The team at Frontlines of Freedom is made up of military, academic and broadcasting professionals, who work together to make this unique show as informative and polished as possible.
Lt. Col. Denny Gillem, US Army (Ret.) – Host
“Colonel Gillem” is a highly decorated Airborne Ranger who was awarded two Purple Hearts and seven awards for Valor, while serving two tours in Vietnam. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY (Go Army!) and also served as a Mideast War Planner.
While serving as an Army Advisor to the Michigan Army National Guard, Denny and wife Marilyn fell in love with Western Michigan. Denny concluded his 22 year career as an infantryman and the family settled in the Grand Rapids area. Since then, Denny has worked in sales, leadership, and academic positions, where he still teaches today.
Denny’s vision for Frontlines of Freedom is to focus on the brave Americans who have and are defending our freedom. He drives home the fact, in every show, that freedom is not free, rather, the price is paid by the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, who serve in harm’s way.
Skip Coryell, Co-Host
Skip Coryell lives with his wife and children in Michigan. Skip is the author of nine books including Blood in the Streets: Concealed Carry and the OK Corral, RKBA: Defending the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, The God Virus, and We Hold These Truths. He is the founder of The Second Amendment March and the President of White Feather Press. He is an avid hunter and sportsman, and a Marine Corps veteran. To contact Skip, or for details on his latest writings a projects, visit his website at skipcoryell.com.
Josh Leng, Executive Producer & Contributor
Josh has an extensive background in radio broadcasting, programming and syndication, having worked at talk radio stations in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Tucson and Grand Rapids. While stationed in Los Angeles, Josh had the opportunity to produce The Capt Dale Dye Show, a military talk show on one of the largest talk radio stations in America, KFI AM 640. This experience inspired Josh to create Frontlines of Freedom with Denny following his USAF service.
Josh is the Owner & CEO of Talk Media Network, a talk radio syndication and consulting company. For information on becoming an affiliate of Frontlines of Freedom, contact Josh at: 616-884-8616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ambassador John Bolton, Foreign Policy & National Security Expert
Former Ambassador to the United Nations for the United States, John Bolton is one of the most knowledgeable in the world when it comes to foreign policy and national security. Amb. Bolton joins us about once every quarter to discuss specific defense issues, international threats, and the stability or instability of particular states, regimes and geographic regions. Amb. Bolton is now a Senior Fellow at American Enterprise Institute, specializing in U.S. foreign and national security policy.
Concerned Veterans for America
Various CVA leaders. Check out concernedveteransforamerica.org.
Roland Ashby, Contributor
Roland Ashby is a Chief Warrant Officer and 22 year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He served on active duty for four years in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, managing the Coast Guard’s RAID Team (Redeployment Assistance and Inspection Detachment) in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. Roland has also served as a Search and Rescue boat coxswain on the Great Lakes and Puerto Rico.
Roland has a civilian background of over 20 years in sales and marketing, including owning and managing a commercial printing company and business development for a national software company. Roland earned his pilot certifications through the U.S. Air Force Flight Training Center at Langley Air Force Base and now shares his passion for aviation as an Aircraft Broker and a volunteer mission pilot with Civil Air Patrol.
Craig Gray, Self Defense Expert
Craig Gray is a businessman, consultant, speaker, instructor, and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for numerous law enforcement agencies as well as Frontlines of Freedom. Craig is responsible for creating the MCOLES (Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards) approved Krav Maga Self Defense for Law Enforcement Training Program. Craig is also a certified Krav Maga instructor with Israeli Krav International. As one of the leading (IKI) Krav Maga tactical instructors in the country he is one of only three teachers in the United States able to award rank in the system. Krav Maga is the official hand to hand / hand to weapon close quarter defensive tactics taught to Israeli military and law enforcement agencies.
Sheryl Carter, Military Family Specialist
Sheryl Carter is a military wife and mother of four children. Her husband, David, has been in the US Navy since he graduated from high school. Sheryl has been part of the reserves since 1990. Sheryl joined Frontlines of Freedom in 2007 and has helped us keep track of the opportunities for military families.
Michael D. Edwards, Military Christian Outreach
Michael Edwards is the director of Communications and Publisher for Officers’ Christian Fellowship of the USA, in Englewood, Colorado. In 1999 he moved to Denver from Dallas, Texas, where he had been editor and public relations director for Dallas Theological Seminary since 1987. As a sergeant in the United States Air Force, Michael served as an editor at the National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, and as an electronic emissions specialist at Shemya Air Force Base, Alaska. Upon completion of his military duty, he moved to Houston, Texas, where he worked as a technical writer for Pennzoil Company from 1975 to 1980. He moved from Houston to Tyler, Texas, to become the public relations director for Pine Cove Conference Center.
With an avid interest in publishing, Michael led the OCF editorial team to produce Out of the Valley, the biography of Lieutenant Jonathan C. Shine, an OCF member who was killed in action in Vietnam. The amazing life story of Lieutenant Shine continues to inspire cadets and midshipmen.
Dr. James Smither, Library of Congress Veteran’s History Project
Dr. James Smither, Director of the Grand Valley State University Veterans History Project, has been teaching history at Grand Valley since 1990. He studied medieval and early modern European history at the University of Chicago and at Brown University, and wrote a dissertation at Brown on the use of political propaganda in the French Wars of Religion in the Sixteenth Century. He has had an active interest in military history in general for as far back as he can remember, and designed and teaches a popular course on the History of Warfare at Grand Valley that attracts students from across campus.
Dr. Smither first became involved with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project in 2003. Together with documentary filmmaker Frank Boring, he produced a documentary entitled Nightmare in New Guinea, which was based on oral history interviews with men from West Michigan who served in the 32nd “Red Arrow” Division in the Pacific during World War II. Much of the work on the documentary was done by Grand Valley students, and the documentary was first aired on WGVU television (the PBS affiliate in Grand Rapids) in 2006. After the completion of the documentary, and of his six-year sentence as department chair, Dr. Smither established the GVSU Veterans History Project. He works with a growing network of GVSU students and faculty, museums, libraries, historical societies, schools and veterans’ organizations to conduct and archive oral history interviews to be archived on their project website (www.gvsu.edu/vethistory) and with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Behind the Scenes:
Jill Cook is the Publisher of Frontlines of Freedom’s bi-weekly e-newsletter. To sign up for our newsletter, scroll up near the top of this page, the sign up is located in the right side column.
Michael Breimayer is the Production Director for Frontlines of Freedom. Not only does he uphold the highest quality standards for our on air product, but he makes sure to give us advice along the way so we get better every week.
Michael has more than a decade of radio experience and previously held the rank of Assistant Program Director at WOOD Radio.