Rye to Present to Joint Warfighting Course

Rye to Present to Joint Warfighting Course

Sept. 11, 2018–Director of Black Flag Communications Scott Rye will participate in a panel discussion on public affairs and media relations as part of the Air University’s Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.

Rye will join reporters from the Washington Post and Foreign Policy magazine on the panel. Last March, Rye joined former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and former Navy Vice Chief of Information Rear Admiral W. Kent Davis, USN (Ret.), to discuss joint task force public affairs at the two-week course, which is designed for one- and two-star flag and general officers from all of the uniformed services. The program is tailored to provide future theater combatant commanders, service component and Joint Task Force commanders with a broad perspective of the strategic and operational levels of war.

“I’m honored to be asked back to speak to these senior military officials,” Rye said. “The dynamics will be different this time given that members of the media will be on the panel as well.”

As a naval officer, Rye served as chief of the Media Operations Center, Multi-National Force–Iraq, and director of Public Affairs for Combined Joint Interagency Task Force–Syria. In addition, during his deployment in Iraq, Rye was assigned to the Joint Interagency Personnel Recovery Task Force. He recently served as acting Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during a period of critical activity in the Indo-Pacific theater.

Black Flag Communications is a Florida-based agency specializing in crisis communications, government relations and public relations. In addition, Black Flag provides media training, political consulting and litigation support.

Rye to Address Joint Flag Officers Warfighting Course

Rye to Address Joint Flag Officers Warfighting Course

March 13, 2018–Director of Black Flag Communications Scott Rye will address public affairs at the Joint Flag Officers Warfighting Course this week at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Rye will join former Navy Vice Chief of Information Rear Admiral (Ret.) Kent Davis and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on a panel discussion as part of the semiannual two-week course designed for one- and two-star flag and general officers from all of the uniformed services. The program is tailored to provide future theater combatant commanders, service component and Joint Task Force commanders with a broad perspective of the strategic and operational levels of war.

“I am honored to be asked to speak about public affairs to such a distinguished audience,” Rye said. “I hope that the students will come away from the discussion with an even greater appreciation for the role public affairs plays in warfighting and the absolute necessity to include it in strategic and operational planning.”

Rye served as chief of the Media Operations Center, Multi-National Force–Iraq, and director of Public Affairs for Combined Joint Interagency Task Force–Syria. In addition, during his deployment in Iraq, Rye was assigned to the Joint Interagency Personnel Recovery Task Force. Last summer, he chaired U.S. Pacific Fleet’s USS Fitzgerald Operational Planning Team in the wake of that ship’s fatal collision.

Black Flag Communications is a Florida-based agency specializing in crisis communications, government relations and public relations. In addition, Black Flag provides media training, political consulting and litigation support.

Rye to Address Port Authorities’ Workshop

Rye to Address Port Authorities’ Workshop

Feb. 26, 2018–Scott Rye, Director of Black Flag Communications, will address the American Association of Port Authorities’ Public Relations Workshop on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

The event is being hosted by the Alabama State Port Authority at the Port of Mobile, Alabama.

Rye will join journalist, author and motivational speaker Drexel Gilbert as the two lead a workshop on crisis communications and how best to communicate with the public and the media during and in the immediate aftermath of a crisis.

“This is an excellent opportunity to provide some tools for professional communicators’ use in the event of a crisis, whether it’s a crisis of confidence, an ethical breach or a natural or man-made disaster,” Rye said. “I’m really looking forward to sharing the podium with my colleague and friend, Drexel Gilbert. We’ve worked together for clients, but this is the first time that we’ve worked together in a presentation. Drexel is a pro’s pro.”

Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., the American Association of Port Authorities represents more than 130 public port authorities in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. For more than a century, the AAPA has promoted the common interests of the port community and provided critical industry leadership on security, trade, transportation, infrastructure, environmental and other issues related to port development and operations.

Black Flag Communications is a Florida-based agency specializing in crisis communications, government relations and public relations. In addition, Black Flag provides media training, political consulting and litigation support.

