American Military News is one of the fastest growing military and foreign affairs news agencies in the world. Launched in June 2015 and headquartered in New York City, its mission is to accurately report on all issues related to the U.S. military, global foreign affairs, current events and lifestyle topics.
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Kellen Giuda is CEO of American Military News. He owns and operates an operations management firm in New York City. Previously, Giuda served as National Coalitions Director for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign. Prior to that, he was a Project Manager at an architecture firm in downtown Manhattan. Giuda grew up in a large Navy family.
Rob Abraham is CTO of American Military News. He is an executive at a major technology firm in Chicago. Abraham previously built and sold a successful technology company. Prior to that, he served as a U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms and managed several technology companies in the Chicago area.
Melissa Leon is the Editor-in-Chief of American Military News and lives in New York City. Melissa was an award-winning journalist and blogger in New Jersey for several years before she and her husband opened a CrossFit gym in Manhattan, which she manages and operates. Melissa is a proud military wife – her husband is currently an officer in the Army, and he deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. They live in Manhattan with their Giant Schnauzer.
- Congressman Mike Pompeo (Currently CIA Director)
- Congressman Paul Cook
- Congressman Lee Zeldin
- Congressman Brad Wenstrup
- General Paul McGillicuddy
- Brigadier General Andrew F. Hutchinson
- Gen. (Ret.) David A. Morris
- TN Senator Mark Green
- Fmr. Pentagon Spokesperson J.D. Gordon
- President, Frontiers of Freedom Institute George Landrith
- Col. (Ret.) Jay Delancy
- Col. (Ret.) JW Deloach
- Army Staff Sgt. & Silver Star Recipient David Bellavia
- Veteran Bryce Burton
- Army Sgt. (Ret.) Theresa Giarratano
- Air Force Special Operations Pilot Todd Wood
- Founder, Gold Star Siblings, Karen Hickman
- Green Beret, Speaker, Scott Mann
- CEO, Amazing.com Matthew Clark
- Air Force Captain Jerry Gay
- Army Special Forces (Ret.) Ken Benway
- S. Army (Ret.) Ken Doyle
- Army Helo Pilot, Embry Riddle Instructor Melissa Gresham
- Army NCO (Ret.) Kenneth Depew
- Army Spec Ops Sean Linnane
- Author Dan Wos
- Army SERE Instructor Ace Baker
- Military Historian Richard Lowry
- Army Airborne Scott Fadner
- Korean/Vietnam War Vet Brooks Outland
- Middle East Women Rights Activist Sayeh Hassan
- Marine Veteran Paul (Alex) Bartel (Latreb)
- Army Veteran Jon Britton
- Marine Veteran Matthew Adams
- Founder, Cold Dead Hands Patrick James
- Author David Stuligross
- Cdr LE (Ret.) Chris Wagoner
- Writer Brandon Wright
- Marine Veteran Joel Galford
- Navy Veteran Keegan Curty
- Marine Veteran David Edder
Staff writers for American Military News are based in New York and around the United States.
American Military News Advisory Board is comprised of a growing number of successful military, corporate and media. The Advisory Board currently stands at eight people.
Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, September 11th, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for over 13 hours. Mr. Paronto’s story is told in the book “13 Hours” written by Mitchell Zuckoff and his five surviving annex security team members.
Major Hegseth has deployed three times since 9/11, most recently returning from Afghanistan where he was the senior counterinsurgency instructor at the Counterinsurgency Training Center in Kabul from 2011-2012. Hegseth previously served in Iraq with the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division for their 2005-2006 deployment, serving as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Baghdad in 2005, and as a Civil-Military Operations officer in Samarra in 2006. He also served in Guantanamo Bay for a year guarding detainees. Hegseth holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his time in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As a FOX News contributor, Major Hegseth appears regularly on the channel—guest hosting FOX & Friends frequently and regularly providing commentary on The Kelly File, Outnumbered, and America’s Newsroom. Hegseth is also a frequent contributor to FOX Business, National Review and FOXNews.com.
Major Hegseth previously served as the Chief Executive Officer for Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) from 2012-2015, the largest conservative veterans and military families organization in America.
Michael Krull is President and CEO of CRA, Inc., a managed services firm focused on the homeland security and national defense market and is an adjunct professor teaching politics and public policy at Georgetown University.
