Meet Our Authors

Part of OMK’s mission is to deliver the most credible and in-depth content on military topics.  One way we do this is to employ a wide variety of writers that have actually served in nearly every branch of the US Military.

These writers have been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt.

They can give you the inside scoop of what it’s like to serve in a particular branch, as well as how to make the most our of your enlistment.

Learn more about who writes for OMK below:

Rob V. – Founder

Rob V. is the founder of OperationMilitaryKids.org. While he never actually served in the US Military, he has a passion for writing about military related topics. Born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ, he graduated from the New Jersey Institute Of Technology with an MBA in eCommerce. His hobbies include beach volleyball, target shooting, and lifting. Rob is also a commercially rated pilot with over 1,500 hours of flight time.

See all of Robs articles here.

Katie B. – Navy Veteran, Surface Warfare Officer

A small-town Missouri native, Katie is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a degree in English. She served 5 years as a Surface Warfare Officer, including 2 deployments onboard a Guided-Missile Destroyer and Aircraft Carrier. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Connect with Katie @katiebwriter or at www.katiemelynnbegley.com.

See all of Katie’s articles here.

Elie P. – Army Veteran, Paratrooper

Elie Piha served as a paratrooper in the US Army from 2008 to 2012. He used the GI Bill to graduate from UC Berkeley where he majored in English. He currently works as a writing tutor, a freelance writer, and a bartender, is completing a novel based on his time in Afghanistan, and is pursuing graduate school.

See all of Elie’s articles here.

Keanu C. – Air Force Active Duty, Cybersecurity

Keanu is currently an active duty airman in the United States Air Force. Born and raised in Columbia, Maryland, he’s currently a Computer Networks and Cyber-security student at the University of Maryland. Keanu enlisted in the US Air Force in September 2013, and attended the Community College Of The Air Force, graduating with an Associates Degree in Transportation. He currently resides in Tuscon, Arizona, and has plans to attain a Doctorate in Professional Studies In Cybersecurity.

See all of Keanu’s articles here.

Jacqueline P. – Navy Veteran, Hospital Corpsman

Jacqueline is retired from the United States Navy. Born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Las Vegas, NV, she graduated from the University of South Florida with a Major in biological health sciences. Jacqueline served 5 years as a hospital corpsman in the US Navy, with tours in San Diego, California and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She currently resides in Syracuse, NY, and is studying to become a physicians assistant.

See all of Jacqueline’s articles here.

Jeff E. – Marine Veteran

Jeff served with the Marine Corps Reserves as an Infantryman with Kilo Co. 3rd Battalion 23rd Marines from 1997 to 2003. 3/23 was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and served primarily in the Wasit Province of Iraq. Since exiting, Jeff has served as a non-profit manager in the area of foster care and adoption.

See all of Jeffs articles here.

Zach B. – Army National Guard

Zachary B. served in the United States Army for 9 years, both as an active-duty soldier as well as the Army National Guard. He currently operates a a political blog, and works at a local online newspaper in Cortland, NY. Zach currently resides in Syracuse, New York, and is very active in politics and local news media.

See all of Zach’s articles here.