Brian Adam Jones is the Co-Founder and Editor-at-Large of Task & Purpose. From November 2013 until February 2017, Brian was Task & Purpose’s founding Editor-in-Chief. Over the past three years, Brian and his team built Task & Purpose from conception into a respected and recognized platform with over 4 million monthly pageviews.
Brian is a political partner with the Truman National Security Project, and serves as the co-director for the organization’s New York chapter. He is pursuing his Bachelor ’s degree in political science at Columbia University on his G.I. Bill, and completed his degree in the 2016 Fall semester.
He previously served as the president of the U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University, the largest student veteran organization in the Ivy League. For his work with student veterans, Brian was named the 2016 Student Veteran of the Year by Student Veterans of America at the organization’s national conference in Orlando, Florida.
Brian began his career as an enlisted Combat Correspondent in the United States Marine Corps. He was named the Marine Corps Print Journalist of the Year in 2010 and 2011. His awards and decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Afghan Campaign Medal.
As a 22-year-old Marine Corporal, Brian was the senior staff writer on a four-man team conducting public affairs work for aviation operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Brian was named one of 25 veterans poised to make an impact in 2015 by We Are The Mighty, and was selected as a journalism fellow at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. He was named one of the top 100 influential personalities on veterans issues by Hillvets. Brian’s work has appeared in or been cited by Business Insider, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, the New York Times, CBS News, and MSNBC.
The opinions stated in his work are his alone.
Navy SEALs love telling war stories, and to be fair, they’re pretty great at it. The latest comes fromAndy Stumpf, a 17-year Navy SEAL veteran and jumpmaster who is theworld record holder for longest distance traversed in a wingsuit (18 miles?!).
As the United States wages a protracted war in Afghanistan and a 16-year-long Global War on Terror that has received renewed commitments from President Donald Trump,the Los Angeles Times has highlighted a stunning reality in a new profile published May 25: More than half of the American combat fatalities since 2015 have befallen service members assigned to U.S. special operations units.
Tragedy struck New York City May 18 when a Bronx man barreled his Honda sedan into a crowded sidewalk in New York’s Times Square, killing Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old woman visiting New York from Michigan, and wounding 20 other pedestrians. The man, 26-year-old Richard Rojas, was apprehended at the scene and has been charged with murder and 20 counts of attempted murder.