Eric Minton

Writer | Editor 
Project Manager 

Project Management

The difference between a "managing editor" and a "project manager" in my canon of work has always been a subtle one. The former is an ongoing assigned role; the latter is managing one-off "special projects" as a writer or editor. Besides, the definition of project management includes so many non-journalism jobs, such as building buildings, organizing organizations, and managing emergency maintenance for a fleet of U.S. Air Force aircraft, as well as editor for a congressionally chartered national commission. I decided, therefore, that fuller accuracy required my identifying myself specifically as an "Editorial Project Manager."
Then Camp Legacy happened.


  • From my mother, I learned planning and organization. She provided a perfectly ordered home in the seven locations the Air Force sent us.
  • From my father, I learned devotion to duty and intellectual pursuits. He applied those standards to two successful careers, as an Air Force chaplain and a physician assistant.
  • From my wife, I learned people and organizational management and the qualities of leadership. She achieved colonel in the Air Force by simultaneously serving the mission and the people under her command.
  • From my middle school English teacher, Mr. Thomas, my high school biology teacher, Mr. Burns, and my University of Missouri magazine editing and semantics professor, Dr. Ranley, I learned the pursuit of excellence. No easy A's in their classes.
  • From covering the amusement industry, I learned about "triple redundancy." I turned what keeps people safe on thrill rides into a management principle.
  • From living in and covering the military, I learned about second-, third-, and fourth-order consequences. Prescience can never be overvalued.
  • From in-depth reporting for expository articles and interviewing subjects for profiles, I learned the value of honesty and a genial personality. Those qualities help you win and keep a great life partner, too.

All of these are foundational principles in my approach to special projects, be they special edition magazines, national commission reports, or large-scale, three-day exhibitions on the National Mall.

"Welcome Home!" Camp Legacy Mayor

United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration 

May 11-13, 2023

Vietnam War Commemoration "Welcome Home" poster of older hand holding child's hand in front of the Vietnam wall; below are architectural renderings of Camp Legacy-JFK Hockey Fields and Camp Legacy-West Potomac Park,
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The Vietnam War Commemoration, chartered by Congress in 2008 and stood up by President Barack Obama in 2012 as an office under the Secretary of Defense, has a mission to use the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War to thank and honor all Vietnam-era Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice during the period from 1 November 1955 to 15 May 1975. A centerpiece effort was "Welcome Home! A Nation Honors Our Vietnam Veterans and their Families" 11-13 May 2023, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The operation included a major multimedia concert, ceremonies, and a "historical walkway" with museum-calibre displays and various associations' and services' participation. I was hired in April 2022 to use my magazine writing talents and associations experience to build partnerships and promote "Welcome Home!" I was working with the Commemoration's new public engagement branch chief, Navy Commander Brian Wierzbicki, to launch the publicity campaign when circumstances forced the two of us into a new role: leading the team to build the "historical walkway," which we christened Camp Legacy.

We had just over eight months to accomplish our mission. Except for my experience working trade shows and how amusement parks interact with their audiences, neither of us had hands-on experience with such a task. While dealing with National Park Service turf restrictions and Department of Defense regulatory limits, we planned Camp Legacy, recruited participation, and, with valuable assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, oversaw the contract for its construction and operation. On the JFK Hockey fields adjacent to the Reflecting Pool between the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial, and across Independence Avenue in West Potomac Park, we built two sites of tents housing 98 exhibitors as well two venues for 26 performers and educational programs. I was appointed the Mayor of Camp Legacy, overseeing all operations during the event. I also organized a ceremony at Nationals Park honoring Vietnam Veterans, Gold Star Families, Donut Dollies, and Vietnam Veteran Nurses (for International Nurses Day) before the Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets Major League Baseball Game.

Vietnam veteran helicopter pilotes lined up in front of a huey on Camp Legacy.The finale of the "Welcome Home" concert on a large outdoor stage at West Potomac ParkAn active duty soldier shakes the hand of a Vietnam veteran at the West Potomac Park outdoor stageNationals mascot Screech and AUSA mascot Sgt. Hero at Camp LegacyNavy Commander in white uniform puts a Vietnam Veterans Lapel Pin on a Vietnam Veteran at Nationals Park  

The key to our success was building a collaborative community among the exhibitors through planning summits and personal communications. Any problems that arose, our exhibitors rose to meet the challenges as a cohesive force. Welcome Home! and Camp Legacy were considered great success by all those involved, and I was awarded my second Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

"Mr. Minton's resolute initative, superior professional skills, and tireless efforts produced the unprecedented success of the three-day 'Welcome Home! A Nation Honors our Vietnam Veterans and Their Famlies' event. ... His countless hours of research and preparation for this event resulted in over 3,000 of our Nation's Vietnam Veterans and their families receiving the thanks and honor they rightfully deserve for their service and sacrifice."
— Citation for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service

National Commission Editor

  • Herded each commissions' final report from composition to publication.
  • Documented the commissioners' activities and deliberations to create a final report with a consistent voice representing all members of the Commission.
  • Built consensus among commissioners on structure, themes, and narrative tone.
  • Provided and coordinated written contributions to the report and edited all content.
  • Oversaw design, layout, content proofing, procurement of printer, and press proofs.
  • Designed and managed each commissions' website.
  • Participated in site visits to military installations and commercial enterprises, conducting and documenting meetings.

