The Journal Staff

The staff and contributors of The Warfighter Journal are professionals and subject-matter experts in their fields. They come from all walks of life, many have highly multifaceted and diverse backgrounds and professional portfolios, and each maintain their own unique points of view on a large variety of topics. However, they all have a few things in common – an internalized will to succeed, a thirst for new knowledge, continuing education, and never-ending personal growth. They are self-motivated, passionate about what they write about, and each have a desire to share their depth of knowledge with you in a relevant, factual, well-researched, and well-written way.

Each staff member, writer, and contributor’s works are their own. They each retain full credit for their work, and the Journal only acts as the platform that provides our subscribers and the general audience access to their work.

If you are a current service member, veteran, or civilian professional interested in contributing to The Warfighter Journal, please visit our Recruitment Page for more information.

SSG AJ Powell (USA, Ret.)AJ Powell
Founder / Editor in Chief

AJ is a retired U.S. Army NCO who served in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. He is a combat veteran, and has participated in contingency operations around the world. AJ is the CEO of Veteran Leadership Solutions, the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Warfighter Journal, and the Director of Strategic Communications at Mountain Up Hat Company. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a focus on Sociology and a degree in Organizational Leadership, and is published in the field of sociology. AJ is an inductive analyst, writer of military and leadership articles, aviator, a certified advanced operational diver, professional mentor and adviser, snowboarder, motorcycle rider, world traveler, and enjoys long distance endurance events.

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17351294_10155890236734829_662849379_nRyan Hunt
Creative Marketing Officer

Ryan has served in the U.S. Army as an NCO and later as an officer. He is a combat veteran, and has deployed as part of Operation Iraq Freedom three times, and Stabilization Force 6 (Former Yugoslavia). Ryan is a graduate of the State University of New York, College at Potsdam with an undergraduate focus in history, and is a graduate of Webster University with a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership. In his free time, Ryan is the creative force behind Mountain Up Hat Company along with supporting several other projects and nonprofits to include Summit For a Soldier. Ryan loves hiking, writing, and watching movies.

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flightJeremy Rawls
Editor / Writer

Jeremy is a former active duty Marine with two combat tours in Iraq. He was part of the invasion in 2003 and later returned for the take down of Fallujah. After leaving the Corps, he worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security with two contracts in Afghanistan. He is currently a freelance writer.

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Kurt McDowellKurt McDowell

Kurt is a US Army Veteran and the founder of Dutchtown Capital, LLC. He served twenty years as an Officer in the Armor and Information Operations communities. Kurt acquired his first residential investment property following an Iraq deployment and never stopped. Kurt is also a co-founder and the Director of Business Development for Mountain UP LLC. Today Kurt spends most of his time with his wife, Joungsun, and their three boys Solomon, Noah, and Asher. On the side he purchases distressed rental properties, builds assisted living facilities, provides secure investment opportunities backed by real property, and coaches real estate investing to military veterans.

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BennettHeadshotBennett Tanton

Bennett is a former Reconnaissance Marine and US Army Infantryman. He has his BA in Security Management and is a graduate of 2014 Entrepreneurship Boot camp for Veterans with disabilities (EBV) at Syracuse University. Bennett is the Co-Founder & President of Warrior Hall Inc, Co-founder & Co-host of Cigars and Sea Stories and the Co-host of Change Your POV. Bennett also works as a contributor and adviser to a few publications, companies and organizations. Bennett is a Certified Peer Support Specialist in the states of NC and AZ; he currently works for the Veterans Administration as a Peer Support Specialist. Bennett has dedicated his life to helping veterans navigate the system and aid them in adding value to their communities.

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