About the Author
Robert O’Dowd is a Marine veteran of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA. He served 52 months on active duty with the 1st, 3rd and 4th Marine Aircraft Wings in 1960s. After honorable discharge and graduation from Temple University, Robert worked in a series of accounting and financial management positions with the federal government, including the EPA Office of Inspector General and the Defense Logistics Agency. At El Toro, Robert was assigned to the most environmentally contaminated air group on the base. At El Toro for 20 months, he worked and slept on duty watch in a Radium 226 contaminated work space in Hangar 296. In 2008, he teamed up with Tim King of Salem-News.com to write about the environmental contamination at El Toro and Camp Lejeune. Robert is also a columnist for Veterans Today, a two time cancer survivor and disabled Marine veteran. You can write Robert O’Dowd at email@example.com. Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the West Coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news website. You can email Tim at: firstname.lastname@example.org.