US M-1 Carbine, US M-14 Rifle, US M-15A1Rifle, US 1911 .45 Cal Pistol, US M-3 Submachine Gun, US M-26 and 33 Fragmentation Grenades, US M-79 Grenade Launcher, US M-203 Combo Rifle and Grenade Launcher, US M-60 7.62 Machine Gun, US M-1 .50 Cal Machine Gun, US Light Anti-tank Weapon System (LAWS) US 81mm and 4.2 inch Mortars, German M-4 Rifle, German P-38 Pistol, German PPK .380 Pistol German MP5 Submachine Gun, and Austrian Glock 17 and 19 Pistols.
Foreign Languages: French, Greek, German and Spanish.
Honors and Awards
US Department of State Career Achievement Award, 2009
US Department of State Superior Honor Award, Twice, 1977-2008
US Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, 4 Times, 1977-2008
Burkina Faso's National Order, Knight's Cross, 2000
Bolivia's Order of Agustin Aspiazu, Grand Cross, 2003
US Army Commendation Medal, 1974
German Schuntzenschnurr am Bronz
US Army National Defense Medal, 1971
US Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, 1971
US Army ROTC Distinguished Military Student, 1970
Dan Santos lives near the source of peaceful Rock Creek, Maryland. Ironically, the peaceful woods around the creek inspired scenes of incredible violence during the fictitious ascendance of the first dictatorship in America. He finished the Insurrection trilogy in 2016 and is hard at work on a totally different story about a dog.
Well known in US diplomatic circles for his inspired reporting on revolutions, blood diamonds and international catastrophes, his dispatches were also a call to action for Washington leaders. The Santos prose gritty visuals were convincing and compelling, moving diplomats and sometimes troops into action, and always punctuated by compassion and common sense. Compassion and understanding inspired the story of Blitz, coming in 2018.
He keeps in touch with his readers through www.DanSantos.us and his blog www.DanSantosBookReviews.wordpress.com, where he reviews novels written by other authors and publishes moving pieces inspired by people and animals.
Fort Benning, Fort Bragg, Fort Dix, Fort Polk, Homestead AFB, Hellenikon AFB, Iraklion AFB, Bad Tolz, Baumholder, Frankfurt, Fulda, Grafenwoehr, Heidelberg, Kitzingen, Mainz, Oberammergau, Wiesbaden, Wildflecken, Wuerzburg.
Countries in which Dan has worked.
Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Canada, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Holy See, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Kosovo, Peru, Russia, Spain, Tunisia, United Kingdom and the United States of America.