Angie Papple Johnston

I'm a freelance writer because I love writing - and it pays the bills.

I'm a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom 5 and Operation Iraqi Freedom 9-11; I completed two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army and received several Army Commendation Medals, several Army Achievement Medals and a Combat Action Badge (which very few females have earned). 

My first deployment (in 2007) was spent in Kirkuk, an oil-rich city of Northern Iraq.  I served as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives expert (that was seriously my job title).

My 2008-2009 deployment sent me all over the Salah ad-Din Province of Iraq; I spent time in Tikrit and Tuz as a Public Affairs Officer and covered news stories as our battalion's journalist.

While deployed to Iraq, I also attended Thomas Edison State (online, of course) to work toward a degree in journalism.  My military education includes Technical Escort, Biological Integrated Detection Systems and Battlefield Forensics.  I am certified in Confined Space Rescue, Transportation of Hazardous Materials and I am a certified Hazardous Materials Technician and OSHA First Responder.

I have earned a Good Conduct Medal, several Certificates of Achievement, a Physical Fitness Excellence Badge, two Meritorious Unit Citations and gained entry into the Corps of Non-Commissioned Officers.

I've gotten sand under my sweaty collar more times than I care to remember, been lowered into manholes by ropes to rescue casualties and killed six scorpions.  I've rubbed elbows with influential shaykhs and American generals and I've knelt beside limbless Iraqi children.  I've been in fights, been in love and felt the most scorching anger imaginable.  I've seen good things and I've seen bad things - and most of that is because journalists in the Army get to go everywhere.  I'm very thankful to the Army for giving me more experience than I wanted when I enlisted.

I enjoy writing for civilians because it's far more pleasurable to write from the comfort of my own home than to write in a scorpion-infested bunker or tent in the middle of the desert.

I like ice cream, Bottle Caps and angel hair pasta, and I hike in the mountains whenever I get the chance.  I enjoy playing Sea Monkeys slot machines, watching Will Ferrell movies and talking to my friends.

I have a handsome, witty and smart husband who makes me laugh every day and knows more about me than I know myself; I have a beautiful daughter who just might turn out to be a writer herself (her talent is surpassing mine, and I've got twenty years on her).  I also have a precious little boy who I won't be able to look in the eye until sometime in May.

And that, my friends, is everything about me.


I am very proud to call you family! You are an amazing woman, wife, mother and I just want to say thank you to you and David for fighting for us, our country! I love you and good luck on your new adventure, you won't need it, but thought I would put it out there :) Shannon

Shannon, that was sooooooo sweet. Thank you so much. :) You rock.

I enjoyed reading this. We had no idea how involved you were in Iraq. Thank you so much for your service to our Country. Have you ever considered writing a book about your time over there? I would love to hear more about it!

Thanks, Kim! No problem. :) I thought about writing a book... but just haven't gotten around to it. I kept a journal over there - thought about fixing it up and marketing it like that.

Hi Angie,

I have a suggestion for your About Me page. I would focus it exclusively on your professional and educational credentials that relate to web writing.

When I'm looking at a freelancer to hire, I just want to know about their professional experience, certificates, education, etc.

A freelancer's background that's not profession-related just makes me wade through information that doesn't help me decide whether to hire them.

But a crisp, focused and short professional bio helps sway me in favor of using their services.

Jo Marsicano
Web Writer and Content Strategist
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hi Jo!

Thanks for taking the time to comment. On my professional sites, that's how my bio is - I completely agree with you. However, this site isn't designed for clients. It's only here to help other writers.

Thanks again!


Hi Angie- I just found this blog and all I can say is THANK YOU!! I'm working my way through as much as I can cram into my eyes daily. I'm teetering on the edge; I'm a good writer with years in the professional beauty industry as a stylist, colorist, trainer and training manager. Now I want to expand into professional writing specific to my industry (white papers, press releases, web content, etc) and I keep stalling and hesitating. There is so much great information here on your blog, and your approach is so direct and accessible that I feel I might find the courage to finally step off the cliff. THANK YOU.

And thank you, also, for this bio. It gives so much more dimension, and I think adds serious credibility to everything else you offer on the blog. Thank you for your service to our country - your accomplishments are a true inspiration.

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