Martin Kuz is an independent journalist based in California who has covered the wars in Ukraine and Afghanistan. A former staff reporter for the San Antonio Express-News and Stars and Stripes, he has published articles in The Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Sactown Magazine, and other publications.

Joel Searls resides in Santa Clarita, California, and continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve as a civil affairs officer. He works in entertainment while writing for We Are The Mighty and The Leatherneck. His most recent feature film-producing project is Running with the Devil, which was written/directed by Jason Cabell, a retired Navy SEAL, and which ranked as one of the top 10 films on Netflix. You can check out more of his work on his blog and on The Samurai Pulse.

Ted Engelmann is an Air Force veteran who spent 1968-69 in Vietnam with a forward air control team supporting American and Vietnamese soldiers. For the past 45 years, he has lived part-time in Vietnam, Korea, Australia, and the U.S., photographing parades and listening to stories of veterans who served in Vietnam. In November 2008 he was a freelance photographer in Baghdad, Iraq, and embedded in Regional Command-East out of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in December 2009. He is finishing his photographic memoir, One Soldier’s Heart: The Emotional Wounds of War. He lives in Denver.

Daniel P. Woodward is a retired Air Force brigadier general, a presidentially appointed commissioner with the American Battle Monuments Commission, and the executive director of Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings.

Justin Watson was the last member admitted to West Point’s class of 2005, though, thankfully, he didn’t graduate in the same slot. He spent his Army career with the 1st Armor and 4th Infantry Divisions, deploying twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. After medically retiring in 2015, Justin settled in Houston with his wife, Michele, and their four kids, and doubled down on his lifelong writing aspirations. He writes science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and military thrillers, and is the author of The Romanov Rescue, a novel about an alternate Russian Civil War, with Kacey Ezell and Tom Kratman. He geeks deeply about these topics and more on his YouTube channel and podcast, Lore & Valor.

Rick Kiernan is a retired Army colonel with 26 years of service as a paratrooper, infantryman, and public affairs officer. He served in Vietnam and in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. Other key assignments included the Pentagon, former Soviet Union, Germany, Alaska, and Hawaii. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and the University of South Carolina, where he is a Distinguished Alumnus.

Jennifer Brookland is a journalist covering child welfare in Michigan for The Detroit Free Press. She has written, edited, or produced for college magazines, North Carolina Public Radio, and the United Nations. She began her career as a special agent with the U.S. Air Force, where she led felony-level criminal investigations and deployed to the Horn of Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She vaguely remembers enjoying traveling, reading, and theater but spends most of her time now trying to convince her three kids that she’s in charge.

Edward Meagher is a Vietnam service-disabled veteran who retired after 24 years in government, 26 years in the private sector, and four years in the U.S. Air Force. He served for seven years as the deputy assistant secretary and deputy CIO at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He lives in Great Falls, Virginia.