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Don spent a decade as an Army Apache helicopter pilot during which time he was stationed in South Korea, Germany, and Texas. While deployed to Afghanistan as a Troop Commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VI, Don was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal with “V” device for valor. Following his time in the military Don worked as an FBI Special Agent and was a member of the Dallas Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.
During the interview we talked about Don’s transition from flying helicopters in the Army, to being in the FBI to writing high-octane thrillers. About his “over night succees” after publishing WITHOUT SANCTION that was seventeen years in the making. And what’s like to step into the Tom Clancy universe to write the Jack Ryan, Jr. books.