NGAUS has a new member of its communications department.
Jennifer Hickey is the association’s new digital content manager.
Her duties include developing content for the NGAUS website and managing the association’s social media presence.
Hickey says she’s looking forward to learning more about the National Guard. She comes with some familiarity from her time at the Reserve Organization of America in 2007 and 2008.
“I want to learn about what it does and how it impacts the overall mission, the protection of the country, its role and its future,” she said.
Hickey is also an avid marathon runner. She started running marathons for veterans who've committed suicide in 2015. She has run over 232 marathons, with more than 200 dedicated to fallen service members.
“It’s a way to give back and a way to remind the families of those who served that we have not forgotten them,” she said.
She ran the 2022 Boston Marathon for Tyler Reeb, a U.S. Marine who died in 2019.
Hickey met Reeb’s family through the Travis Manion Foundation, which develops programs, training opportunities and events designed to empower veterans and families of fallen service members.
She said Reeb’s father, Michael, drove to the marathon to support her.
“He drove overnight and stayed all day for the marathon,” she said. “It was just fantastic.”
Hickey is planning to run in the San Francisco Marathon in July and the New York City Marathon in November. In each race, she will run for a fallen Guardsmen from that state.
Hickey said she has always wanted to serve in the military. She feels the marathons and working at NGAUS will help do that.
“Vision-wise, I was unable to serve in the military,” Hickey said. “I have always had an interest [in the military]. This was a position that matched my career experience and interest in the military.”
Hickey came to NGAUS after serving as the digital content and social media manager for a nonprofit foundation in Washington, D.C.
“It was my first dive into social media, so it was a learning experience,” she said. “It gave me a broader understanding of how important content is to the website, to social media and to the growth of an organization.”
She also served as a staff writer for the Washington Times and Insight Magazine, a freelance reporter at Fox News, a communications consultant for the Federal Reserve Board and communications director for Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla.
Hickey has a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
She resides in Washington, D.C.