I am Brian Hartigan, Editor of CONTACT Air Land & Sea, a military news and features publisher based in New South Wales, Australia.
Below you will find a more detailed description of CONTACT – but before you get to that, I would like to thank you most sincerely for at least thinking about supporting what I do by becoming a CONTACT Patron.
PLEASE NOTE – ALL PLEDGES HERE ARE IN US DOLLARS
So, please choose your commitment carefully.
Patreon, in case you don't know, is a platform where you can become a patron or supporter of creators like me – kind of like an ongoing 'kick-starter'. Your patronage will help support me to continue doing what I do, and hopefully give me the financial freedom to do even more of what you may have come here to support.
With your patronage, CONTACT could potentially blossom from being a loss-making 'hobby', to a viable business that pays me a fair return for my efforts – and cement its own long-term viability and sustainability in the process.
If you love CONTACT and want it to stick around – and even get bigger and better, then please consider becoming a patron. While the cash injection will be most welcome and is very important for all the usual financial reasons – the implied vote of confidence and support in your patronage is worth a lot to me too.
I'm not looking to get rich off this. If I reach just half of my final year's wage in Defence I'd be very very happy.
And, if you help me to hit my ultimate goal, I promise I will start printing magazines again!
AGAIN – PLEASE NOTE – ALL PLEDGES ARE IN US DOLLARS
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As a young man, I worked as a dairy farmer, car washer, furniture removalist, taxi driver, lawnmower and Bobcat driver.
I joined the Australian Army at age 28 in 1990 and served almost 12 years full time, first as an Aircraft Fitter (helicopter mechanic) for 7 years and then as a reporter at ARMY Newspaper for 5 years. I made Sergeant before transferring to the Army Reserve in 2002, and still serve today.
After leaving the full-time Army, I got a job straight away with the Australian Federal Police as editor of their professional police journal, Platypus, and as their first ever PR photographer.
I stayed with the AFP for 5 years during which time I started CONTACT magazine, with the assistance of one partner (no longer involved), as a sideline to what was a pretty full-on day job.
If you want to know why we both felt compelled to launch the independent CONTACT, read that story here.
After the AFP and a short stint trying to make CONTACT viable as a full-time gig, I went back to Defence as a civilian for four more years, moving around from Editor RAAF Newspaper to Chief of Staff Army Newspaper and finally Media Operations Officer in Defence HQ.
I have now worked full time on CONTACT since 2012, which allows me to devote much more brainspace to it – though I have to confess that, as a business, it still does not pay me a wage. In fact, it barely covers its own costs.
Therefore, without significant improvement in CONTACT's finances, the pressure to "get a real job" again is ever-present. In fact I have been trying – 15 applications in the past 12 months, with no luck. Which is lucky for CONTACT, because, at this stage of my life, if I did get a 'real job', it would surely mean a serious slow-down or even closure for CONTACT.
So, I hope you appreciate that your patronage, no matter how small, could have a significant impact on CONTACT's future – and I will be eternally grateful for your support.
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P.S. I am on the high side of 50 years old, married to Rosie, with two adult daughters and one granddaughter. My wife and I both speak with remnants of Irish accents, but we’ve lived in Australia longer than we lived over there.
We now live in a stunningly beautiful, beach-side tourist/fishing town – Kiama, NSW.
Watch some drone footage I've shot around our town, here.
CONTACT Air Land & Sea is a boots-on-the-ground military platform dedicated to presenting stories, photos and video that capture the essence of serving-members’ lives, as far as possible in their own words.
CONTACT Air Land & Sea web site is our internet-based headquarters where we publish daily news and other interesting, related items. We also use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube as ’embassies’ where we engage our audience, inviting them back to our headquarters. This site attracts more than 200,000 page views by more than 40,000 unique visitors per month (average from 1 Jan to 1 Oct 2017).
CONTACT Air Land & Sea newsletter is a free fortnightly email that draws attention to recent news stories. Its intent is to bring readers the best of the previous fortnight in a handy-reference format, linking back to the original story in our headquarters (web site) – and updating subsequent developments to older stories. The newsletter is sent to more than 10,000 registered email addresses (subscribe FREE here).
CONTACT Air Land & Sea magazine is a high-quality, full-colour, features-based magazine published four times per year and archived here. Initially launched in March 2004 as a traditional paper-based magazine, it switched to digital in 2013 after printing 40 issues. It is now only available by FREE subscription and sent to the same 10,000+ email subscribers.
COMBAT Camera is a high-quality, full-colour, photo-essay-based magazine published on an ad hoc basis, usually as a single-subject feature. This magazine is distributed to the same subscriber base and is also archived here.