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31: LIVE interview-LTC Dan Schilling, Author of "Alone at Dawn," CCT/STO Tier 1 Operator, Guinness World Record Holder

March 04, 2021 SOCOM Athlete
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31: LIVE interview-LTC Dan Schilling, Author of "Alone at Dawn," CCT/STO Tier 1 Operator, Guinness World Record Holder
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"First There!" The motto of the elite USAF CCT (Combat Controllers). Retired Lieutenant Colonel Dan Schilling served over 30 years in the military, primarily as a CCT & STO (Special Tactics Officer). He was chosen to author the bestselling book Alone at Dawn , the story of Medal of Honor recipient MSgt John Chapman, who was killed in action March 4th 2002 attempting to rescue fallen SEAL Team 6 member Neil Roberts. Dan Schilling also served as a Tier 1 operator at the elite 24th Special Tactics Squadron. With multiple combat & clandestine deployments around the globe, Dan fought in Operation Gothic Serpent, popularly known as "Black Hawk Down" from the Hollywood movie. During the Battle of Mogadishu, Dan was credited with saving the lives of both an Army Ranger and a SEAL Team 6 teammate while under fire. Dan Schilling finished his career as a commander, serving in the secretive JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command). Dan also holds the Guinness World Record for most BASE jumps in a day/24 hour period with 201 jumps, a feat he conducted to benefit children who’ve lost a parent in special operations through the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. He is also a professional-rated demonstration skydiver, speedwing pilot and volunteer ski instructor with Wasatch Adaptive Sports, helping those with disabilities to experience the thrill of downhill skiing.

Dan is now a full-time writer of both fiction and nonfiction. In addition to books, his writing has appeared in The Air Commando Journal, Cigar Aficionado and Parachutist magazines. He and his wife Julie, a former NSA cyber warfare operative, live in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. He can often be found skiing or flying his speedwing near Alta ski resort. Check out Dan's website at:

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