Bob Doerr


Award winning author Bob Doerr grew up in a military family, graduated from the Air Force Academy, and had a career of his own in the Air Force. Bob specialized in criminal investigations and counterintelligence gaining significant insight to the worlds of crime, espionage, and terrorism. His work brought him into close coordination with the security agencies of many countries and filled his mind with the fascinating plots and characters found in his books today. His education credits include a Masters in International Relations from Creighton University. A full time author with ten published books, Bob was selected by the Military Writers Society of America as its Author of the Year for 2013. The Eric Hoffer Awards awarded No One Else to Kill its 2013 first runner up to the grand prize for commercial fiction. Two of his other books were finalists for the Eric Hoffer Award in earlier contests. Loose Ends Kill won the 2011 Silver medal for Fiction/mystery by the Military Writers Society of America. Another Colorado Kill received the same Silver medal in 2012 and the silver medal for general fiction at the Branson Stars and Flags national book contest in 2012. Bob released an international thriller titled The Attack in May 2014, and more recently, Caffeine Can Kill, his sixth book in the Jim West mystery series. Bob has also written two novellas for middle grade readers in the Enchanted Coin series: The Enchanted Coin and The Rescue of Vincent. Bob lives in Garden Ridge, Texas, with Leigh, his wife of 42 years, and Cinco, their ornery cat.

George Jackson


Captain George William Jackson (a.k.a.  G. William Weatherly) grew up in Huntington, New York.  After graduating (with honors) from the University of Wisconsin, he was commissioned an Ensign in June 1969.  In the course of a 30 year career, he achieved exceptional credentials in nuclear power, being assigned to the pre-commissioning units of two submarines to oversee the testing of the nuclear engineering plants and training of the initial crews.  He commanded three different submarines, USS Shark (SSN-591), USS Billfish (SSN-676) and PCU Rhode Island (SSBN740.

Between 1977 and 1980, he served on Admiral Rickover's staff in Washington, DC.  From 1994 until July of 1999, he was a Professor of Operations, held the Lockwood Chair of Undersea Warfare and was Chairman of the Joint Military Operations Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.  There he oversaw and coordinated the efforts of 38 other professors and certified the Joint Professional Military Education of over two thousand mid-grade and senior officers.

He is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (a global organization) and over a dozen other professional and veteran groups.  

He lives in Southeastern Connecticut with his wife of over 40 years, Caren.  With her help and a host of former sailors and friends, he began his writing career in 2008 and won the MWSA gold medal for fiction with his first novel, Sheppard of the Argonne, in 2016.

Joe Epley


Joe Epley has worn many hats -- public relations executive, Green Beret, television journalist, change agent, adventurer, and novelist. Although supposedly retired now, he remains active in community affairs and writing and speaking about the American Revolutionary War.

His novel about the battle of Kings Mountain, “A Passel of Hate,” received a Silver Medal from the MWSA.

A world traveler, Joe was the global chair of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest consortium of independent PR firms, and national president of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He also chaired PRSA’s College of Fellows. His skills and leadership earned him numerous professional honors including PRSA’s prestigious Gold Anvil for lifetime achievements. He also was honored by the Russian Public Relations Association for helping introduce the profession to Russia during the waning days of the Soviet Union.

He is a member of the Halls of Fame at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and the Defense Information School. His successes also earned him North Carolina’s prestigious “Order of the Long Leaf Pine,” the state’s highest award for noteworthy achievements by its citizens.

After an active duty tour in the Army in the late 1950’s, Joe became a television news reporter and editor before establishing Epley Associates/Public Relations in Charlotte, NC in 1968. He maintained a dual career in the National Guard and Army Reserve, retiring as a Master Sergeant after 22 years service, more than half that time in Special Forces units.

He sold his firm in 2005 and retired to the Tryon, NC area.

Larry Greenly


Armed with degrees in physics/math, architecture, civil engineering, and chiropractic, Larry Greenly has led a multi-faceted life as a teacher, engineer, and doctor of chiropractic. His career as a freelance writer/editor of myriad non-fiction articles began over 30 years ago with a long-running medical column in professional journals. Along the way, Greenly garnered a number of writing awards and recognition, including the Parris Award and others.

His book, Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot, won a Silver Medal in the 2016 MWSA book contest, was named a 2015 Booklist Top Ten Multicultural Nonfiction Book for Youth, won a Gold Medal in the 2014 National Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, won Best Young Adult Book in the 2014 NM/AZ Book Awards, was a finalist in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Southwest Region Crystal Kite Award, earned a starred review from the American Library Association (ALA) and earned a recommendation from Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA).

Over the last three decades, Greenly has edited and proofread many books for other writers. He has been a writing instructor and speaker for years at various organizations around the country. Greenly is a book judge for several writing organizations. And he is a member of MWSA, SouthWest Writers, and SCBWI.

His wide board experience includes three terms as president of the Albuquerque Press Club, a decade as a board member of NM Physicians of Chiropractic Medicine, and four terms as president of SouthWest Writers (with multiple terms of every position on SWW’s board since 1992 except treasurer). Greenly has also been SWW’s office manager since 2004, but he expects to retire soon to devote more time to writing and other writing-related activities.

