Summary of Qualifications • Proficient in written communications, editing, community relations, and public speaking • Leadership/management proficiency over base tour, editing, public relations programs • Trained in social media planning and result analysis • Media outreach and senior-level media training experience • Extensive crisis communication experience • Expertise in web content management • Award winning photojournalist, graphic illustration artist
Experience United States Air Force, 315th Airlift Wing – Charleston, S.C. April 2015 – Present Public Affairs Specialist/Photojournalist Plans, executes, and evaluates PR programs, including community and media engagement, written communications, visual information, and activities for one of the busiest wings in the United States Air Force Reserve. • Analyzes overall command objectives and unit policies while building relationships with Charleston community. • Directed Public Affairs coverage during 2016 Berlin Air Show, Public Affairs liaison and photojournalist on location in Germany for 315th AW – coordinated news stories, social media messaging, photography, and escorted foreign media and military agencies for Headquarters United States Air Force. • Led media coverage efforts of organization’s role in humanitarian shipment to Haiti, and other countries, on multiple occasions; stories of Air Force contribution told to more than 240,000. • Orchestrates working relationship with media representatives, while developing and maintaining position as liaison for United States Air Force with civilian organizations, governmental agencies, Reserve and active duty units, and other public organizations. • Led PA efforts during high-level joint training exercise, Operation Patriot Warrior, involving more than 6,000 service members, authored strategic plan and messaging used at Headquarters Air Force Reserve. In addition, planned formal base tour for high-visible distinguished visitors during exercise. • Developed training plans and operational procedures for crisis communication about military assets, natural disasters, environmental incidents, and other spot news events concerning United States Air Force Reserve Command. • Plan communication programs to ensure military and civilian members are informed about current issues and policies toward local installation, major command, Headquarters United States Air Force, and Department of Defense. • Exceptional journalism, second place in Air Force Reserve Command’s Outstanding New Print Journalist in 2015.
Public Affairs Specialist, Joint Base Charleston – Charleston, S.C. Sept. 2011 – April 2015 Community Relations Specialist / Photojournalist – January 2013 – April 2015 Worked in joint service military Public Affairs office for the Air Force’s largest C-17 aircraft location and Naval Weapons Station. Provided trusted counsel to the Chief of Public Affairs and other members of base leadership on various issues, implemented community outreach events for a population of more than 630,000. • Planned formal base tours for more than 70 organizations, created itineraries as well as contacted various agencies that provided briefings, and gave demonstrations to members of Charleston community. • Editor of all produced content of unit’s weekly communication efforts through weekly newspaper, website, and photo stories; products reached more than 22,000 local community members and more than 5,000 online viewers weekly. • Planned and flawlessly orchestrated tour for pro athlete Hershel Walker to Joint Base Charleston; directed all communication content for visit, picked up by multiple local and national news agencies. • Exceptional graphics illustrator, named Air Mobility Command’s first place recipient in graphics 2012, 2013, and 2014. • Recognition, named 628th Air Base Wing Staff Airman of the Year, 2012, Airman of the Quarter twice in 2012. • Exceptional journalism, more than 20 print articles ran at Air Force Headquarters-level. Stories also ran in Air Force Times, The State newspaper, The Military Times, Military.com, Defense.gov, and other publications/websites with worldwide audience and total audience of multi-million.
Education Indiana University April 2015 - 2019 Bachelor’s Degree, Communications, Applied for graduation Summer 2019 Professional Training Basic Public Affairs Course, Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Maryland, June – Sept. 2011 National Information Officers Association, Conference, Tampa, Fl. August 2015 Air Force Reserve Command, Public Affairs Conference, Atlanta, Ga. February 2016 National Information Officers Association, Conference, Nashville, Tenn. August 2016 Airman Leadership School, Joint Base Charleston, SC. September 2017