Joe LaFave served as staff writer from 2019 to 2020.
Prior to NGAUS, he wrote for The Journal in Martinsburg, West Virginia
A native of Cocoa Beach, Florida, and a graduate of Florida State University, LaFave took an indirect path into journalism.
An avid reader and lover of nonfiction, LaFave said he was inspired to be a writer to help tell stories that don’t always get the attention they deserve. He previously wrote for the Shreveport News in Louisiana, The Daily Caller and NEWSREP.
It was in Louisiana that LaFave had his first interactions with the National Guard. He wrote about a spur ride undertaken by the 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry, in 2017 and, at the end of the day, committed himself to keep telling the unit’s story.