Greg E. Mathieson Sr.
Greg Mathieson is as comfortable working in war zones as he is at the White House. For more than 30 years, he has chronicled the epic lives of our heroic men and women in uniform, our star crossed national celebrities and the media focused often chaotic lives of those who make the decisions on American policy.
Born and raised in Glen Cove, Long Island, this 11 year U.S. Army veteran’s stellar reputation has allowed him to repeatedly cross the line working for hard news organizations as well as the Federal government with equal objectivity. From intimate portraits of the famous to the private lives of the powerful, rich and infamous
Few photographers working today have covered as many traumatic current events, political watersheds, cultural and historical milestones as Mathieson. Since establishing his agency, MAI Photo News Agency in 1981, Mathieson has been called on by such agencies as the U.S. Secret Service, FEMA, The US Justice Department and the military services to create images that capture the core values of those agencies in service to the American people. His editorial images have appeared on the covers of Life, Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, The New York Times, Paris Match and thousands more around the globe; in over 64 countries.
And Mathieson is not only well known in the corridors of political power and the halls of the Pentagon. This veteran of the Vietnam era has used his deep knowledge of the American military during exploits, from the jungles of Panama and Honduras, to the ocean seas, to the Korean DMZ and the Wars in the Persian Gulf, including Desert Storm and the invasion of Iraq. He is highly experienced on the front lines having spent 15 years going in and out of Iraq, for months a time, depicting the difficult struggle of the Kurdish and Iraqi people. He lived with the Contra Rebels on the jungle boarders of Nicaragua fighting the Sandinista and was the first into Kuwait City, recording the first U.S. Marines entering the city, pushing out the Iraqi Army during Desert Storm and a few years later on the snow covered shores of the Sava River as first U.S. M1 tanks crossed into Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Dave Gatley has been a professional photographer for over 35 years and former Chief Photographer with the Los Angeles Times. He had been with the Los Angeles Times for 18 years, and a freelance commercial / editorial photographer for 17 years. Prior to being coming a photographer, Dave worked as a senior Computer Programmer/Analyst with The RAND Corporation; specializing in military logistics, weapon systems and large databases.
Dave has primarily covered the Southwest U.S., and around the world for publications and commercial corporations like: AMEX, Barron’s, Bloomberg, Forbes, George, Insight, Life, Newsweek, People, Reader’s Digest, Time, Dallas Morning News, Newsday, Pittsburgh Post, NY Daily News, NY Times, USA Today, CBS News and “60 Minutes, General Dynamics, ITT, Lockheed, Motorola, NBC “Dateline”, National Education Association (NEA). Nominated three times for a Pulitzer Prize, and once a finalist, Nationally and locally recognized as an award winning photojournalist, he has been published in most U.S. and foreign publications, newspapers and magazines. Dave continues to document, though MAI, on law enforcement and military activities for both corporate and US Government contracts.
Rear Admiral [SEAL] George Worthington, USN [Ret.]
Rear Admiral George R. Worthington was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and was commissioned from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1961. His initial tour of duty was in destroyers with an early staff tour as Aide-de-Camp and Flag Lieutenant for a Flotilla Commander. He applied for Underwater Demolition Team training and graduated with Class 36 in December 1965.
Following graduation he served as operations and executive officer in Underwater Demolition Team ELEVEN, completing two combat deployments to Vietnam. He graduated from the Naval Destroyer School Department Head course and served as operations officer in USS STRONG (DD-768). He was later assigned to Naval Special Warfare commands and served a year in Saigon on the Naval Special Warfare Group (Vietnam). School tours followed at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College and National War College.
Worthington served command tours commensurate with rank with SEAL Team ONE, Inshore Undersea Warfare Group ONE, operating the Navy marine mammal program, and Naval Special Warfare Group ONE, responsible for west coast SEAL Teams and Special Boat Squadrons. He served as Naval Attaché to the American Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, during the last days of the Khmer Republic. Staff tours included assignments with the Chief of Naval Operations as program sponsor for Naval Special Warfare, Chief of Staff for the Special Operations Command (Europe), Stuttgart, Germany, and as a Flag Officer, with the Secretary of Defense as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Special Operations and Counter-terrorism). He commanded the Naval Special Warfare Command as his last active tour.
Commander [SEAL] Tom Hawkins, USN, [Ret.]
Commander Tom Hawkins retired from the U.S. Navy after 24-years active service as a career SEAL and Naval Special Warfare officer. Born and raised in Philippi, West Virginia, he entered the Navy in February 1966, and was commissioned the following May. He completed Underwater Demolition Team Replacement training with Class 38 in Little Creek, Virginia and subsequently completed operational tours in UDT-21, UDT-22, and SEAL Team TWO, where he deployed to the Republic of Vietnam as a Platoon Commander. He served in a number of other significant assignments including Assistant for Special Units at the Naval Sea Systems Command; Project Engineer at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Washington, DC; Executive Officer, UDT-21; and, Operational Test Director at the Navy’s Operational Test and Evaluation Force. He commanded UDT-22 for 33 months during the period of its reorganization and establishment as SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO. After assignment as Chief Staff Officer, Naval special Warfare Group TWO he served at the NSW Directorate (OP-31) on the Navy Staff in the Pentagon, and at the time of his Navy retirement was Director, NSW Programs at the Naval Sea Systems Command, where he served as the NSW Acquisition Program Manager. His military decorations included the Bronze Star and Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V” and the Combat Action Ribbon. He received multiple personal awards of the Meritorious Service and Navy Achievement Medals. After leaving the Navy Mr. Hawkins served in various positions related to Naval Special Warfare. He recently completed a five-year assignment as staff Requirements Analyst and Science and Technical Advisor to Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group FOUR, and is currently serving in the Combat Development Directorate at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. From 1995 to 2005 Tom Hawkins served for as President of the UDT-SEAL Association—the national fraternal organization of U.S. Navy Frogmen and SEALs.