Previously, Mr. Krull was the national campaign manager for Newt 2012 and held international executive positions in various capacities. He was appointed to senior positions by President George H.W. Bush, working at headquarters and in the field on interagency civil-military-NGO humanitarian issues and crises in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Americas at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Michael has worked in the White House Advance Office (Reagan and GHW Bush).
Mr. Gibbs currently works for a major insurance carrier based in New York City, where he manages and underwrites risk mitigation solutions for international and domestic security perils, to include Political Risk, Political Violence, Terrorism, Kidnap for Ransom & Extortion, Workplace Violence, and Cyber Data Breaches.
Previously, Mr. Gibbs served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps where he completed four overseas deployments, to include two combat tours in Iraq. Following his time in the Marines, he served in a policy role at The Pentagon, and as Director of International Programs for Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a Washington D.C.-based security-centric think tank. At BENS Mr. Gibbs oversaw all of that organization’s outreach and engagement with the U.S. military.
Ralph J. Capio was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1965 from the Air Force ROTC program at Rutgers University. He then trained as a Navigator-Bombardier, and, after earning his wings, was assigned, in 1967, to his first operational unit–the 380th Strategic Aerospace Wing, Plattsburgh AFB, NY. During the next three years, at Plattsburgh, as a member of Select and Lead B-52 crews, he stood nuclear alert, flew airborne nuclear alert missions, and deployed to Southeast Asia flying B-52 combat missions in Vietnam.
After returning to the US, he separated from active duty, joining the New York Air National Guard, and enrolling in law school at Union University, Albany Law School, simultaneously enrolling in the Public Administration program at the State University of New York at Albany. He was recalled to active military duty in 1974, after graduating from Albany Law School with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree and from SUNY with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, and after being admitted to the NY bar. He was appointed an Air Force judge advocate (JAG), and was posted to various AF assignments around the world, including Germany, Japan, Italy, and Saudia Arabia, as well as military bases within the US. He also completed a Master of Law (LL.M.) degree at George Washington University, specializing in Government Contract Law. And, he earned a Master of International Business (MIB) degree from Saint Louis University. He is a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College, and the National Defense University. By his retirement from the military, in 1998, he had spent 30 years in active service, in addition to 4 years in the New York Air National Guard. During that time, he received the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Gulf War Campaign Medal, and, in 1992, he was selected as the Outstanding Senior Air Force Attorney.
After military service he engaged in the private practice of law in St Louis as a member of a noted law firm, moving next to Las Vegas, where he established a government contracts consulting firm. He is presently a Senior Instructor for Government Training Inc., and for TwentyEighty StrategyExecution, teaching government contracting seminars around the country.
He and his wife, Heather, formerly from Montreal, Canada, have been married for 50 years. They have one son, Christopher, of St Louis, and three beautiful granddaughters, Lia, Evy and Irie.
Scott Mann is a retired Green Beret and CEO and Founder of Warrior Voice. His best-selling book Game Changers, examines new ways to defeat violent extremists where they live and work, with less U.S. blood and treasure, with a call to all citizens to demand policy and strategy change toward winning this war.
J.D. Gordon is a former Pentagon spokesman who served under Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary Robert Gates from 2005-2009. He has also served on three Republican presidential campaigns as a full time senior National Security & Foreign Policy Advisor.
As a Special Operations pilot, L. Todd Wood flew missions supporting Seal Team 6 and Delta Force.
After separating from the U.S. Air Force, he pursued a second passion in finance and became an accomplished international businessman. Todd is the author of four historical thrillers, several short stories and is a sought-after security and political analyst by media outlets in America and overseas.
Brandon is a retired Navy Captain, entrepreneur and attorney. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, he served on active duty in the P-3 community as a Naval Flight Officer, Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander and Wing Weapons Officer.
Following ten years of active service, he served 15 years in the Naval Reserves, with highlights as Commanding Officer of Naval Reserve Tactical Support Center 0793 and Air Operations Training Officer for Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group II, Norfolk, Virginia.
Following active duty, Brandon entered and excelled in the business world, starting and building a number of small businesses, while also obtaining his law degree at Boston University Law School. Besides practicing law in New Hampshire, Brandon also was elected and served one term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.