Army National Guard
Public Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer
January 2010 — October 2011
Directly supervised four public affairs specialists in a combat zone, managed mission scheduling to provide optimal coverage of brigade events, and assisted the Public Affairs Officer in developing public affairs products, messaging, and planning.
Direct liaison to eight media organizations, providing direct escort and guidance while mobilizing and deploying to Afghanistan, including independent journalists, Afghan media, and local, national, and international media resulting in nation-wide coverage.
Designed and implemented the brigade’s command information program by developing and maintaining social media presence, establishing a brigade newsletter and blog, and establishing a training program for over 40 unit-level stringers for internal communications to 3,100 soldiers and their families and community members.
In the absence of the Public Affairs Officer, directly provided professional public affairs guidance and executed public affairs planning and operations during a multi-service, multi-national, air-assault operation to establish a new district in Eastern Afghanistan resulting in successful Afghan and international media coverage of progress of government in Afghanistan.
Prepared senior leaders for on-camera interviews as subject-matter experts with assorted media organizations providing local and national coverage of U.S. Army operations in Afghanistan.
Assisted in State Department lead training opportunity instructing Afghan women in public speaking, basic journalism and photography.
Authored and photographed over 45 news stories and press releases over a nine-month period, while editing more than 400 submissions by subordinate journalists, allowing for a well-informed and confident brigade, family members, and community.
Photography published by numerous sources including, Time Magazine online, the Department of Defense online, Army Times print, Des Moines Register print, and other local newspapers and independent blogs.