Greenly wants to help MWSA grow and prosper in any way he can. He currently lives in New Mexico.  

Phil Keith


Phil Keith holds a degree in history from Harvard. After graduating, Phil went into the Navy and served in Vietnam. He was awarded the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Navy Commendation Medal.

After his wartime service, Phil rose to the rank of Commander in the Naval Reserve and is also a licensed US Coast Guard Master’s Mate. As a business executive, he worked for two Fortune 500 firms and is a former assistant professor of business at Long Island University. Since 2007 Phil has been an adjunct instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, teaching marketing and writing courses.

Phil has authored three novels and five nonfiction books to date. His two Vietnam books are both from St. Martin’s Press: Blackhorse Riders won the 2012 USA Book News award for Best Military Non-Fiction, was a finalist for the 2013 Colby Award and earned a Silver Medal from Military Writers Society of America. His second Vietnam book, Fire Base Illingworth, was released in 2013. Stay the Rising Sun (Quarto Publishing, 2016), is an account of the crucial WW II Battle of the Coral Sea and the loss of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington  in May, 1942. Stay the Rising Sun won a Bronze Medal from The Military Writers Society and was a finalist for the 2016 Morison Award for Naval Literature. Phil is currently working on two new books: Long Hank, a biographic novel on General Henry W. "Long Hank" Lawton, and Love and Glory, the biography of Eugene Bullard, the first African-American fighter pilot (co-written with best-selling author Tom Clavin), under contract to HarperCollins.  

Phil serves on the planning board for the Town of Southampton, writes an award-winning column for the Southampton Press, and is a member of VFW Post 5350, American Legion Post 924, the Disabled American Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans of America. He lives in Southampton with his partner Laura Lyons and son Pierce.

John Cathcart


A lifetime member, John Cathcart has been involved with MWSA for over 10 years—initially as webmaster, and for the past two seasons as awards director. Before joining MWSA, he served 20 years on active duty in the USAF as pilot and in various staff positions. After retiring from the Air Force at the rank of Lt Col, he flew 737s for American Airlines. While flying for American, he wrote his award-winning debut novel, Delta 7. Now that he’s retired, John would like to continue working with MWSA and ensuring that it remains relevant and useful to veteran writers and their families.

Rev. Bill McDonald

Bill was born in 1946 in San Francisco California. He is an author, award winning poet, artist, actor, international motivational speaker, former radio show host, advisor and consultant to films and documentaries, interfaith minister, advocate for veterans, yoga meditation teacher, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, a member of several non-profit organizations for PTSD veterans and suicide prevention, and he is spiritual advisor and confident to many from all walks of life.

He is also the founder of The American Authors Association (AAA). He is a member of The American Legion Post 233, The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #500, Amvets, The Military Order of The Purple Heart and works with other veteran organizations as a chaplain when needed.

During the Vietnam War he was a crew-chief/door-gunner on a UH-1 Huey Helicopter with the famed “Tomahawks” - The 128th Assault Helicopter Company. His tour-of-duty was from October 1966 to October 1967. He was awarded many ribbons and medals including: The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart, and 14 Air Medals. He was wounded when his helicopter was shot down in April of 1967. He was also blown up by a rocket and injured in July of 1967

His autobiography “A Spiritual Warrior’s Journey” first published in 2003 tells of his life experiences not only in the war but also embraces his formative years and the decades after he got back from the war. His next two books were poetry and prose. “Sacred Eye: Poetry in Search of the Divine” won him a $25,000 publisher’s prize as the best poetry book of 2004. His book of war poetry “Purple Hearts: Poetry of the Vietnam War” won public acclaims and honors as well....

Dwight Jon Zimmerman


Dwight Jon Zimmerman is a best-selling and award-winning author, radio show host, and television and movie producer. A member of the Military Writers Society of America since 2008, he is currently the organization’s president. Prior to that he served as a board member (2006-2008). He has written more than a dozen books and 300 articles on military history. He began his career at Marvel Comics, and has written stories about most of its famous characters.

His latest works include the graphic biography Steve McQueen: Full-Throttle Cool (July 2015) and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Photographic Card Deck: 100 Treasures from the World’s Largest Collection of Aircraft and Spacecraft (September 2015). In 2012, Zimmerman coauthored the New York Times best-selling book, Lincoln’s Last Days, a young adult adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling Killing Lincoln.

Zimmerman is the coauthor, with John D. Gresham, of Uncommon Valor: The Medal of Honor and the Six Warriors Who Earned It in Afghanistan and Iraq, which received the MWSA Founder’s Award in 2010.

Zimmerman was the co-executive producer of the Military Channel miniseries, First Command, based on his book of the same name. It won the 2005 Aurora Platinum Best of Show Award for Historical Programming.

Zimmerman has lectured at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Naval War College, and has appeared on the Fox News programs, DEFCON-3 and America’s News HQ. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Joëlle. They have two adult children