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Amy Bushatz is the Executive Editor of Military.com. A longtime journalist, Amy is a subject matter expert in military, veteran and military dependent personnel issues and policies. Amy and her husband Luke, a current member of the Alaska Army National Guard who left active duty in 2016, live near Anchorage, Alaska with their two children. They spend their free time outdoors as a family, volunteering in their veteran community through a variety of national and local non-profits.
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Hope Hodge Seck is the Managing Editor of Military.com. She 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.
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.
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.
Gina Harkins reports on the Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard for Military.com. She has covered troops and their families for nearly a decade, reporting from the U.S., Central and South America, and at sea. Before joining Military.com, Gina was a longtime reporter and managing editor for the independent Marine Corps Times. Her story on two recruits trapped at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina was runner up for the 2013 Military Reporters and Editors award for domestic military coverage.
She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and studied political science and international relations in her undergrad at Northeastern Illinois University.
Patricia Nevins Kime has covered military personnel and veterans issues for nearly three decades. As a freelance editor and writer, she serves as associate editor at Military.com and previously spent five years as a senior writer at Military Times, covering military health care and medicine. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Kaiser Health News and other publications. An award-winning journalist, she was named among the 100 most influential veterans media members by HillVets in 2015 and honored in 2019 by the Association of Health Care Journalists, winning first place for beat reporting. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Virginia.
Blake Stilwell writes about military culture and veteran employment for Military.com. He is a former Air Force combat photographer whose work has appeared on Business Insider, Fox News, ABC News, NBC, HBO, and the White House. He is writer and editor with degrees and expertise in Graphic Design, Television & Film, Public Relations, International Relations, the Middle East and more. He is based in Los Angeles but often found elsewhere.