by Amy Forsythe for Freedom Sisters Magazine

Shayne Meder, a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant from Riverside, Calif., embodies the patriotic and proud spirit of being a vetHERran and continues her service with every new passion project.

“I started doing nose arts in 1987 on B-52’s while stationed at Castle Air Force Base in central California.” Before her retirement in 1994, she was asked to assist the base’s museum and supervise its restoration efforts.

Her career in painting nose and tail art took off when she painted an American flag and Bald Eagle on a B-17 Flying Fortress at…


Amy Forsythe served three tours in Afghanistan (2003, 2013, 2018).

by Amy Forsythe

There’s a reason why Afghanistan is often referred to as the “Graveyard of Empires.” After nearly 20 years, the U.S.-led effort has accepted the hard truth about this region.

I have mixed emotions about recent reports coming out of Afghanistan about the “orderly withdrawal” of U.S. forces. It leaves me wondering did we win, lose or break-even?

I served three tours in Afghanistan: 2003, 2013 and 2018…. Each one was uniquely different and I, along with everyone else, gave it everything we had….mentally, …


by Amy Forsythe, originally published in June 2021 edition of Freedom Sisters Magazine

Theresa Carpenter is an active-duty Navy lieutenant commander where she has served for the past 25 years. Her passions include helping military women succeed and the professional development of the craft of public relations. As an introspective writer, she muses about the human experience for her blog ‘Theresa’s Tapestries’ and she encourages people to give back to their communities through her podcast S.O.S. — Stories of Service.

Theresa writes a blog called ‘Theresa’s Tapestries’ and she encourages people to give back to their communities through her podcast S.O.S. — Stories of Service.

Theresa runs a YouTube channel with her husband where they share their experiences with saving money, DIY projects, traveling, and…


By Amy Forsythe, Public Affairs Officer, MCTSSA

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity hosted a team of design experts who tested the network connectivity of the portable expeditionary fabrication lab, otherwise known as XFAB, on Camp Pendleton, April 5–9, 2021.

The XFAB is a self-contained, transportable additive manufacturing lab that can deploy with battalion-level Marine maintenance units. The 20-by-20-foot shelter is collapsible for easier transport and houses five 3D printers, a laser scanner, a laser cutter and a computer design software system that enables Marines to fabricate replacement and repair parts in an expeditionary environment.

U.S. Marine Cpl. Tyler Anglin from 1st Maintenance Battalion holds a 3D printed universal load stud wrench during a demonstration event at Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, on Camp Pendleton, California, April 5–9, 2021. MCTSSA hosted a team of design experts who tested the network connectivity of the portable expeditionary fabrication lab, a self-contained, transportable additive manufacturing lab that can deploy with battalion-level Marine maintenance units. (Photo by Amy Forsythe, Public Affairs Officer, MCTSSA)

“MCTSSA…


By Amy Forsythe, for Freedom Sisters Magazine (April 2021)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although Women’s History Month is in March, the need to share stories of women who served in the military is a year-round effort. The Women In Military Service For America Memorial launched its National Registration Campaign (NRC) Jan. 12, 2021, to preserve the stories of all three million women who have served in or with the Armed Forces since the American Revolution.

The organization is encouraging all women who served in uniform to register their story free-of-charge here: https://myaccount.womensmemorial.org/nc__createaccount

I initially registered my service story back in 1997…


Senior defense leaders in tech, space and cyber come to Camp Pendleton

by Amy Forsythe, Public Affairs Officer, MCTSSA

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity hosted two dozen distinguished visitors for a day-long familiarization event April 6, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.

Several U.S. Navy and Marine Corps senior leaders in the tech, space and cyber sectors came together to learn more about the mission of MCTSSA, meet engineers and discuss ways to build capacity.

The delegation’s senior member was Jane Rathbun, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Command, Control…


by Amy Forsythe, Public Affairs Officer, Marine Corps Systems Support Activity

Many of the officer billets at Marine Corps Systems Command and Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity are filled with Marines who recently graduated with a master’s degree from Naval Postgraduate School, located in Monterey, California.

When Marines complete their program at NPS, they receive orders to a new command and begin a three-year utilization, or pay-back tour, as part of their four-year commitment for continued military service.

According to Marine Corps Order 1524.1, NPS is the primary source of graduate education for the Navy and Marine Corps. “Its…


How pushing through mistakes helps us prevent making new ones

By Amy Forsythe

I’ve spent many years working as a TV reporter for military and civilian media outlets which forced me to adopt a ‘keep rolling tape’ mentality.

When recording a stand-up or on-camera segment, I would often times stumble on my copy and continue to get frustrated which led to more mistakes. The camera person would have to stop and re-start recording when I was ready to resume causing a delay and more frustration for the camera crew.

I began asking the camera operator to ‘keep rolling tape’ as…


By Amy Forsythe, Freedom Sisters Magazine (January 2021)

U.S. Marine veteran Lizabeth Hartman served nearly four years as an Arabic linguist and now finds herself building a business and establishing a loyal following of other veterans on social media channels.

Hartman currently works as a financial advisor for Edward Jones helping people develop retirement strategies. Prior to that, she was living overseas in Israel and working for the Department of State as a program specialist managing the Middle East Regional Cooperation Program based in Tel Aviv.

Hartman started her journey from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and served as a Leatherneck from…


By Amy Forsythe, Public Affairs Officer, MCTSSA

Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity established the Marine Corps’ first-ever Adversarial Cyber Assessment “Blue Team” on Nov. 10, 2020. “This capability strengthens our acquisition cyber footprint while also enhancing our Corps’ operational cyber resiliency,” said MCTSSA Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Michael Liguori. (Graphic by Amy Forsythe, Public Affairs Officer, MCTSSA)

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, California —

Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity established a Marine Corps Adversarial Cyber Assessment “Blue Team” on Nov. 10, 2020.

This designation is dedicated to support Marine Corps Systems Command’s Programs of Record, which enhances acquisitions cyber test and evaluation capabilities, stated Maj. Gen. M.G. Glavy, commander of Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command, in a memo authorizing the adversarial “Blue Team” designation.

What is a Blue Team?

As part of the U.S. computer security defense initiative, “Red Teams” were developed to exploit other malicious entities that would…

Amy Forsythe

Award-winning digital media content creator. Writer. Author. Speaker. Combat veteran and global traveler.

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