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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:
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 and the Navy's top spokesperson in his role as Chief of Information. 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.
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 and is a regular contributor to Military.com’s Kit Up! Blog offering information on tactical gear. 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 is a consultant and presenter with the government in the area of troop physical development through his non-profit Heroes of Tomorrow. See www.heroesoftomorrow.org for more information. 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.
Sarah is the Editor of CaptainMolly.com, a Military.com blog for female servicemembers. The blog is written by military women, for military women and is an online extension of the unbreakable bond they share. The blogs examine the opportunities, the challenges, the unbelievable, the absurd, the insane and the hysterically funny aspects of being a female in the military. Sarah has over 10 years of experience in the military and can provide expert commentary on issues pertaining to women in the service. For more information go to www.CaptainMolly.com.
Benefits Issues and Veterans Employment:
Terry Howell is the Director of Strategic Alliances and Outreach 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.
Susan Fallon is Senior Director of Business Development for Military.com and Monster Government Solutions. 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 the Editor of SpouseBUZZ, and a nationally syndicated military columnist. Her critically acclaimed book, "The Homefront Club: The Hardheaded Woman's Guide to Raising a Military Family," has made her a sought after speaker at military installations around the world. She is also the voice behind the award winning CD, "These Boots: A Spouse's Guide To Stepping Up and Standing Tall During Deployment." Her newest CD "I Married a SPARTAN??" debuts February 1 2011. Facebook Jacey, or read her column at www.military.com.
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 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.
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