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Army Sergeant James A. Bretney circa 2004 Mosul, Iraq

English: This is a picture of Sergeant James A...

English: This is a picture of Sergeant James A. Bretney, April 2004 in Mosul, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

James A. Bretney is an American film director, screenwriter and film producer. He attended the University of Arizona and the Art Institute of California in Los Angeles to study live action and animation filmmaking.

Bretney’s feature film debut, A Paradise of Bachelors was shot in the summer of 2009. The low budget production is still in post production. Bretney’s follow up film Universal Empire is set in Ancient Rome. He is working on preproduction for Up The Trail – a western.

Bretney was born in Utica, New York in 1973 to Mark and Virginia Bretney. Mark Bretney was an electrical engineer for the defense industry. His parents met in the Philippines when his father was a sailor during the Vietnam war. His mother was born a Filipino national from the Island of Cebu.

While attending the University of Arizona, Bretney was an intern for Senator John McCain. He graduated in 1996 with a degree in History with emphasis on American and Mexican history. Prior to enlisting in the Army in 1999, Bretney worked in wholesale business to business food sales.

While in the Army, Bretney volunteered and served as an Electronic Maintenance Technician in the Special Operations community with one year in the 75th Ranger Regiment and four years in 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. With 10th Group, Bretney deployed three times to Iraq serving a total of twelve months though not continuously. It was in Mosul, Iraq where Bretney decided to pursue a career in art and entertainment.

Bretney left the Army in 2006 and took a job in as Test Engineer in the defense industry pursuing filmmaking part time. In Yuma, Arizona, Bretney formed his production company in 2007 and moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to pursue filmmaking full time.

Filthy Thirteen

Richard Killblane (born 1955) is an American author, Historian and Army Officer.  He currently serves as the Unites States Army Transportation Historian.  He authored the war history, The Filthy Thirteen.  This is the true story of the demolition section of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment that inspired the book and subsequent movie, The Dirty Dozen. The story is preserved as the comical oral history (war story) of the unit’s tough and mischievous leader, Jake McNiece.


Killblane seeks to preserve the institutional memory of military transportation and advise the Chief of Transportation and his staff on the use of military history in the development of doctrine, training and force structure.

As an adjunct faculty for the Transportation School and Army Logistics University, Killblane teaches, develops curriculum and advises on the integration of military history and heritage. He leads Staff Rides of historical battlefields and teaches lessons from history. He writes special manuscripts, monographs and articles for publication.

Richard Killblane in HondorusKillblane has deployed to Southwest Asia and contingencies, such as Haiti, to preserve the history of the military transportation and serve as the Transportation Corps’ point of reference on questions relating to distribution operations.  Killblane served as the Assistant Command Historian for the Air Force Technical Applications Command from September 1999 – August 2000.  In that capacity, he assisted the Command Historian in researching and writing the annual command histories.

A West Point graduate of 1979, Killblane served as Infantry and Special Forces Officer for 11 eleven years.  He commanded a Special Forces Team and light infantry rifle company during Operations Nimrod Dancer and Just Cause in Panama.  He trained three El Salvadoran Battalions in counter-insurgency operations and planned operations for 1st Special Operations Command and 7th Infantry Division (defunct).

  1. […] isn’t just a high school teacher, he’s also a U.S. Army veteran who volunteered and served within the Special Operations community in the 75th Ranger Regiment…But that’s not. He also spent four years in 3rd Battalion, 10th […]

  2. […] teacher James A. Bretney (left) insulting Islam , he replied with 4 words. (Photo source: Blaze of Glory , 10-News […]

  3. […] James A. Bretney returned from 3 U.S. Army tours in Iraq, he saw firsthand the devastating effects of Islam’s religious ideology and legislation. Later […]

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