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For my work on the National Commision on the Future of the Army, I was awarded my first Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for "exemplary leadership, commitment, and managerial ability."


Lt.Gen Dennis McCarthy (USMC, retired), who had been my boss at the Reserve Officers Assocation, was chairman of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force and hired me to be the editor. My title was Chief of Outreach: In addition to being the report's editor and managing its production, I wrote press releases and articles, produced the media kit, and edited Commission correspondence to members of Congress and media outlets. With just 10 months from formation to Congressional deadline, we endured hiring delays, forced time off due to a federal budget-cutting program called "Sequestration," and a government shutdown. We still made our deadline.

"Eric comes through again."
— The Honorable Dennis M. McCarthy, Chairman, National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force,
in an emai to staff leadership    

Writing For a Live Audience

Off Duty Welcome to Britain Guide with photo of Tower Bridge, spotlighted in a purple sky. Click Here for PDFMy first opportunity to edit a special edition magazine came when Off Duty/Europe assigned me to develop the publisher's first Welcome to Britain guide in 1989. They already had produced such guides for other European locales, and though I used those as my template, my supervising editor left the content up to me. My first hurdle was determining my audience. The publication was targeted to American service members. Being the spouse of an Air Force officer then stationed in England, I had friends who loved exploring the region and indulging in its culture. For every one of those, however, quadruples more weren't so adventurous in a foreign country, and when they did wander forth, they searched out back-home favorites, like McDonald's and cinemas. Even pubs didn't fit in their comfort zone.

The Off Duty Welcome to Britain guide had to serve both audiences. I came up with a writer's trick by selecting a friend of mine, a captain, who loved exploring local cultures on her assignments, and a ubiquitous young enlisted service member who would stay on the military installation every weekend. I imagined both were standing behind me as I planned the content and wrote the copy; she watched over my right shoulder, he watched over my left. I concentrated on writing in a way that kept both engaged, giving her more ideas for exploration, convincing him to expand his experiences one small step at a time. While the technique kept me constantly attuned to the guide's prospective audiences, I also discovered that my prose had more instant energy, as if I were performing to a live audience with my words,

Profile of the U.S. Army: a reference handbook 2005, with graphic image of helmeted solder ona background of writing. Click here for PDF.The over-my-shoulder muse became a standard writing technique for me, but 15 years later another special editorial project required an even more diverse audience pairing. The Association of the U.S. Army assigned me to write and edit a complete overhaul of their Profile of the U.S. Army. The book was handed out to new recruits; it also was provided to the Air Force's Air War College. That's an audience ranging from young Army spouses, many still learning English let alone how the U.S. government is structured, to colonels, many with master's degrees. Our prose and graphics needed to be intelligently presented but simple to understand. 

Special Projects

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Cover of Off Duty National Guard and Reserves issue with photos of a soldier who is a mailman in civilian life. Waving flag is backdrop. Link to PDF

Off Duty National Guard & Reserves
October 1992

Off Duty targeted the U.S. military's Reserve Components as an untapped advertising market by publishing a special issue devoted to the National Guard and Reserves. I was assigned to develop all the content, approaching it as a summary of Reserve Component duty, benefits, and conditions.

Cover of Off Duty National Guard & Reserve magazin, with photo of three people fishing in a canoe on a lake. Link to PDF

Off Duty National Guard & Reserve
Fall 1995

With the success of its inaugural National Guard & Reserves edition, Off Duty continued it as a semiannual magazine. In 1995, the editor wanted an issue highlighting benefits available to Reserve Component families. I suggested a "Best of..." format of profiles exemplifying each benefit.

Cover of Michigan Travel Ideas with photo of a sailboat floating past a red lighthouse. Link to PDF

Midwest Living
Michigan Travel Ideas


 I twice served six-week stints as an interim associate editor at Midwest Living in Des Moines, Iowa, filling in for staff on medical leave. This established an ongoing contributor relationship as both writer and project editor. I provided the ideas and content for this Michigan travel guide's "Things to See & Do" section.

Cover of Ready, Willing & Available. Link to PDF

Ready Willing & Available:
A business guide to improving your workforce by hiring people with disabilities

While servng on The President's Committee on Employment of People With Disabilities, I was Chairman of The Outreach to Small and Medium Business Product Team. I managed this booklet's production and edited its contents.

A Special Special Project

A white mug with a gold-sketch of an owl's upper head and underneath the slogan "Eye in the Sky"When my wife, Sarah, was Commander, 93rd Maintenance Squadron, at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, as her spouse I took responsibility for managing a community network for all of the squadron's family members. This was her first command, and while I was not required to perform in any duty capacity for the squadron, I readily volunteered to do so, especially having written so many articles for Off Duty about the necessity for such family support efforts. In that role, I published a newsletter that I mailed directly to the families. Sarah and I covered all costs, including postage. I named it "Owl Eyes" for the squadron's mascot, the 93rd's aircraft being the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or Joint STARS, the "Eye in the Sky." My newsletter provided updates on unit actiities, family services resources, members' promotions, and squadron social events. You can see the final edition of "Owl Eyes" by clicking on Sarah's Eye on the Sky mug.

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