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G. Kurt Piehler is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Tennessee who focuses on war, peace, and American society. Dr. Piehler is the Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society. He is the author of Remembering War the American Way and co-editor of Major Problems in American Military History. He is also the consulting editor for the Oxford Companion to Military History. Currently, Dr. Piehler is working on a book-length study that will examine the impact of the Second World War and the G.I. Bill on American society.

Cinnamon Brown is the Assistant to the Director at the Center for the Study of War and Society.  She received her B.S. from the University of West Alabama (2000) and her M.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2003).  She is currently working on her doctorate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.   

Rosemary Bryant Mariner joined the Naval service after being selected as one of the first eight women to enter military pilot training. Designated a naval Aviator in June 1974, she became the first female military aviator to fly tactical jet aircraft, the A-4E/L Skyhawk, in 1975. The following year Mariner converted to the A-7E Corsair II, again becoming the first woman to fly a front-line light attack aircraft. She was the first military woman to command an operational aviation squadron and was selected for major aviation shore command. During DESERT STORM, she commanded Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Thirty Four. During her twenty-four years of military service, Capt. Mariner logged over 3500 military flight hours in fifteen different naval aircraft and made seventeen carrier landings. In 1997, Mariner retired as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) Professor of Military Studies for the National War College. Several books and publications have profiled her life, including Crossed Currents: Navy Women from WWI to Tailhook, Women in the Military: An Unfinished Revolution, Tailspin, Ground Zero: The Gender Wars in the Military, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Cynthia Tinker is the Project Coordinator for the Center for the Study of War and Society. Tinker is responsible for organizing all Center events and programming, as well as coordinating publicity and marketing strategy. In addition, she manages the day-to-day operations of the Center, including the Veterans Oral History Project, the World War II archival collection, and communications with the Center's network of veterans, historians, teachers and the public. She supervises interns, graduate students, and volunteers. After serving four years (1988-1992) as a MC-130H and MH-53J aircraft electrician in U.S. Air Force Special Operations, Tinker enrolled at the University of Tennessee on the G.I. Bill. She graduated from UT in December 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She is a proud member of the American Legion and the Air Commando Association.

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