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Major Mike Walton, USAR: Major Micheal Walton has held command and staff positions in a wide variety of Army organizations -- Active, Guard and Reserve -- from detachment to Department of the Army level during the past 20 years. With more than 12 years of public affairs experience at the unit, installation, corps and theater army stops, he is considered one of the most experienced contingency public affairs officers within the Army Reserve and is one of the Army’s leaders in emerging media technologies. He has served in PA roles during Operations Desert Storm, Joint Endeavor/Joint Guard, New Horizons 99, and during the Eclipse Alpha series of exercises. Walton later served as the first Emerging Media Team Chief in the Army Reserve with the 88th Regional Support Command, Ft. Snelling, Minnesota. During the Army Reserve’s observance of the 10th Anniversary of Desert Shield/Storm, he served as Deputy Director/Executive Officer in the Office, Chief of the Army Reserve at the Pentagon. Walton has been recently selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and to command the 318th Public Affairs Operations Center, Chicago, Ill. In civilian life, Mike Walton is a public affairs specialist with the 88th Regional Support Command, Army Reserve, Ft. Snelling, Minnesota.

Capt. Christa D'Andrea, USAF: Capt. Christa L. D’Andrea is assigned to HQ Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs, Randolph AFB, Texas. She works in the Public Affairs News Division as the PA “watcher” for the AETC commander. As the “watcher,” she works the logistical aspects of the general’s interviews and speaking engagements throughout the command. Capt D’Andrea’s former assignments include Chief, Public Affairs, Air Force Inspection Agency, Kirtland AFB, N.M. and Chief, Community Relations, 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C. Capt. D’Andrea is married to Maj. Jon Y. D’Andrea of Albuquerque, N.M. They have one heck of an adorable and strikingly handsome 8-month-old son, Zachary Cole.

JO1 W. Paul Taylor, USN: Paul Taylor is a Navy Journalist serving as the Media Relations guy for Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. A native of Lawrence, Ks., Paul has served at three broadcast detachments (Keflavik, Iceland; Lisbon, Portugal; and Misawa, Japan) and as a staff writer for All Hands Magazine (Washington, D.C.). This is his second PA job after a tour as the independent duty, staff journalist for Commander, Submarine Group SIX (Charleston, S.C.). Paul began his Navy career as a non-designated Airman in his most rewarding and favorite tour as a member of Anti-Submarine Warfare and Maritime Patrol Squadron (VP) 44 where he stood in front of P-3s waving his arms around and cleaning toilets in such beautiful locales as Brunswick, Me., Sigonella, Sicily; Rota, Spain; Souda Bay, Crete; and RAF MacRahanish, Scotland. Paul is married to the former Carolyn Seeley and has two ridiculously handsome boys named Cameron and Nicholas.

PA1 Steve Carleton, USCG: Petty Officer Carleton has served on Active Duty in the Coast Guard for more than 10 years. Eight of those have been in Public Affairs. His assignments include the Thirteenth Coast Guard District in Seattle, Wash; the First Coast Guard District in Boston, Mass. Petty Officer Carleton served on the Coast Guard Olympic Task Force in 1996; in addition his experience was invaluable during the search and subsequent recovery efforts for John F. Kennedy Jr's aircraft and the EgyptAir Flight 990 aircraft incident in 1999. Petty Officer Carleton is currently assigned to the Coast Guard Recruiting Command, Advertising Branch, where his experience in graphic arts, web design and desktop publishing are invaluable to communicating the Coast Guard message to prospective Coast Guard enlistees and officer candidates.

Mr. Colie Young, USMC: Mr. Colie Young is a GS-09 civilian currently employed as a Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed at the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Georgia. Mr. Young has more than 14 years of total service in the government, including seven years as an active duty Marine and seven years as a civilian. Mr. Young is native New Yorker.