served as a staff writer for Army Times and Air Force Times as well as the deputy news editor at Marine Corps Times. Michael traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq in 2010 and 2011. He embedded with U.S. Army and Air Force units deployed throughout the two theaters.
Michael graduated from the University of Maryland Philip Merrill School of Journalism where he earned a commission in the U.S. Air Force and served as an intelligence officer. His work has also appeared in the Baltimore Sun, National Geographic Traveler, United Press International and the Annapolis Capital.
Matthew Cox has been a defense reporter since 1998. He covers all the services, but keeps a close eye on Army weapons development and procurement, body armor testing, camouflage, ammunition as well as readiness and training issues.
The bulk of Matthew’s experience comes from working 12 years for Army Times. He traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq numerous times from 2002 to 2008, covering Stryker and light infantry units in combat. Matthew also spent four years in the U.S. Army during the second half of the 1980s, serving as an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division.
Brendan McGarry is a defense reporter and associate editor for Military.com who specializes in computer assisted reporting. Before joining Military.com, Brendan was a defense reporter at Bloomberg News where he covered war-zone contracting, military space launch and other issues. Previously, he worked at Gannett Government Media Corp. As a staff writer and database editor there, he helped produce special projects on such topics as the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the rising use of pain and psychiatric medication in the military, and disparities in the number of top valor medals awarded during the current conflicts.
His work has been cited by The New York Times, Wired.com and other news organizations. He has appeared on FOX News and other television and radio networks. He received a bachelor's degree in English from the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y., and a master's degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.
Kris Osborn joined the Military.com team as a reporter in March of 2013. Before joining Military.com, Osborn worked at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert – Information Liaison for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army – Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. Prior to joining the Army and serving as a civilian, Osborn served as the land warfare reporter at Defense News. While at Defense News, Osborn reported on a range of topics including Future Combat Systems, MRAPs, precision munitions, robots, and more. He has appeared on MSNBC , Fox News and The Military Channel to discuss his stories.
Before joining Defense News, Osborn spent three weeks in 2004 embedded with the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, reporting from Tikrit, Baqubah and Baghdad as a freelance military reporter with the Washington Times. From 2001 to 2004, Osborn was an anchor, reporter, and military specialist with CNN/CNN Headline News, and wrote a weekly news column on CNN.com about the War on Terror called "target terrorism." From 1998 to 2001, Osborn was a correspondent with the Fox News Channel, and from 1994 to 1998, Osborn worked as an anchor and reporter for Channel One News, an educational news program for high school students.
Osborn has done graduate work in international relations at the University of Chicago, received an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and earned a B.A. in Political Science and English from Kenyon College.
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.
Richard Sisk has more than 40 years experience in journalism as a reporter and editor for the wire services and the N.Y. Daily News. He has embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and reported from Beirut, Tel Aviv, Bosnia, Kosovo, Panama, Haiti, Guatemala, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, Eritrea and other conflict zones. He has also covered five presidential campaigns while working from Washington, D.C.
Sisk was born in Brooklyn and is a 1965 graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., with a degree in political science. He served with the 2nd Battalion Fourth Marines in Vietnam in 1967-68.
Stew Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former Navy SEAL Lieutenant, and author of several fitness and self defense books such as The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, Maximum Fitness, The Special Ops Workouts, and SWAT Fitness. He serves as the resident subject matter expert for Special Operations. Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and as military fitness trainer, Stew has trained thousands of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, SWAT, FBI, ERT and many other law enforcement professions. Stew has written more than 400 articles and 40 eBooks sold at both Military.com and StewSmith.com. He has appeared on many television shows such as: The National Geographic Channel's “Fight Science” and in several newspaper and magazine features to include Washington Post, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, and Sports Illustrated.
Benefits Issues and Veterans Employment:
Terry Howell is the Director of Content Operations and Strategic Alliances for Military.com and 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.
Military Spouse/Family Experts:
Amy is the Managing Editor of SpouseBUZZ , an Army wife, mother, and journalist for Military.com. Never afraid to ask the tough questions, Amy writes about what is really important to military families and provides 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 they embrace both the challenges and rewards of military life.
Amy has a degree in Communications from Thomas Edison State College and the school of Military Life. To see her blog on SpouseBuzz go to http://spousebuzz.com/blog/author/amy.
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