21 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lt. Col. Steven Cole likes to say that the U.S. Army has been working with Hollywood before Hollywood even existed. The longstanding relationship dates back to 1927, when the Army provided an airplane for “Wings,” the first Academy Award winner for best picture. As the deputy director of the U.S. Army film and television liaison office, Cole is the middle man between the entertainment industry and the service, helping provide production companies access to military equipment, bases, personnel and information.

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Cole joined the Army 18 years ago. After serving as an armor officer for eight years, he attended the U. of Maryland at College Park, and received a master’s degree in African history. He taught in the military academy’s history department for three years before becoming a public affairs officer for the armed service. He worked for a year at global communications firm FleishmanHillard to »

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