Benjamin W.  Stratton

Ever since my decision to join the United States Air Force in the Fall of 2007, journalism has been my life.

I served at the only dual-wing nuclear capable base in the U.S. military, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., served at what is known as the "last warrior" base, Kunsan Air Base in the Republic of Korea and have since served at the Pacific Northwest's premier tanker refueling wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.

In midst of this I also served on a more than four month humanitarian mission with the U.S. Navy to seven countries in South America and the Caribbean region as well as a five month deployment to the largest expeditionary wing in Southwest Asia.

I have conducted many interviews with high ranking members of our country's leadership, military and those of other nations to include: the Secretary of the Air Force, the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and the Presidents of Panama and Columbia to name a few.

Photography is another huge part of who I am. With that said, every good photographer also is only best when they can interact with their subjects through print journalism as well. Through my travels, I have interviewed and photographed country music star - Darryl Worley, Irish folk singer - Daniel O'Donnel, the Christian music sensation - Bill Gaither of the Gaither Vocal Band, and a member of the Four Tops - Payton Lawrence, Jr., to name a few.

I completed my Associates of Applied Science in Public Affairs from the Community College of the Air Force and am currently taking classes with American Military University through online distance learning to complete my Bachelors of Arts in Marketing.

In my free time, when I'm not out exploring the world around me, I enjoy surfing the web for any and all news I believe folks should know about and share it. I'm also constantly researching new ways of connecting with people and have a particular interest in social media and marketing.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. My email and social media sites are linked below.