Lieutenant Commander Taj D. King, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Navy, is a Navy biochemist serving at the Naval Medical Research Unit in Dayton, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Michael D. Hull, a veteran of the British Army, is a military historian and has contributed extensively to numerous magazines and the Eisenhower Center for Military Studies’ World War II Guide. He was a longtime newspaper reporter and editor on both sides of the Atlantic.
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Hayes, U.S. Marine Corps, is a strategic special operations planner at U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command. He previously served as an infantry platoon commander, company executive officer, company commander, and battalion executive officer as well as a Marine Special Operations team leader, company executive officer, and deployed company-level detachment commander.
Commander Brian Evans, U.S. Navy, is an information warfare officer and a member of the information professional community. His previous tours include Carrier Strike Group 12, OPNAV N2/N6, and USCyberCom. He currently serves as the deputy director C4/cyber at U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet.
Lieutenant Joe Hanacek, U.S. Navy, a surface warfare officer, is pursuing a master’s in systems engineering analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School. He previously served as electronics materiel officer/communications officer on board the USS Jackson (LCS-6) and as strike and combat information center officer on board the USS Lake Champlain (CG-57).
Commander Brian Smicklas, U.S. Coast Guard, is a career cutterman with more than ten years of sea duty. He is currently stationed in Honolulu and serves as executive officer of the USCGC Midgett (WMSL-757), the Coast Guard’s newest national security cutter. He is a Coast Guard Academy graduate and holds postgraduate degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School, the Naval War College, and Norwich University. He was selected as the 2015 Naval Institute Proceedings author of the year.
Captain John Cordle, U.S. Navy (Retired), retired from the Navy in 2013 after 30 years of service. He commanded the USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) and USS San Jacinto (CG-56), and received the U.S. Navy League’s Captain John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership in 2010.
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