CONTACT Magazine is creating military magazines and news feeds
27

patrons

$208
per month
Thank you for visiting my Patreon page.

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
You can check today's exchange rate here




ABOUT ME
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.


PUNCHLINE:
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.


Sincerely
Brian Hartigan
Managing Editor
[email protected]
or mobile 0408 496 664


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.


Tiers
CONTACT Private
$2 or more per month 7 patrons
As a CONTACT Private, know that rallying behind the long-term survival of your favourite military magazine is very much appreciated.
CONTACT Corporal
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
As a CONTACT Corporal, your leadership inspires us all. 
  • To help with the admin, we'll send you a CONTACT pen.
CONTACT Sergeant
$10 or more per month 9 patrons
As a CONTACT Sergeant, you are obviously an outstanding human being who deserves... 
  • a CONTACT pen
  • an archived CONTACT magazine 4 times per year
  • your rank and name on a patron's page on CONTACT HQ and in the magazine
CONTACT Warrant Officer
$15 or more per month 3 patrons
A CONTACT Warrant Officer's god-like magnetism attracts... 
  • a CONTACT pen
  • an archived CONTACT magazine 4 times per year
  • CONTACT Yearbook 2015 on 1st anniversary of enlistment
  • CONTACT Yearbook 2016 on 2nd anniversary
  • CONTACT Yearbook 2017 on 3rd anniversary
  • your rank and name on a patron's page on CONTACT HQ and in the magazine
CONTACT Lieutenant
$20 or more per month 1 patron
As a CONTACT Lieutenant, you sense greatness, with...
  • a CONTACT pen
  • an archived CONTACT magazine 12 times per year
  • CONTACT Yearbook 2015 on 1st anniversary of enlistment
  • CONTACT Yearbook 2016 on 2nd anniversary
  • CONTACT Yearbook 2017 on 3rd anniversary
  • your rank and name on a patron's page on CONTACT HQ and in the magazine
CONTACT Captain
$30 or more per month 1 patron
As a CONTACT Captain, you begin to see the light, with...
  • your rank, company name and logo on a patron's page in CONTACT magazine
CONTACT Major
$40 or more per month 0 patrons
A CONTACT Major begins to taste some power, with...
  • your rank, company name and logo on the patron's page in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site
CONTACT Lieutenant Colonel
$75 or more per month 0 patrons
As a CONTACT Lieutenant Colonel, you finally taste real power, with...
  • your rank, company name and logo on the patron's page in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site
  • plus a 375x175pixel footer advertisement on every page of the CONTACT web site


This Patreon package is in US$/month. Regular invoice cost = Aus$125/month

CONTACT Colonel
$195 or more per month 0 patrons
As a CONTACT Colonel, you recognise the honour of leadership, with...
  • your rank, company name and logo on the patron's page in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site
  • 375x175pxl footer ad on every page of CONTACT web
  • plus a half-page ad in CONTACT magazine


This Patreon package is in US$/month. Regular invoice cost = Aus$300/month

CONTACT Brigadier
$300 or more per month 0 of 18 patrons
As a CONTACT Brigadier, you're wielding serious power, with...
  • your rank, company name and logo on the patron's page in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site
  • 300x300pxl sidebar ad on every page of CONTACT web
  • plus a full-page ad in CONTACT magazine


This Patreon package is in US$/month. Regular invoice cost = Aus$466/month

CONTACT Major General
$455 or more per month 0 of 9 patrons
As a CONTACT Major General, power is getting to your head...
  • your rank, company name and logo on the patron's page in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site
  • 300x300pxl sidebar ad on every page of CONTACT web
  • plus a double-page ad in CONTACT magazine


This Patreon package is in US$/month. Regular invoice cost = Aus$683/month

CONTACT Lieutenant General
$580 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
As a CONTACT Lieutenant General, you know you've made it, with...
  • your rank, company name and logo on the patron's page in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site
  • 300x300pxl sidebar and 728x90pxl footer ads on every page of CONTACT web
  • 600x150pxl banner ad in CONTACT newsletter
  • double-page ad in CONTACT magazine


This Patreon package is in US$/month. Regular invoice cost = Aus$975/month

CONTACT Chief of the General Staff
$800 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
As the CONTACT Chief of the General Staff, you are the one and only ultimate authority, with...
  • your rank, company name and logo on the patron's page in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site
  • 300x300pxl sidebar + 728x90pxl footer ad on every page of CONTACT web site
  • 600x150pxl banner ad in CONTACT newsletter 
  • double-page ad in CONTACT magazine
  • PLUS 210x50mm strip ad on front cover of CONTACT mag


This Patreon package is in US$/month. Regular invoice cost = Aus$1317/month

Goals
$208 of $290 per month
I had pledged to remove YouTube advertising from the CONTACT YouTube Channel when I reached this goal – but now YouTube has kicked me off their 'monetisation' bandwagon. So, instead of nominating an easy-achieve reward milestone, I thought I'd ask my Patrons what they would like me to do, to celebrate reaching this goal. Have you any suggestions? And, while you are thinking about this, feel free to suggest better milestone markers for my other goals too.
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Thank you for visiting my Patreon page.

