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Authors

Editor In Chief Jacey Eckhart

Jacey Eckhart is the Director of Spouse and Family Programs for Military.com and a military sociologist. Since 1996, Eckhart’s take on military families has been featured in her syndicated column, her book The Homefront Club, and her award winning CDs These Boots and I Married a Spartan?? Most recently she has been featured as a military family subject matter expert on NBC Dateline, CBS morning news, CNN, NPR and the New York Times. Eckhart is an Air Force brat, a Navy wife and an Army mom.

Managing Editor Amy Bushatz

Amy is the managing editor of Military.com’s spouse and family blog SpouseBuzz.com. A journalist by trade, Amy also covers spouse and family news for Military.com where she is an Associate Editor. An Army wife and mother of two, Amy has been featured as a subject matter expert on NPR and in the New York Times. Follow her on twitter @amybushatz.

Allie Lovette

Allie is a blogger, actress, writer, puppy mama and active duty military spouse. She is a new library aid on Camp Johnson and uses her free time to do extra work for TV shows in Wilmington. Allie and her husband Ryan have been together for five years, one deployment to Iraq, three parade seasons, college, a Disney World internship, and a battle with geo-bachelor living. They now live in North Carolina where Ryan is stationed at Camp Lejeune. Allie blogs at http://mymarineandme.blogspot.com so everyone knows what sort of trouble she is getting herself into when she is on her own.

Andi

Andi is married to an active-duty soldier and is the founder and former editor of SpouseBUZZ.

She is the founder of the Annual MilBlog Conference. The MilBlog Conference is the premiere event of the year for military bloggers. President George W. Bush, U.S. Representative Adam Smith, GEN David Petraeus, LTG Mike Oates, LTG William Caldwell, RADM Mark Fox, MG Kevin Bergner, MG David Hogg and The Honorable Pete Geren have addressed previous conferences.

While living in Washington, DC, Andi was the Ambassador to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for Sew Much Comfort, a non-profit organization which makes and delivers, free of charge, special adaptive clothing for wounded service members. Andi has worked with several non-profits to help our wounded heroes and their families. She finds that work to be the most rewarding and meaningful of all.

Andi strives to find humor in the good, bad and ugly of life and is a firm believer that laughter has the ability to cure most ills.

Chris Pape

Chris Pape, a male military spouse and 1995 graduate from the University of Cincinnati, is a national award-winning video producer with over 16 years experience developing entertaining and educational videos for public schools, large corporations, small businesses and state governments. Chris is the founder and senior producer of Macho Spouse, an interactive, online resource and educational video library for male military spouses and their families.

Chrissy Vimini RD

Christina Vimini (aka Chrissy) is an Army wife, Coast Guard brat, puppy parent, pianist, Terps-enthusiast, and Registered Dietitian. Hailing from Maryland, she and her husband are currently located at Fort Bliss, TX where she works providing nutrition therapy and counseling at an El Paso medical center. Her philosophy is that you can eat anything…in moderation. Connect with her on Twitter @CVimRD or on her website at http://csvimini.com.

Erin

Erin is an Army wife of seven years and the mother of two little girls. Her Army wife resume includes five deployments, five PCS moves, four duty stations, and a few stints volunteering with the family readiness group. She has been documenting her family’s military life experience since 2008 on her blog The Unexpected Army Life.

Heidi

Married to her high school sweetheart/AD Air Force man, Heidi was initially reluctant to life as a dependent, finally drank the Kool-Aid, and has since embraced being an active Air Force spouse. With a background in sports medicine, she has no real reason to write other than she enjoys it and likes to get others thinking. Heidi enjoys at-will employment as a substitute teacher, serving as an Arlington Lady, mothering two boys, rehabbing their short sale home purchase, recovering from a case of volunteeritis, correcting her verb tense, and learning more acronyms.

Janine

Janine is currently living the dream with her Handsome Coastie in Annapolis, Md. for the next one, two, or maybe six years. She’s a stay-at-home mom to a brood of little ones and often vents about life with three (soon to be four) under five over at www.coastiemamalogs.com.

John

John is married to an active duty Navy officer. He has been a Navy spouse for 13 years and a Navy boyfriend for an unknown number of years before that. He has been “That Guy” in multiple spouse clubs and is accustomed to being addressed as “ladies…oh, and John.” He has been an off-again-on-again blogger since 2002 and is very pleased that most of his past writing is no longer on active sites.

