Eric Brandner is the USO’s Director of Story Development. He joined the USO after seven years on the D.C. military news scene, leaving his post as Assistant Managing Editor for News at Stars and Stripes just as his first gray hairs were coming in. In his past reporting life, he (1) got lectured by Joe Paterno, (2) witnessed a lot of mediocre NBA games and (3) ate too much press box food (he loves a free cookie). When he’s not working, he enjoys watching soccer, going on vacation and hanging out with his wonderful wife and their two dogs (one of which is plotting against him right now).
Joseph Andrew Lee joined the USO in August 2010 as Staff Writer. Lee is an award-winning writer with more than 10 years experience, including two tours on active duty as a U.S. Marine Corps combat correspondent. His active duty awards include the Meritorious Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and the Overseas Service Medal with bronze star. A graduate of Excelsior College, University of the State of New York, he obtained a bachelor of science in photojournalism while on active duty and was awarded first place in the Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Merit Awards in 2005 for his editorial work.
Sarah Camille Hipp is a Communications Specialist for the USO who focuses on internal communications. Growing up with a father in the army, Sarah Camille was thrilled to start her professional career at the the USO in 2011. She earned a Communication Studies degree from Clemson University and enjoys visiting her alma mater to root for the Tigers! In her free time, Sarah Camille loves outdoor adventures, walking her Bichon, shopping, and going on road trips, especially ones that end at the beach. While she tries to be healthy, her biggest weakness is Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, and to be honest, anything sweet! You can follow her on twitter @SarahCamille22.
Sandi Moynihan joined the USO as a Multimedia Journalist in April 2014. Prior to working for the USO, Sandi was a video producer and editor at PostTV, the Washington Post’s video department. Sandi, a former Division 1 student-athlete, graduated from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication. When she’s not running around with her camera, or snapping photos to Instagram, Sandi loves to spend her free time playing sports, giggling with her friends, and concocting treats in the kitchen. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @sandimoynihan.