Maersk Donates to American Red Cross for Hurricane Relief

Maersk Donates to American Red Cross for Hurricane Relief

Oct. 19, 2017–Maersk colleagues donated $40,000 to the American Red Cross today for hurricane relief efforts.

Presenting the check on behalf of Maersk, APM Terminals and Damco employees worldwide was Brian Harold, managing director, and Wendy Robertson, general manager, APM Terminals in Mobile. American Red Cross Regional Philanthropy Officer Danielle Warren accepted the check, which will go to Red Cross chapters across the Gulf Coast.

The initiative was set in motion by Maersk Line of North America, headquartered in Florham Park, N.J. Black Flag Communications served as liaison between Maersk and the American Red Cross to establish a donations page where Maersk colleagues could donate to relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma or to general hurricane relief in the wake of one of the most destructive hurricane seasons on record.

“Maersk North America’s efforts quickly were recognized as ‘best practices,’ with Maersk Latin America coming to us for help in setting up a similar effort with the Red Cross in Mexico following the devastating Mexico City earthquake last month,” said Black Flag Communications Director Scott Rye. “It was truly heartening to see colleagues from around the world respond.” Maersk matched the donations given by employees of Maersk, APM Terminals and Damco.

Maersk Line, APM Terminals and Damco all are part of A.P. Moller-Maersk’s Transport & Logistics Division. Maersk Line is the world’s largest container shipping company with 639 ships sailing every major trade lane. APM Terminals provides port and inland infrastructure, including 73 ports and terminals in 36 countries. Damco is a world leading provider of freight forwarding and supply chain management services.

Black Flag Communications is a Florida-based agency specializing in crisis communications, government relations and public relations. In addition, Black Flag provides media training, political consulting and litigation support.

Black Flag Signs Maersk

Black Flag Signs Maersk

Sept. 1, 2017–Black Flag Communications has been retained by Maersk for public relations counsel, effective immediately.

“With our Gulf Coast location, Black Flag was perfectly positioned to pick up a project for Maersk late last month,” said Black Flag Communications Director Scott Rye. “We already had been in positive discussions with Maersk communications leadership in Copenhagen and New Jersey when an opportunity for a project presented itself. Based on our performance, Black Flag subsequently was retained as a PR and crisis communications partner.  I can’t say enough about what a great company Maersk is. Everything the company does is informed by its core values. This is a company with heart.”

Maersk Line is the world’s largest container shipping company. The Maersk Liner business also includes Safmarine, Seago Line, SeaLand and MCC. The company operates all over the world and has a fleet of 639 ships.

Black Flag Communications is a Florida-based agency specializing in crisis communications, government relations and public relations. In addition, Black Flag provides media training, political consulting and litigation support.

Nation’s Leading Crane, Rigging and Logistics Company Hires Black Flag

Nation’s Leading Crane, Rigging and Logistics Company Hires Black Flag

November 18, 2014—Barnhart Crane & Rigging, headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., has retained Black Flag Communications for public relations counsel.

According to Barnhart Crane & Rigging’s Director of Marketing Chris Teague, “Barnhart has experienced tremendous expansion in recent years, both in the services we provide and our national footprint. Scott Rye’s years of PR experience, his knowledge of our company, and his insights into transportation and logistics make Black Flag a good fit as we continue to grow the company.”

“Barnhart Crane and Rigging is an amazing company with a tremendous record of achievement. These guys are, hands down, the absolute best in the industry. To become a part of their team is a true honor,” said Rye, director of Black Flag Communications.

Since 1969, Barnhart Crane & Rigging has been providing innovative solutions to complex lifting and transportation challenges faced by heavy industry – from power generation to petrochemical to renewable energy, and beyond. The company maintains more than 30 branches across the U.S. and offers the strongest network of rigging experts and equipment in the country.

Black Flag Communications is a Florida-based agency specializing in crisis communications, government relations and public relations. In addition, Black Flag provides media training, political consulting and litigation support.