Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training..
MacArthur D. "Mackie" Ocampo is an Active Duty First Sergeant and has served in the Army for 15 years to date with 9 years of service as a Human Resources Specialist. Currently, he serves as the First Sergeant for Hammer Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 2d Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Mackie has served in Korea, Ft. Carson, CO, Schofield Barracks, HI, twice in Afghanistan, and twice in Iraq accumulating over 59 months of overseas service. He believes that the "personnel" aspect of a Soldier's career is a big factor in their morale and readiness and is determined to assist Soldiers in their professional development by providing sound advice and clarification of ongoing policies, regulations, and procedures.
Lee Kind is former Army Transportation Officer with 8 years of service spending most of his time in the 82nd Airborne Division. Lee is passionate about sharing wisdom on physical fitness (scoring 370+ on PT tests) and practical leadership to help Soldiers excel in all they do and set the example for others to follow. Lee is the author of "MAX Out the Army, Marine, and Air Force Physical Fitness and Combat Fitness Tests” Volume I and II. www.forallleaders.com
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Staff Sergeant(R) Douglas “Eck” Eckstein is a former Paralegal NCO with over eleven years of service in the Army. He has served overseas tours in Korea and Iraq. Eck served on active duty for seven years working in the personnel administration field then, after a break in service, returned to active duty in 2009 when he earned the Military Occupational Specialty, 27D (paralegal). He has worked in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate from Division level down to unit level. He has expertise in all aspects of military law, with extensive emphasis in Administrative Law and Soldiers Rights.“I am not an attorney and any views presented are my own and are not to be interpreted as legal advice. Furthermore, my views do not necessarily represent the views of DoD or its Components.”
Jo B. Rusin is a retired soldier, who spent the majority of her career in Regular Army troop units from platoon leader to commander of a support brigade in the Gulf War. As a combat service support soldier, Jo B. served in units composed of both men and women from all racial and ethnic groups. She is a strong believer in the ability of soldiers to succeed, regardless of whether they are men or women or where they came from. Jo B. is the author of a number of military leadership books, including Move Out: The Insider's Guide for Military Leaders; Move to the Front: The Classic Guide for Military Women; and Women on Your Team: A Man's Guide to Leading Women. JoRusin.com
Becky Pillsbury has 37 years of experience as a military spouse. She has served in several key positions influencing spouse and service member issues. She has 26 years as a teacher with specific experience in preschool, elementary education, middle school, hearing impaired, learning disabled in 3 countries and 11 different school systems. She is active in community organizations that include: Vice President – Still Serving Veterans, Board member– Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) of Madison County, and numerous other committees.
Jeffrey W. Bennett, ISP has served 22 years in Army Intelligence and Transportation and now advises on national security. A teacher at heart, he is board certified to protect classified information and has a master’s in business administration. He speaks, writes and provides products to help professionals better protect sensitive and classified information. His books include, “ISP Certification-The Industrial Security Professional Exam Manual”, “Managing the Security of Classified Information and Contracts” and “Get Riche in a Niche; Writing, Self-Publishing and Marketing in a Specialized Market”. Red Bike Publishing
CDR Philip D. Cave, JAGC, USN (Ret.) has 32 years of military and security clearance law experience. Having handled cases from all branches of service, Philip is the resident legal guru on the AskTOP SME Panel. If you are facing adverse action, losing your security clearance, being labeled with an AWOL status, or otherwise seeking a professional Case Evaluation, visit Philip’s website to learn how he can help you. court-martial.com
John is a retired Command Sergeant Major with 7 years of experience on Active Duty and 30 years experience in the Army Reserve. John’s military areas of expertise include Missiles, Ordnance, Chemical, and Food Service. John has a degree in Electrical Engineering and is retired from Chrysler Corporation. He is currently employed by a defense contractor as a Senior Production Engineer. John is the Vice President of Army Reserve Affairs for the Redstone/Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the United States Army and former president of North Alabama Veterans Coalition. John and his wife received the Military Family of the Year award in 2008 and will be receiving the 2011 Spirit of America, Support of Military Family award in July for their long history of volunteer work in support of soldiers and their families.
Tom is a Retired Sergeant First Class with 20 years of military leadership experience. He served as a Combat Medic (91B) and LPN (68WM6) in the Army Medical Corp. He has held positions ranging from Squad Leader to Senior Medical NCO. Tom has served in German, Hawaii, Iraq and Kuwait accumulating over 91 months of overseas service. He has been assigned as a PLDC instructor, Retention NCO, Orderly Room NCO, and Deployment Readiness NCO. He served ten years with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) beginning with Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Wardmaster. Tom’s areas of expertise include Army medical policy and procedure, military leadership and counseling. He firmly believes that in order to accomplish the mission you must first take care of your Soldiers. He is also an inductee of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) and Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3).
Linda is a retired SGM with 32 years of military/Human Resources (42A) experience. Linda has held a variety of leadership positions including Personnel NCO, Drill Sergeant, Adjutant General NCOIC, Equal Opportunity Advisor, Postal Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations NCOIC, Secretary of General Staff NCOIC, G1 Sergeant Major, and Human Resources Command (HRC) Enlisted Personnel Management Directorate (EPMD) Sergeant Major.
Bennett Tanton served as a Recon Marine and Army Infantryman. He currently works as a Certified Peer Support Specialist with Warrior Hall and the Veterans Administration, as well as a Peer Mentor with the Wounded Warrior Project. Helping fellow veterans navigate the system.
SFC Matthew O'Keefe is an active duty Career Counselor with over 12 years of experience in Retention and Recruiting. He currently serves in 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. He is experienced in Retention Policy, Reclassification, Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB), Bars to Reenlistment, Selective Reenlistment Bonuses, Career Status Bonus (CSB)/REDUX, Reenlistment Contract Validation/Renegotiation, and OCONUS PCS policy.
COL(R) Don Gentry served for 30 years as a Field Artillery officer. He served in positions from Battery to Division in various Field Artillery and Fire Support positions. Don commanded 5 different organizations during his career. (2 Artillery Batteries, Field Artillery Battalion, Garrison, and the Sergeants Major Academy) Don served in Iraqi Freedom as the Chief of Operations for Multi-National Force, Iraq. After retiring in June 2011, Don has worked in the Emergency Management field and as a consultant supporting Army training exercises around the world. Don and his wife, Patti, now reside in Cedar Park, Texas.
Dr. Hobbs retired from the U.S. Army in 2007 with over 29 years of military service. He then became the Professor of Military Science of the (JROTC) program at Columbia High School in Huntsville, Alabama from 2007-2010. In 2010 Dr. Hobbs was selected to be the Communications Relations Officer for the Huntsville, Alabama Police Department until 2014. He was selected as the city of Madison Veteran of the year 2012. In 2013 he was inducted into the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame, the first Missile Systems Warrant Officer in the history of the Army. In January 2104 he was presented the 2014 Martin Luther King Unity Award and in February 2014 he was presented the Whitney M. Young Community Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America.