SSgt Joe Chenelly

SSgt Joe Chenelly

Dates of Service: May 1998 - Apr 2004
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  • Pvt Aug 98
  • PFC
  • LCpl
  • Cpl
  • Sgt
  • SSgt Nov 03

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The head of AMVETS, the nation's fouth largest veterans service organization, representing all who have served honorably. More than 18 years of experience in marketing, communications, corporate and nonprofit development, management, and community engagement at local, regional and national levels. The national executive director of AMVETS. The first U.S. Marine combat correspondent to step into enemy territory after September 11, 2001, documenting American military action and providing it for broadcast throughout the international media. On the ground for the start of both OEF & OIF. Named one of the 100 "most influential journalists covering armed violence" in October 2013. Formerly assistant national director of communications for Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Washington, D.C.

Military Experiences

1st Marines
Combat Correspondent
Part of the first U.S. ground force to enter Afghanistan, the first to provide combat footage of Operation Enduring Freedom, the first to report from inside a coalition detention facility in Afghanistan, first to report an Iraqi man had given American forces information about where U.S. Army prisoner of war Pfc. Jessica Lynch was being held, the the first to report the other POWs were rescued.


(1 year, 9 months)
Dec 2002 - Aug 2003
Iraq ribbon
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Deployed from Camp Pensdleton to Camp Commando in Kuwait. Staged and trained there until the invasion of Iraq. Part of the Marine's main effort up the middle of Iraq under General Mattis.
Jul 2001 - Jun 2002
Afghanistan ribbon
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) - Afghanistan
Forward deployed when 9/11 occurred. Went directly to Pakistan and then part of the first wave in the 400-mile amphibious landing in Afghanistan. Spent the next several months seizing locations in the Kandahar region, including the airport. Based in the USS Peleliu (LHA-5).

Military Credentials

Professional Development Schools
Individual & Special Skill Schools

Feb 2001 - Jul 2001

Security Clearance

Academic Degrees