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
You can check today's exchange rate here




ABOUT ME
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.


PUNCHLINE:
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.


Sincerely
Brian Hartigan
Managing Editor
[email protected]
or mobile 0408 496 664


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.


Recent posts by CONTACT Magazine

Tiers
CONTACT Private
$2 or more per month 7 patrons
As a CONTACT Private, know that rallying behind the long-term survival of your favourite military magazine is very much appreciated.
CONTACT Corporal
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
As a CONTACT Corporal, your leadership inspires us all. 
  • To help with the admin, we'll send you a CONTACT pen.
CONTACT Sergeant
$10 or more per month 9 patrons
As a CONTACT Sergeant, you are obviously an outstanding human being who deserves... 
  • a CONTACT pen
  • an archived CONTACT magazine 4 times per year
  • your rank and name on a patron's page on CONTACT HQ and in the magazine
CONTACT Warrant Officer
$15 or more per month 3 patrons
A CONTACT Warrant Officer's god-like magnetism attracts... 
  • a CONTACT pen
  • an archived CONTACT magazine 4 times per year
  • CONTACT Yearbook 2015 on 1st anniversary of enlistment
  • CONTACT Yearbook 2016 on 2nd anniversary
  • CONTACT Yearbook 2017 on 3rd anniversary
  • your rank and name on a patron's page on CONTACT HQ and in the magazine
CONTACT Lieutenant
$20 or more per month 1 patron
As a CONTACT Lieutenant, you sense greatness, with...
  • a CONTACT pen
  • an archived CONTACT magazine 12 times per year
  • CONTACT Yearbook 2015 on 1st anniversary of enlistment
  • CONTACT Yearbook 2016 on 2nd anniversary
  • CONTACT Yearbook 2017 on 3rd anniversary
  • your rank and name on a patron's page on CONTACT HQ and in the magazine
CONTACT Captain
$30 or more per month 1 patron
As a CONTACT Captain, you begin to see the light, with...
  • your rank, company name and logo on a patron's page in CONTACT magazine
CONTACT Major
$40 or more per month 0 patrons
A CONTACT Major begins to taste some power, with...
  • your rank, company name and logo on the patron's page in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site
CONTACT Lieutenant Colonel
$75 or more per month 0 patrons
As a CONTACT Lieutenant Colonel, you finally taste real power, with...
  • your rank, company name and logo on the patron's page in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site
  • plus a 375x175pixel footer advertisement on every page of the CONTACT web site


This Patreon package is in US$/month. Regular invoice cost = Aus$125/month

CONTACT Colonel
$195 or more per month 0 patrons
As a CONTACT Colonel, you recognise the honour of leadership, with...
  • your rank, company name and logo on the patron's page in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site
  • 375x175pxl footer ad on every page of CONTACT web
  • plus a half-page ad in CONTACT magazine


This Patreon package is in US$/month. Regular invoice cost = Aus$300/month

CONTACT Brigadier
$300 or more per month 0 of 18 patrons
As a CONTACT Brigadier, you're wielding serious power, with...
  • your rank, company name and logo on the patron's page in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site
  • 300x300pxl sidebar ad on every page of CONTACT web
  • plus a full-page ad in CONTACT magazine


This Patreon package is in US$/month. Regular invoice cost = Aus$466/month

CONTACT Major General
$455 or more per month 0 of 9 patrons
As a CONTACT Major General, power is getting to your head...
  • your rank, company name and logo on the patron's page in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site
  • 300x300pxl sidebar ad on every page of CONTACT web
  • plus a double-page ad in CONTACT magazine


This Patreon package is in US$/month. Regular invoice cost = Aus$683/month

CONTACT Lieutenant General
$580 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
As a CONTACT Lieutenant General, you know you've made it, with...
  • your rank, company name and logo on the patron's page in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site
  • 300x300pxl sidebar and 728x90pxl footer ads on every page of CONTACT web
  • 600x150pxl banner ad in CONTACT newsletter
  • double-page ad in CONTACT magazine


This Patreon package is in US$/month. Regular invoice cost = Aus$975/month

CONTACT Chief of the General Staff
$800 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
As the CONTACT Chief of the General Staff, you are the one and only ultimate authority, with...
  • your rank, company name and logo on the patron's page in CONTACT magazine and on CONTACT web site
  • 300x300pxl sidebar + 728x90pxl footer ad on every page of CONTACT web site
  • 600x150pxl banner ad in CONTACT newsletter 
  • double-page ad in CONTACT magazine
  • PLUS 210x50mm strip ad on front cover of CONTACT mag


This Patreon package is in US$/month. Regular invoice cost = Aus$1317/month