A Closer Look

Eric graduated with honors in 2004 from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA. He was then commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps the same year and honorably discharged as a Captain after 8 years’ service in 2012.

During his time as a Marine, Eric successfully completed training and earned the 0204 MOS, Counterintelligence / Human Source Intelligence Officer designator and served as Human Intelligence Exploitation Team (HET) Officer in Charge during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Afterwards, Eric was selected for a clandestine “B-Billet” and successfully graduated from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA), Elkridge, MD in 2008, earning the title of “Case Officer” and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy, Glynco, GA in 2009 earning the title Special Agent, of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

Eric was then assigned to the NCIS, Washington DC Field Office’s (DCWA) Foreign Counterintelligence “A” Squad and was responsible for multiple named Offensive Foreign Counterintelligence Operations (OFCO). Mr. Kirsch’s experience includes Marine Corps active duty combat deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom, in 2006-2007-2008 (2), Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011 (Helmand Province, Afghanistan) (1), DIA JCITA OFCO Instructor (2013), NCIS Civilian Special Agent (2014), and served as advisor to the American Government, and Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) as a civilian in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2014 & 2015.

Since his honorable discharge in 2012, Kirsch has served as an Offensive Counterintelligence Operations instructor at JCITA; as a civilian Special Agent with NCIS; and as a civilian Advisor to the American Government and the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraqi Kurdistan. He is the founder and CEO of Torchlight USA.

Common Questions

Can I submit my own article?

Absolutely! I’m always looking for likeminded (or differing) voices for my blog. You may submit a writing sample here. I will get back to you within two (2) business days about whether or not I will use your article on my site.

What kind of articles are you looking for?

I’m not looking for any kind of article in particular. While I was a Marine and a good portion of my writing deals with this theme, this is not a requirement for this site. All that I ask is that your ‘voice’ be interesting and entertaining.

Excellent grammar and punctuation is a must. 🙂

Will I get paid for submitting an article?

This is the intent, eventually, at present as this is a open journal of sorts, and we wish to build an audience the initial goal is to populate content, then fight with ad revenue issues, as a secondary consideration without diminishing the readers experience. The eventual resultant process is to monetize the site, to enhance our readers experience.

What do you do when you aren't writing?

I currently enjoy spending my time cooking, writing, and spoiling my daughter.

My Interview With Pritzker Military Presents

On Friday November 6, 2015, renowned author and academic Allan Millett discussed the history and heritage of the U.S. Marine Corps. As part of the 2015 ON WAR Military History Symposium, this program was made possible by sponsors of the 2015 Liberty Gala.