R. L. Joey Johnson is a twice-retired (military and Department of Veterans Affairs) author from West Virginia. He earned Bachelor's degrees in both Business Administration and Resource Management from Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1989. He went on to earn a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia in 1999, all while serving in the Air Force and full-time Army National Guard. He received a Bronze Star Medal in 2004 for his service in the Middle East. He is currently a part-time sportswriter for the Charleston Gazette Newspapers, Huntington Herald Dispatch, and other HD Media affiliates.