Dan Santos is a former American diplomat and US Army infantry officer. He served both in the US and overseas, during peace and during war time. He is fluent in several foreign languages, and has intensively trained in diplomatic and military skills.
American diplomatic officers like Dan work within the US intelligence community, much like their CIA counterparts. They are subject to strict discipline on what they can or cannot say. So, for many years he could not express his personal opinion about many things. When he exchanged the dusty, gray corridors of power for a public audience he gained the freedom of expression that he cherishes; and you will see that reflected in the way he writes.
His military service began at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Home of the Infantry. He was later assigned abroad, wherever 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 is very proud of his unclassified service at Wildflecken, Germany, with the 2nd Battalion, 15th Infantry, Third Infantry "Marne" Division. While in that unit, his mission was to prevent the Soviets from invading Germany, matching his tiny unit against much larger Russian organizations. 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 US Department of State Dan was stationed in Greece, Algeria, Spain, Canada, Moldova, Burkina Faso, Bolivia and Washington DC. As a Foreign Service Officer his job was to make friends for America and to prevent our country's enemies from getting the upper hand. When he was promoted to the Senior Service (equivalent to an Army general officer) he was in charge of two embassies for extended periods: one in Africa and one in South America. There he led the fight against terrorism, narco-trafficking, revolution, corruption and government brutality against the people they were supposed to serve.
Later, he opened his own company and worked in Kosovo; right after America stopped the genocidal barbarians who saw nothing wrong with killing human beings in the name of religion.
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