Patrick H. Hannum and Christopher Pieczynski
Patrick H. (Pat) Hannum served for 45 years the Department of Defense, 29 years as a U.S. Marine (Assault Amphibious Vehicle Officer), involving command of 30 to 1,000 individuals, as well as extensive joint service, and 16 years as a civilian professor at the Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, where he focused on Phase II Joint Professional Military Education, engaging with all U.S. services and international partners. Retiring from federal service in 2021, he remains active in promoting the study of the American Revolution and continues to read, research, write and present. Christopher Pieczynski is a retired United States Navy Commander who served 24 years as a Surface Warfare Officer. He has earned a Master’s degree in History from Old Dominion University and a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the University of Maryland Global Campus teaching a variety of history classes. Through grants received from the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission, he has uncovered little known aspects of the area’s history resulting in several historic research reports, three historic markers, and the discovery of a previously unknown Revolutionary War skirmish site. He has written several articles on various aspects of local history that appeared in both local and national publications. His research specialty is the War of 1812 and maritime history under sail.