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News and Military Policy Experts
Brendan McGarry is the managing editor of Military.com, where he oversees a team of reporters and editors. An award-winning reporter who has covered military, defense and national-security issues since 2007, he has worked for Bloomberg News, Military Times, The Center for Public Integrity and daily newspapers in upstate New York. 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.
Hope Hodge Seck
Hope Hodge Seck is an award-winning investigative and enterprise reporter who has been covering military issues since 2009. She covers the Marine Corps and Navy for Military.com. Hope’s previous assignments have included a war zone embed in Afghanistan with Marines and multiple reporting trips aboard amphibious ships and aircraft carriers. A graduate of The King’s College in New York City, Hope’s work has also appeared in Marine Corps Times, Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Sun, and World Magazine.
Richard Sisk has more than 40 years of experience in journalism as a reporter and editor for news wires 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. Born in Brooklyn, he 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.
Oriana Pawlyk is Military.com’s air warfare reporter and covers personnel trends, technology and operations around the globe. Previously as a reporter for Air Force Times, she wrote about air operations in the Middle East and Europe, as well as uniforms, cyber, Guard/Reserve, physical training, technology and crime. Pawlyk has also served as a Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow hosted by the National Press Foundation. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she received a bachelor’s in Journalism and English Literature.
Matthew Cox has been a defense reporter since 1998. He covers all the services, with a close eye on Army weapons development and procurement, body armor testing, camouflage, ammunition as well as readiness and training issues. He previously worked for 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. He 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.
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.
Benefits Issues and Veterans Employment
Terry Howell is the Editorial Director and Director of Strategic Alliances 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, transition assistance, 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 12 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 SpouseBuzz blog, go to www.military.com/spousebuzz.