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Speakers | Matthew Callahan & Austin Rooney


Matthew Callahan made history this year by being named as both the Military Videographer of the Year and Military Photographer of the year. Callahan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in July 2009 as an infantry Marine and made a lateral move to the Communication Strategy and Operations (formerly public affairs) career field in 2013. Callahan was accepted into the DoD AVI program where he served as a student at Newhouse School of Public Communication, Syracuse University, New York from Sept. 2015 to May
2016 . Upon completion of The DoD AVI program, Sgt. Callahan made a PCS to II Marine Expeditionary Force in July, 2016. Once there, we was assigned temporary assigned duty to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and deployed to USCENTCOM from March to October 2017. While on deployment, Callahan supported Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria. He has since exited the Marine Corps and lives with his wife in Fayetteville, North Carolina.



Austin Rooney is a producer and videographer working for the Navy’s All Hands Magazine. Austin was born in Bonn, Germany, and joined the Navy as a Mass Communication Specialist where he deployed aboard USS Enterprise. After the Navy, he travelled covering natural disasters for Operation Blessing International before leaving to work for the Navy again as a civilian. He has travelled the world shooting video, and his awards include Navy Journalist of the Year 2010 and 2012, DOD Civilian Videographer of the Year 2017, and 4 Emmy nominations.