Contributors and Staff

Paul-Gregory "P-G" Matuszak, Contributing Editor-In-Chief

Paul-Gregory is an Assistant Editor, Reporter and Columnist at Brenner Brief News. P-G is also a contributor to and  the Franklin Center's Watchdog Wire on both the Texas and National departments.When not researching or writing for any of these publications, P-G is busy being a father, tormenting the love of his life, or working on one of his two books in progress.

P-G retired from 24 years of military service in September 2011. The last 15 years of that career was spent in the intelligence field where his analysis and recommendations were sought by decision makers from the lowest tactical level to the operational and national levels. P-G served in numerous conflict and combat zones including four tours to Iraq. His final tour to Iraq was spent advising the Iraqi Federal Police on intelligence support to counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations. Also during his military career, P-G instructed military students at all ranks and levels from new privates through Lieutenant Colonels, having taught courses including Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Military Intelligence Basic Officer Leadership Course (MIBOLC), Military Intelligence Captains' Career Course (MICCC), and one summer at the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in Ft. Leavenworth, KS.

P-G's Academic pursuits have varied in subjects ranging from literary analysis, theology & divinity, philosophy & metaphysics, kineseology & athletic training, culinary arts, history, military science, psychology, economics, business management, marketing, and political science.

Melissa Matuszak, Contributor

Melissa is the Contributing Editor-In-Chief of her own blog, Free Range Texan.

Melissa is a wife and a mother above all else. She served in the Texas Army National Guard until an injury ended her service. She earned a Masters degree in counseling and hopes to complete her licensing requirements as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) soon. Melissa seeks to help children learn to better cope and thrive in this world. Her academic career began with micro-biology until a psychology class brought about a sort of "calling". She has amassed experience in crisis intervention, counter-recidivism counseling, and childhood development mentoring and counseling, including work with "at-risk" youth contending with abusive or neglectful homes. Melissa is also seeking a teachers' certification so she may work with children within the school system, currently working in a parochial school.

Melissa enjoys writing poetry and other random thoughts on her own blog. The majority of her time is spent with her job, her schooling, being a mother, and tolerating political discussions with the love of her life. Still, she manages to sneak in watching Doctor Who when time permits. Her thoughts and words on this site are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of her husband. 

Melissa lives in a mini-fortress in an undisclosed location in the Republic of Texas. It is guarded by a hyperactive blue heeler, a very large cat, a Syrian hamster that is a master in hand-to-hand combat, and a snake who is a deadly master of grappling (if you're a mouse). The moat and drawbridge are on the honey-do list.

Jared Michael Royka, Contributor

Jared writes his own blog and journals on a variety of subjects at Juxta-Suppose. His writings are entertaining and thought-provoking.

Jared Royka served 17 years in the US Army, culminating in a successful career as a Senior Intelligence Analyst until an injury prevented further military service. After leaving active military service, Jared continued to serve as a civilian contract instructor of military intelligence analysis and critical thinking. He is currently seeking a degree in Psychology.

His hobbies include political science, civics, history, and gaming. Jared's gaming addiction led him to several leadership positions within Non-Profit Organizations. Those organizations are also deeply committed to charity work and community service. As an elected leader within the organizations, Jared has (and continues to) organized and led several charity drives to assist people in need in the US and around the world.

Jared is also a strong proponent of various disabled veterans' and combat veterans' issues.

Jared lives in rural Cochise County, Arizona with his wife, three dogs and two cats.