Kristle

Kristle Helmuth is a 26 year-old Army veteran, wife of a wounded warrior, and mother of two children. She is currently working toward her B.S in Communications and digital media. Kristle is the author of http://www.forgetthedognotthebaby.com, a blog that chronicles her journey through healing and self-discovery. Kristle has used her broad skill-set to increase awareness of the issues facing our nations wounded heroes, share resources, and provide hope for Military Families. Kristle is always there to offer support, encouraging words, and a kind open heart to all Military Spouses.

Leanne

Leanne is the mother of three rambunctious little boys and the wife of a Marine. Her days are filled with laundry, shuttling kids around, helping with homework, volunteering, dodging nerf bullets, repeatedly putting the toilet seat down, and tripping over flight boots. It truly is the American Dream.

When not refereeing someone’s fight, she blogs {all to infrequently lately} a journal of military wife life and the random thoughts of an often solo parent as The Mrs. at Trying Our Best. However, since discovering twitter two years ago she has become a Twitter fiend @mrs_flyboy and is debating starting a 12 step program.

Lori Volkman

Lori Volkman is a Deputy Prosecutor, mother of two, and wife of a Navy reservist. She is also an award-winning writer at Witty Little Secret, a military family blog about her experiences as a military brat, active duty wife, and now reservist family. She volunteers as the Communications Director at www.MSJDN.com, an organization that advocates for military spouse licensing in all 50 states. She was voted the 2013 Navy Base San Diego Military Spouse of the Year by her peers.

Raleigh Duttweiler

Raleigh Duttweiler is a writer, amateur cook, and Marine Corps wife living at Camp Lejeune, NC. She insists on pronouncing Lejeune “luh-jhoon,” and defends this mispronunciation by citing the pronunciation of Houston, Texas and Houston Street in New York City, her home for the last decade. When she’s not on SpouseBUZZ or Spouse Channel, she can be found at the helm of her tutoring company, Tactical Advantage, which serves military children and their families as they bridge the gap between schools and navigate the college application process, finishing her Ph.D., and writing about food at DesignMom.com. She blogs at www.bunnyvictorious.com.

Sarah

Sarah has been married to her soldier for a bit more than 10 years. In the past decade, they’ve been at six different duty stations in four different branches of the Army. They’ve also endured three deployments, six miscarriages, and a failed IVF. Sarah’s blogging focus has shifted some in the past five years, from common military issues to something more personal: the difficult intersection between the military and infertility. It’s hard for some couples to start a family; it’s even harder when one person spends a lot of time on the other side of the globe. But Sarah was lucky enough to declare Mission Accomplished when their daughter was born 10 days after her husband’s return from Afghanistan. And she tries to remind herself how irreplaceable and cherished that daughter is now that she’s entered the terrible two’s.

In her free time, Sarah is a pioneer housewife: knitting, crocheting, and cooking … and sometimes even firing a weapon.

The New Normal

The New “Normal” (aka Kris) is an Army National Guard wife of 6 years, married for 12 years, momma to two fantastic kiddos and caretaker of the household zoo. While not juggling the house, a full-time job, chauffeur duties and the kids increasingly busy social lives, she enjoys running, reading and sewing. She continues to navigate the ever-changing life with the National Guard, having survived her husband’s first deployment without pulling all her hair out. Now the family gears up for her husband’s second deployment that is quickly approaching. With training missions filing up the remaining weeks before they say “see you later” once again, the family works hard between school, work and activities to stop and enjoy every minute they have left together. The New “Normal” blogs about daily life and the craziness of military life over at her personal blog – The New “Normal” – attempting to make sense of the insanity with a bit of humor.

To the Nth

In the course of the decade since she accepted a certain Annapolis-bound young man’s invitation to the senior prom, To the Nth has found herself a midshipman’s girlfriend, a student pilot’s fiancée, and a Naval Aviator’s wife. As the couple’s first sea tour unfolds, she discovers anew each day that life with a husband in “the fleet” is quite a different ballgame from the flight school experience.

To the Nth, being unable to keep her head (along with the rest of her) out of the clouds, devotes her volunteer time to Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. She is a qualified Mission Observer, trained to fly as a member of the aircrew in operations ranging from search and rescue to homeland security.

She maintains a personal blog and a Twitter account, either of which may, without warning, be used to inflict pictures of her cats on the Internet at large.

Wayne Perry

Wayne Perry is a male military spouse (or as he likes to say, a MANspouse). He and his wife have been married for nearly seven years and she has been in the Army for three. Wayne is a stay-at-home dad with two boys that keep him extremely busy. Wayne is also an advocate for MANspouses, inspiring them to get involved in the military community and support each other. Through the facebook page MANning the Homefront he hopes to connect MANspouses with one another.

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