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I'm the author of four ebooks: The Work of Death, Together Forever, Leaders Wanted, and Warrior SOS. I'm in the doc film Please Remove Your Shoes. I've blogged for The Washington Times and Guns.com. I've worked for the high-profile U.S.-led Roadmap to Mideast Peace in Israel and Palestine. I've also worked as a SWAT team leader, an undercover Federal Air Marshal and a sole-source training instructor on a classified contract with a U.S. government customer. My master's degree is in Military Studies and terrorism. I'm a former noncommissioned and commissioned Army officer, with service in Iraq. I've been Scuba diving and skydiving; I have trained with members of the U.S. Olympic Ski Team, and I'm an FBI-trained crisis negotiator. My interests lie in helping others and in strengthening America through inspiring moral courage, government fiscal responsibility and accountability, and maintaining principles that have made--and will continue to make--the United States of America a blessed and prosperous country. My greatest blessing is my family--my beautiful wife and our six kids. I'm a police officer, I reside in Utah, and I'm a Mormon.

September 12, 2014

Low Ready or Compression Ready? Punching Out and Picking Up On Your Sights Fast

I was looking at some of my old articles and videos on Guns.com recently and ran across this embedded video.  I was letting my son and some neighbors shoot and decided to do a quick video.

While I use the term "compression ready" in this video, I know that some people would call that a "high ready" position, which differs from a "high ready" with the muzzle pointed up in the sky that I elude to in the video.

That said, I do like (or I don't mind) a "low ready" position where the muzzle is just below the suspects hands, but I still would rather have my elbows compressed, even slightly, because then my muzzle would be pointed at Mr. Bad Guy, instead of at his feet.

Remember, action is faster than reaction and I want to give myself a tactical advantage, therefore every tiny thing I can do to give me the tactical edge, I want to incorporate into my combat gun handling repertoire. (Say that five times, fast.)

Anyway, enjoy.

For more, check out http://www.guns.com/author/jd/

August 27, 2014

The Work of Death, my latest ebook

My latest book, the first in "The Work of Death" series, is now available on Amazon ebooks. Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N1WO4XI

August 23, 2014

The individual soldier

There is the danger that we may become so enthralled by machines and weapon systems that we will lose sight of the fact that the man—the individual soldier—is the supreme element in combat.

—General J. Lawton Collins, May 1952

July 24, 2014

PTSD video featuring Delta Force operator and more


"Take anyone in the world ... no one can hold out forever. Take enough things to happen to a person at one time -- enough negative things -- and anyone, and everyone, can be broken."

-- Tyler Grey, former unit operator

July 16, 2014

Neal A. Maxwell on Suffering

God loves us and, loving us, has placed us here to cope with challenges which he will place before us. I'm not sure we can always understand the implications of his love, because his love will call us at times to do things we may wonder about, and we may be confronted with circumstances we would rather not face. I believe with all my heart that because God loves us there are some particularized challenges that he will deliver to each of us. He will customize the curriculum for each of us in order to teach us the things we most need to know. He will set before us in life what we need, not always what we like. 
(Neal A. Maxwell, “But for a Small Moment,” BYU Fireside, Sept 1, 1974.)

July 2, 2014

Exercise helps decrease depression and anxiety mood disorders

In the book On Combat, by Lt Col. Dave Grossman (ret), he recommends warriors should work out. In the book Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement, Dr. Kevin Gilmartin also suggests that working out is helpful.

PTSd is an anxiety and mood "disorder" (although I like to think of PTS as less of a "disorder" and more as something that happens when warriors face horrible experiences and
traumas associated with their livelihood).  Regardless, even though these two compelling books mentioned that exercise is important for managing the stresses that come from post traumatic living, and even though I didn't doubt them, I found some scientific proof.  Here it is:

“Exercise can be a magic drug for many people with depression and anxiety disorders, and it should be more widely prescribed by mental health care providers, according to researchers who analyzed the results of numerous published studies.  Exercise has been shown to have tremendous benefits for mental health,” says Jasper Smits, director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

“Individuals who exercise report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression, and lower levels of stress and anger,” Smits says. “Exercise appears to affect, like and antidepressant, particular neurotransmitter systems in the brain, and it helps patients with depression re-establish positive behaviors.  For patients with anxiety disorders, exercise reduces their fears of fear and related bodily sensations such as a racing heart and rapid breathing.”
Source: http://blog.smu.edu/research/2010/04/01/study-exercise-should-be-prescribed-more-often-for-depression-anxiety/

June 20, 2014


Tom Spooner, whom I interviewed here on my blog, also has a blog. I got this quote from his blog. Thanks, Tom.

War is always and will ever be obscene. …  While war is obscene, those who charge the machine guns, who bleed, who go down to the aid stations and who are put in body bags are not obscene, their sacrifices have no measure—theirs has a purity where mankind shines and is beyond corruption.  I am not blasphemous when I say that in the brutality and evil of war soldiers who have offered themselves up so that their buddies may life, have in them the likeness and image of God.  And damn those who debunk courage, valor, fidelity, love of country, love of home, family, hopes and dreams for a better tomorrow.  Our soldiers give up much—that others may live, not only in freedom but even luxury.  They deserve our great, great gratitude and affection because they are willing to serve.  They are some of God’s noblest people.

—General Dick Cavazos, United States Army

May 24, 2014

Sebastian Junger speaks about soldiers missing war

Published on May 23, 2014 Civilians don't miss war. But soldiers often do. Journalist Sebastian Junger shares his experience embedded with American soldiers at Restrepo, an outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley that saw heavy combat. Giving a look at the "altered state of mind" that comes with war, he shows how combat gives soldiers an intense experience of connection. In the end, could it actually be "the opposite of war" that soldiers miss?

April 26, 2014

Grateful in Any Circumstances - President Deiter F. Uchtdorf

We sometimes think that being grateful is what we do after our problems are solved, but how terribly shortsighted that is. How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking God that there is rain?
Being grateful in times of distress does not mean that we are pleased with our circumstances. It does mean that through the eyes of faith we look beyond our present-day challenges.

This is not a gratitude of the lips but of the soul. It is a gratitude that heals the heart and expands the mind.