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Daniel is a former Infantry Marine with 5 deployments in his 12 years on active duty. He also is the creator of Pop Smoke Media, as well as the host of the internationally ranked Smoke Pit Podcast.

Daniel began writing in 2017, and has published several hundred articles for various news outlets. These experiences have spanned from on-location reporting in Russia, to helping draft legislation at the Capitol.

The Florida native created Pop Smoke Media with the vision of entertaining, educating, and advocating for the military community. 

“We would risk our lives for each other in combat, so we must be willing to fight for each other back home.”


Daniel Sharp
Justin Eggen

Justin Eggen

Justin Eggen is a Father, 2x National Award-Winning poet, motivational speaker, OEF combat Veteran, and current graduate student at Florida Atlantic University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Florida Atlantic University, and is the President of Stand To: Change The Narrative Inc., a literacy-focused nonprofit organization that is challenging the common narrative while clearing a new path for positive and educational community growth.

Justin Eggen served active-duty Marine Corps from 2008-2012 as a combat engineer attached to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division serving in Marjah 2010 & Sangin 2011.

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