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CONTACT Air Land & Sea reports on the people, platforms and operations of the world’s defence forces, particularly Australia. We are dedicated to presenting stories, photos and video that capture the essence of serving-members’ lives, as far as possible in their own words.
CONTACT Air Land & Sea web site is our internet-based headquarters where we publish daily news and other interesting, related items. We also use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube as ’embassies’ where we engage our audience, inviting them back to our headquarters. This site attracts more than 200,000 page views by more than 40,000 unique visitors per month (average from 1 Jan to 1 Oct 2017).
CONTACT Air Land & Sea newsletter is a free fortnightly email-based publication that draws attention to recent news stories. Its intent is to bring readers the best of the previous fortnight in a handy-reference format, linking back to the original story in our headquarters (web site) – and updating subsequent developments to older stories. The newsletter is sent to more than 10,000 registered email addresses.
CONTACT Air Land & Sea magazine is a high-quality, full-colour, features-based magazine published four times per year. Initially launched in March 2004 as a traditional paper-based magazine, it switched to digital in 2013. It is now only available by FREE subscription and sent to the same 10,000+ email addresses.
Paper copies of issues 1 to 40 of CONTACT Air Land & Sea magazine, can still be purchased here. Many of our magazines (including the early paper-based ones) have been added to our digital archive here.
COMBAT Camera is a high-quality, full-colour, photo-essay-based magazine published on an ad hoc basis, usually as a single-subject feature. This magazine is distributed to the same subscriber base and is also archived here.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
I am the Managing Editor of Contact Publishing Pty Ltd and a founder of the company (2003). I now work full time on this project.
I also still serve as a Reservist Sergeant in the Australian Army Public Relations Service, since transferring from the full-time Army in 2002.
I served almost 12 years in the full-time Army, first as an Aircraft Fitter (helicopter mechanic)(seven years) and then as a reporter at ARMY Newspaper (and ARMY Magazine – now defunct)(five years).
In the Army, I deployed to East Timor in 1999 as a member of INTERFET.
When I left the full-time Army in 2002, I worked for five years with the Australian Federal Police as Editor of Platypus, their professional police journal, and as a PR photographer.
As an AFP photographer, I deployed on the first rotation of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
My time with the AFP also coincided with the birth of CONTACT magazine, which was produced with the assistance of one partner (no longer involved) as a sideline to what was a pretty full-on day job.
I am pleased to say I can currently devote much more of my brainspace to CONTACT.
Other jobs I’ve held down (for various lengths of time) include Editor RAAF Newspaper, Chief of Staff Army Newspaper, Media Operations Officer Defence HQ – and, as a younger man, taxi driver, lawnmower, car washer, furniture removalist and dairy farmer.
I am on the high side of 50 years old, married to Rosie, with two adult daughters and two granddaughter. My wife and I both speak with remnants of Irish accents, but we’ve lived in Australia longer than we lived in Ireland.
Read more about my credentials as a defence reporter – and my motivations for starting CONTACT Magazine here.
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