Col. (Ret.) John “Jay” Boyd received his bachelor’s degree in history from Vanderbilt University, two master’s degrees—history and education—at the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. In 2003 he was appointed the historian for the 81st Regional Support Command and later became the director of Army Reserve History from 2014 to 2016. From 2016 to 2019 he served as command historian for the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps. An Army Reserve officer, he deployed to Iraq with a Military History Detachment in 2005– 2006 as the senior theater historian. In 2010 he was attached as a command historian to Joint Task Force Haiti as part of Operation Unified Response. He devotes much of his time to research and writing with his wife Rachel—a Canadian military historian.