Ward Carroll is the President of MilitaryOneClick.com, a role in which he brings a wealth of military experience as well as an extensive background in the media and entertainment industry. Ward was previously the editor-in-chief of We Are The Mighty, where he oversaw editorial content, the website and associated digital platforms, as well as the brand’s social media channels. Ward also makes frequent appearances on radio and TV as a military analyst.
During his 20-year Navy career, Ward served in four different F-14 Tomcat (the jet featured in “Top Gun”) squadrons, accumulating more than 2,800 flight hours in operations that included five extended aircraft carrier deployments to hostile regions around the globe. His last tour on active duty was at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy, where he taught English, leadership, and ethics. He retired at the rank of commander.
Immediately following his retirement from the Navy, he worked as the communications director for the V-22 Osprey program at the Naval Air Systems Command where he guided the communications strategy as the airplane went from the test phase to introduction as a game-changing fleet asset.
In 2005 Ward joined Military.com as editor, responsible for all news, editorials, commentaries, and other content on the website and in e-newsletters. During his nearly nine years in that role he oversaw the development of new verticals like Fitness and Entertainment, created the site’s blog network, and led the shift to original news content – efforts that resulted in exponential traffic growth and impact.
Ward’s writing has appeared in a wide variety of websites, newspapers, and magazines including The Huffington Post, The Virginian-Pilot, Hits, and Golf World. His three novels about Navy pilots--Punk's War (2001 HB, 2014 TB and e-book), Punk's Wing (2003), and Punk's Fight (2004)--have been widely praised for their realistic portrayals of a military life. He earned the Naval Institute Press’ “Author of the Year” honors in 2001. He has two other published works: The Aide (2005) and Militia Kill (2006), and he just delivered his latest novel, titled Autumn of the Sea Wolves.