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
US Army National Defense Medal, 1971
US Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, 1971
US Army ROTC Distinguished Military Student, 1970
Dan Santos, Novelist
Beginning my professional life as a US Army infantry officer, I recently retired as a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service at the US Department of State. I served our country in times of peace and war armed with esoteric military and diplomatic skills and speaking several foreign languages. Throughout my career the government deployed me on permanent or temporary duty to 32 foreign countries.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree on Politics and Public Affairs from the University of Miami at Coral Gables; a Master of Science in Management from Florida International University at Miami; and, a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
Living near the tranquil source of the picturesque Rock Creek in the unincorporated area of Maryland’s Montgomery County, its surrounding wilderness inspired the Insurrection Series. I published "Appalachian Command" in July 2013, "Mile-High Blood" in December 2014 and Tiger Legion in April 2017. Currently, I'm working on my next book "Letters from Blitz."
Countries in which I've served or traveled officially.
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.
Military posts where I was stationed or traveled to officially.
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.