Captain Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret) was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He graduated as a cadet officer from Missouri Military Academy but there was no money for college so he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1964. He served in Vietnam in 1965 and 1967 through 1970, surviving 31 major combat operations. He emerged from Southeast Asia highly decorated, including three Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in combat. He spent 13 years as an enlisted Marine, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant before he was chosen to attend Officer Candidate School. Appointed a Warrant Officer in 1976, he later converted his commission and was a Captain when he was sent to Beirut with the Multinational Peacekeeping Force in 1982-83. He served in a variety of assignments around the world and along the way managed to graduate with a B.A. degree in English from the University of Maryland. Dye worked for a year at Soldier of Fortune Magazine and spent time in Central America, reporting and training troops in guerrilla warfare techniques in both El Salvador and Nicaragua before leaving the magazine in 1985 and heading for Hollywood, where he founded Warriors, Inc., the leading military consultancy to the entertainment industry. His firm has worked on more than 50 films and TV shows including several Academy Award and Emmy-winning productions, working closely with the directors and actors on almost every major war film to come out of Hollywood in the last 23 years. Dye directed the 2nd unit of Alexander under Oliver Stone, and used his influence on the maxi-series The Pacific for HBO. He is currently in pre-production on his feature-film directorial debut, No Better Place to Die.
Julia Dye, Ph.D. keeps the Entertainment Industry honest through technical advising and performer training, and helps Hollywood directors capture the realities of warfare in all aspects of the media. As a partner in the consulting firm Warriors, Inc., she provided weapons training to Colin Farrell for the film Alexander and with the military advisory team, oversaw historical accuracy for the HBO series, The Pacific. Dye earned her doctorate in hoplology (the anthropology of human conflict) from The Union Institute & University. She is a frequent consultant for the History Channel, Military Channel and Discovery Channel and is the former Executive Director of the Society of American Fight Directors, and helped create the Los Angeles Fight Academy.
John M. Del Vecchio is a best-selling author, specializing in books on the war in Southeast Asia and the veteran homecoming experience. He was drafted in 1969 shortly after graduating from Lafayette College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and minor emphasis in Civil engineering. In 1970, he volunteered for Viet Nam where he served as combat correspondent for the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). In 1971, he was awarded a Bronze Star for Heroism in Ground Combat. He is author of The 13th Valley, For the Sake of All Living Things, Carry Me Home, and Darkness Falls, along with numerous articles and papers. The 13th Valley was a million+ copy bestseller.
Gerry Kissell started his professional career in 1986 as the full time illustrator for Selling Power Magazine, the #1 sales and marketing magazine in the United States. His first comic strip was so well received it was picked up by Reuters and published in their internal company newsletter. In 1990, Gerry left his art career to serve his country during the first Gulf War. After his return to civilian life, he didn’t miss a beat, creating for FXM, Inc., two limited edition Star Trek art prints that sold out within two months. Since then, Gerry has worked for IDW Publishing on The A-Team: War Stories, as well as EA Games comic division, working on the Army of Two comic series. He has also painted book covers for Warriors Publishing Group, including the new covers for the bestselling novels The 13th Valley by John M. Del Vecchio, and Outrage by Captain Dale Dye. In 2011, he joined forces with fellow artist Amin Amat to form Hazmat Studios, where their slogan is, “Art so amazing, its hazardous to your health.”
Amin Amat is a comic book artist currently living in San Juan, Puerto Rico. An alumni from the School of Visual Arts NYC, he has worked with such notable companies as Moonstone Books, Penny Farthing Press, Marvel Interactive, Coca-Cola, Disney, Scholastic Books, and IDW Publishing. He has contributed to such titles as Karl Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Buckaroo Banzai.