Lauren Katzenberg

Lauren Katzenberg is the cofounder and managing editor of Task & Purpose. She sits on the editorial board of War on the Rocks, a foreign policy web magazine, and is also a Defense Council member at the Truman National Security Project. Prior to launching Task & Purpose, Lauren spent two years in Afghanistan working with local filmmakers and journalists.

Recent articles from Lauren Katzenberg

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News
Here’s A Look At The Fort Lauderdale Shooter’s Now-Disabled Instagram Account
Esteban Santiago, the 26-year-old identified in the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting, served in the Army National Guard and posted Instagram photos from his deployment to Iraq before the account was taken down.
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Army Ranger Turned Santa Says Holding This Dying Child Is The Hardest Thing He’s Ever Done
A former Army Ranger faced the heartbreaking task of meeting a terminally ill child who wanted to see Santa before he died.
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Community
After His Brother’s Tragic Death, This Vet Pledged His Life To The Air Force
Ed Woodward shared his life story at Got Your 6's fourth annual Storytellers event in New York City.
Screenshot of then-Brig. Gen. Louis Antonetti speaking in a DoD video package while visiting troops at a base in Kosovo, March 2009.
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General In Charge Of CA National Guard During Bonus Fraud Also Kept Sex Offender On The Job
Retired Brig. Gen. Louis J. Antonetti oversaw the California National Guard from 2007 to 2010, during which time there was a pattern of mismanagement and failed leadership within the ranks.
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Humor
This Military Couple’s Wedding Cake Puts All Others To Shame
These newlyweds just set the bar for military-themed wedding cakes.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the Commander in Chief Forum hosted by NBC, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in New York.
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6 WTF Moments From The Commander-In-Chief Forum
There were several times over the course of the event when you just had to ask, “what the f*ck?”
K9 Search Specialist Denise Corliss and her search dog Bretagne in Houston, Texas, Sept. 11, 2002.
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The Last Living 9/11 Search Dog Receives Final Salute Before Her Passing
16-year-old Bretagne was laid to rest on Monday after a long and wonderful life as a search-and-rescue dog.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, right, endorses  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally at the Iowa State University, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Ames, Iowa.
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Army Vet Shuts Down Palin’s Claim That Her Son’s Violent Behavior Is Due To PTSD
Army vet Nate Bethea took to Twitter Wednesday night explaining why Sarah Palin shouldn’t excuse her son’s violent behavior by alleging he has PTSD.
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Veterans Benefits
3 Things You Need To Nail Your VA Disability Claim
There are three elements that must be included in every VA disability claims file. Make sure you have them.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves the courthouse Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, after his arraignment hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C.
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My Ongoing Personal Conflict With Serial’s Bergdahl Coverage
Serial’s reporting of Bergdahl’s survival leaves me feeling deeply conflicted because I can’t ignore how he was captured.
Screenshot taken from YouTube video released by the Taliban of Bowe Bergdahl. Video was released in April 2010.
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RECAP: Bergdahl’s Years Of Captivity Detailed In Serial, Episode 4
Here's a recap of Serial's fourth episode that explains Bowe Bergdahl's final four years of captivity.
An undated photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
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Bergdahl And Taliban Fighters Recount His Kidnapping In Serial Episode 2
Episode 2 of Serial presents the stories of what happened in the days and weeks after Bergdahl walked off his post.
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In Second Season, Serial Takes On Bergdahl — And The Messy World Of Military Culture
Serial season two focuses on Bowe Bergdahl and why he walked away from his Afghan outpost and into the arms of the Taliban.
James Vernon, 75, recounts to NBC News 25 how he apprehended a man with a knife at Morton public library.
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75-Year-Old Army Vet Takes Down Knife-Wielding Man In Library
James Vernon saved 16 children when he apprehended a knife-wielding man at an Illinois public library.
A Marine fills out an application at a recruiting booth at the Education Fair held at the West Gym Sept. 17, 2014.
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DoD Puts University Of Phoenix On Probation Following Investigation Into Recruiting Practices
The Department of Defense has suspended University of Phoenix from all recruiting practices on DoD installations as well as from receiving tuition-assistance funding.
Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, the Airman who helped foil a terrorist attack on a train in France, Aug. 21, arrives at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 3.
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Airman Who Thwarted French Train Attack Stabbed In California
Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans who stopped a terror attack on a train in Belgium, was stabbed four times in Sacramento.
An Army soldier watches as U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jets destroy insurgent positions with a bomb, after a 20-minute gun battle in Kunar province, Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, Aug. 13, 2009.
Community
What It’s Like To Finally Understand The Realities Of War
Sebastian Junger shared the moment he understood what war is like in a recorded story for the Moth.
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Career
Task & Purpose Announces Military And Veterans Writing Fellowship
Join us in our New York City office this Fall for our first fellowship class, enabling writers to explore the modern military.