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Ashlee Lolkus

Ashlee Lolkus

Public Affairs Operations Non-Commissioned Officer

Army National Guard

Johnston, IA

Public Affairs Professional





Army National Guard

Public Affairs Operations Non-Commissioned Officer

Established and maintained Microsoft SharePoint page for division level public affairs guidance used by subordinate organizations.

Assisted in the assignment and reorganization of state public affairs personnel to outfit division with public affairs assets.

Provided public affairs professional guidance to individuals within the public affairs community nation-wide.

Maintaining a secret security clearance.

Career medium 04
Career medium 03

Onsite Health

Marketing Communications Specialist

Managed and maintained Onsite Health, Inc. web-presence including updates and messaging on company website. Analyzed web-user data through Google Analytics to improve user experience and conversion rates.

Managed company social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Yelp.

Participated in the development of strategic marketing campaigns.

Designed numerous marketing products for internal and external use and distribution including informational pamphlets, brochures, white-pages, web-content, contract proposals and internal policy documents.

Assisted in the development and execution of online training programs satisfying new and existing training requirements for employees and independent contractors ensuring company compliance to local and federal health regulations.

Designed, produced and presented Onsite Health, Inc. tradeshow booth and supporting marketing materials at numerous conferences including National Guard Association United States, Enlisted Association National Guard United States, International Association of Emergency Managers, and Federal Occupational Health – Human and Health Services.


Army National Guard

Public Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer

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.

Career medium 04
Career medium 04

Student Veterans of America

Public Relations Officer

Public Relations Officer for the Student Veterans of American at Iowa State University, bringing veterans together to work on university projects, as well as to socialize and exchange information.

Increased group membership and participation from a nearly non-existent group to more than 150 members by planning and organizing numerous on-campus events tailored to veterans, educating them on benefits and resources.

Assisted in the set-up of social media and web-building, creating an online presence of the organization resulting in higher club participation and forums for veterans to collaborate.

Assisted the club president and the university in establishing a facility on campus, the Col. Harold Pride Lounge, for veterans to study and find additional information on veteran benefits.


Army National Guard

Automated Logistics Manager

Led and mentored nine subordinates in logistical programming and tracking in the maintenance control office. Provided maintenance tracking and supplies to more than 600 soldiers during a 17 month tour to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom, resulting in fluid and timely maintenance response on all unit equipment.

Managed the highly publicized armor and vehicle upgrade program for over 200 vehicles providing timely upgrades to armor kits on vehicles. The timeliness of these critical upgrades saved lives for those conducting convoy operations throughout Iraq.

Audited and reconciled logistical trading systems to insure accurate statistics were being generated to ultimately provide precise organizational reporting.

Career medium 02
Career medium 02

Army National Guard

Enlisted Aide for Chief of Staff

Managed daily agenda for second-in-command of Multi-National Brigade - East.

Facilitated the planning and execution of multi-national commander’s conference for more than 30 high-level commanders Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo.


Defense Information School

N/A, Photojournalism, Public Affairs

Iowa State University

B.S., Psychology

Murray County Central

High School Graduate