US M-1 Carbine, US M-14, US M-15A1,
US 1911 Pistol, US M-3 Submachine Gun,
US M-26 and 33 Fragmentation Grenades,
US M-79 and M-203 Grenade Launchers,
US M-60 7.62 Machine Gun, US M-1 .50 Cal Machine Gun, US Light Anti-tank Weapon System, US 81mm and 4.2 inch Mortars. German M-4 Rifle, P-38 Pistol, PPK .380 Pistol and MP5 Submachine Gun. Austrian Glock 17 and 19 Pistols.
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.
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
Countries in which I've served or traveled to 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.
Dan Santos lives near the source of peaceful Rock Creek, Maryland. Peaceful though they may be, the 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 writing about revolutions, blood diamonds and international catastrophes, his dispatches were also a call to action to Washington leaders. Their gritty visuals were convincing and compelling, moving diplomats and sometimes troops into action punctuated by compassion and common sense. Compassion and understanding inspired the story of Blitz, coming in December 2017.
Dan keeps in touch with his readers through www.DanSantos.us and his blog www.DanSantosOpinion.Blogspot.com, where he reviews the books of other authors and writes moving pieces inspired by people and animals.
Dan Santos, Novelist