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Bob Jenkins


Bob Jenkins,
Garrison PAO, joined the public affairs staff in May 2009. His 30+ years experience includes a 20-year Navy career as a public affairs officer having served on two major staffs; as officer-in-charge of two Navy Broadcasting Service facilities; a radio and television broadcasting instructor; and as associate editor of a major Navy newspaper and PAO for two ships. Related endeavors include being the Indianapolis Colts' assistant public relations director; public relations director for a full-service ad agency; producer and anchor for an ABC-TV affiliate; and regional marketing director and general manager with one of the country's largest mall developers. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management and communications.

Brendalyn Carpenter


Brendalyn Carpenter,
Deputy Public Affairs/Command Information Officer, joined the public affairs staff in June 2013. She has more than 14 years experience performing media relations, community relations, and congressional affairs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. During her tenure at JBLM, Brendalyn accepted assignments across the full spectrum of public affairs operations. They include a supervisory role as the external communications chief/legislative liaison; managing strategic communications and outreach for the Directorate of Public Works and the Fort Lewis Installation Sustainability Program, serving as the JBLM Command Information project officer, and as writer and assistant editor for the base newspaper. Brendalyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Pacific Lutheran University.

Maria Rice McClure


Maria Rice McClure,
Editor-in-Chief, joined the Fort Campbell Courier staff in April 2015. She was the Features Editor, an award-winning columnist and copy editor at The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville from October 1996 until August 2011 when she left there to work at Fort Campbell's Warrior Transition Battalion. Maria has traveled the world as an Army brat, spouse and Soldier. She looks forward to serving the Fort Campbell community as its newspaper's Editor-in-Chief, while pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication Arts degree at Austin Peay State University.

Michele Vowell


Michele Vowell,
Managing Editor, joined the Courier staff in October 2007. She previously worked as the Features Editor for the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and as the News Editor at the Crittenden Press in Marion, Kentucky. Michele holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Print Journalism from Murray State University. At college, she worked as the News Editor for the university's award-winning newspaper, the Murray State News.

Leejay Lockhart


Leejay Lockhart,
Journalist, joined the Courier staff in December of 2015. He previously worked with the U.S. Army including as a public affairs specialist where he served more than two years with the 101st Sustainment Brigade at Fort Campbell. A graduate of Old Dominion University, Leejay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in professional communications.

Mari-Alice Jasper


Mari-Alice Jasper,
Journalist, joined the Courier staff in February 2016 after interning here over the summer through the Kentucky Press Association. In December 2015, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication from Murray State University. She previously worked at the university's award-winning newspaper as the News Editor and served as Copy Editor for The Paris Post Intelligencer.

Heather Huber


Heather Huber,
Journalist, joined the Courier staff in November 2014. She previously worked as the community editor for the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2008 with a degree in print and editorial journalism. Heather grew up in an Army Family, so she has some understanding of the Army way of life. She considers the Hopkinsville-Fort Campbell area her hometown.



Kory Gibbs


Kory Gibbs,
Journalist, joined the Courier staff in August 2016.He previously worked for the Brentwood Homepage as a freelance writer. He graduated from Austin Peay State University with Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Journalism. He also worked for Austin Peay’s newspaper as a sports writer. .