James Lechner served in the US Army for 27 years and participated in eight operational deployments, including Somalia with Task Force Ranger, as well as the Sinai, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to this, Jim has advised the NSC at the White House and served numerous tours at the CIA. Since his retirement from the US military in 2011, Jim has served in Afghanistan as a counter-insurgency advisor as well as providing support for other US government efforts. He holds a master’s degree in history, serves on the board of directors of the New York Warrior Alliance, the Big Red Barn Veterans Retreat Center and various other veterans’ charities and is currently a television war correspondent for Newsmax covering the war in Ukraine. Jim lives with his wife, Beth, in Chapin, South Carolina.