In 1940, it seemed inevitable to former Army enlisted soldier and World War I veteran Mel Ryder that the United States would soon be pulled into another global conflict. Successful in publishing a newspaper serving the 300,000 men working in what would become the Civilian Conservation Corps, Ryder envisioned one aimed at Army troops. And so was born Army Times, with its first edition — all 12 pages — rolling off the presses on Aug. 17, 1940.
That initial publication would ultimately grow into a robust publishing company — now called Sightline Media Group — that serves nearly 280,000 readers worldwide across the entire U.S. military, the federal civilian workforce, the defense industry and other communities. Sightline also publishes numerous specialty publications, produces a weekly television show and operates 10 core websites, which in the past year have logged nearly 7 million unique visitors who viewed almost 20 million pages.
Today, the Military Times newsroom — Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times — continues to be the largest dedicated to covering the men and women in uniform, veterans and retirees. Military Times journalists have covered the troops at home and abroad, including in the battlefield. They have kept readers up to date on legislation and policy that affects them and their family members.
The Military Times brands have been a consistent watchdog and advocate for the best interests of the military community.
"We are honored to carry on a long tradition of serving the needs of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen around the world," said Peter Lundquist, vice president and general manager of Military Times. "We are committed to continuing to provide service members, veterans, retirees and family members with the news and information they need to succeed in all they do to serve our country. It has been our privilege to do just that for the past 75 years, and we aim to continue to do so for another 75 years and beyond."