A former American diplomat and US Army infantry officer who served both in the US and overseas, during peace and during war time, Dan is fluent in several foreign languages, and trained in the various diplomatic and military skills.
Tradecraft discipline prevented him from expressing personal opinions during the many decades of service to our country. But the moment he exchanged the dusty gray corridors of power for a public audience he regained the freedom of expression that he cherishes; and you will see that reflected in the way he writes.
While in the US Army he was stationed both in the US and abroad; or CONUS and OCONUS, as the military refers to those locations. His Army service began at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Home of the Infantry. It continued at the various locations and operations where the Army needed his particular skills and training.
He is still not free to talk about some of the places he went and the things he did, but remains very proud of his unclassified service at Wildflecken, Germany, with the 2nd Battalion, 15th Infantry, Third Infantry "Marne" Division. He truly believes that our presence on that end of the Fulda Gap gave the Russians food for thought about invading Germany and starting World War III. He said good bye to Army service at Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he helped train other Americans to serve.
During his diplomatic service with the Department of State he was stationed in Greece, Algeria, Spain, Canada, Moldova, Burkina Faso, Bolivia and Washington DC. As a Foreign Service Officer he learned about that great beyond outside our borders from a civilian standpoint. He worked against terrorism, revolution, corruption and government brutality against the people they were supposed to serve.
Later, as a USAID contractor, he worked in Kosovo; right after America stopped the genocidal barbarians who saw nothing wrong with killing human beings in the name of religion. He has drawn a lot of material for his books from his personal experiences in these places.