During my military service I was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the NATO Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
I served in captain Varnado's unit as a journalist from December 2009 to the present.Christopher Fletcher (Superior) Public Affairs senior enlisted advisor Third Army (U.S. Army) 404-464-4691
I served with sergeant major Fletcher in Afghanistan while attached to the 82nd Airborne Division in 2007 and 2008. I also serve in his Public Affairs section at Third Army from June 2010 to the present.Jon Wiley (Superior) Public Affairs noncommissioned officer in charge Third Army (U.S. Army) DSN 430-7016
I served under sergeant first class Wiley while working as a journalist in Kuwait from June 2010 to the present.
I am seeking full-time employment as a journalist or Public Affairs professional. After five years of military journalism, I'm well prepared to write for or communicate with media outlets covering current events in American communities.
I enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve as a combat journalist during April 2006. In that capacity I have written hundreds of news and feature stories, produced and captioned thousands of photos, contributed to the layout and design of several military publications and served as military escort to major international news outlets such as NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera, Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal.
During my first deployment to Afghanistan from February 2007 to April 2008, I served primarily as a combat journalist. I completed missions based out of 31 different Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) with the 82nd Airborne Division, 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), the 10th Mountain Division and several of their supporting units.
Upon my return to Fort Bragg, N.C., I assisted with layout and design, developed local stylebooks and covered stories within the community for military and civilian publications such as the Paraglide and Up & Coming Weekly. While living on Fort Bragg, I was able to cover a broader range of subjects such as sports, entertainment and lifestyle stories.
I have returned to the Middle East for a second deployment to cover the drawdown of Iraq and buildup of Afghanistan. I work as a staff writer in Kuwait for Third Army’s The Desert Voice, a bi-weekly magazine, while also freelancing for national trade magazines. I will be available for employment April 2011.
Jul 2006 - Oct 2006
Defense Information School
I graduated from the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Md. with the highest grade point average of any Soldier in my graduating class.
Aug 2002 - Dec 2004
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
I studied journalism while attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where I wrote for the Rebel Yell and served in student government as the director of Rebel Radio.
Apr 2006 - Present
Public Affairs specialist
My primary responsibilities as a Public Affairs specialist included writing news and feature stories, taking and captioning feature and supporting photos, escorting media professionals and communicating with the American public through media outlets.
Aug 2000 - Mar 2006
My primary responsibilities as a delivery driver and shift manager were to prepare food, take orders, handle money, manage employees, reconcile accounts and make deliveries.
Jan 1996 - Oct 1998
My primary responsibilities as an assistant manager were film marketing, running day-to-day operations and money handling.