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.