Jeffrey G. Barlow is a historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command. He has written more than a dozen chapters for books on the U.S. Navy in World War II and the Cold War and is the author of two award-winning histories—Revolt of the Admirals: The Fight for Naval Aviation, 1945–1950 (Naval Historical Center, 1994) and From Hot War to Cold: The U.S. Navy and National Security Affairs, 1945–1955 (Stanford University Press, 2009).
Todd Crowell, a Tokyo-based journalist, author, and editor, is Japan correspondent for the Asia Sentinel and RealClearWorld.com. His books include Farewell, My Colony: Last Years in the Life of British Hong Kong (Bookworld Services, 1999).
Andrew C. A. Jampoler, a retired naval aviator, writes regularly for the Naval Institute Press and for Naval History. This year the Press published his fifth and sixth nonfiction books: Congo, the story of the United States and the Congo at the end of the 19th century, and an e-book, Black Rock and Blue Water, about the wreck of RMS Rhone in the Caribbean during 1867.
Commander John T. Kuehn, U.S. Navy (Retired), is General William Stofft Chair of Historical Research at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the author of Agents of Innovation (Naval Institute Press, 2008) and coauthor of Eyewitness Pacific Theater (Sterling Publishing, 2008). A former naval aviator, Commander Kuehn flew recon and combat missions during Operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch (Iraq), and Deliberate Force (Bosnia).
Eric Mills, senior editor of Naval History and an adjunct professor of history at Chesapeake College, is the author of Chesapeake Bay in the Civil War (Schiffer, 2010); The Spectral Tide: True Ghost Stories of the U.S. Navy (Naval Institute Press, 2009); and Chesapeake Rumrunners of the Roaring Twenties (Cornell Maritime Press, 2000).
Douglas R. Pricer, a graduate of Sonoma State University with a B.A. in history, is the author of five books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. His article, “Taking Charge on Red Beach Two,” is excerpted from his upcoming book, Cornerstones of Courage: The Story of Ssgt. William J. Bordelon, due for release in 2014.
Commander Michael A. Reed served as an enlisted Navy sailor before attending Officer Candidate School and receiving his commission in 1996. He has served in the USS Vincennes (CG-49), Rainier (AOE-7), Antietam (CG-54), Milius (DDG-69), and Curts (FFG-38). Commander Reed earned an MA in history from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and currently is joint training officer, U.S. 3rd Fleet.
Jack Sweetman served as a company commander in the U.S. Army before becoming a Ford Fellow at Emory University, from which he received his doctorate. He has authored, coauthored, translated, and edited numerous works of naval and military history. His honors include the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement, the Naval History Author of the Year Award, and the John Lyman Book Award for U.S. Naval History.