Lieutenant Colonel David R. Dixon is a Marine Corps AH-1W Cobra helicopter pilot and an Iraq War Veteran. David graduated with honors from Texas A&M and earned master’s degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Stanford Graduate School of Business. His book, Call in the Air, won the Robert Gannon award for distinguished poetry from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. David has been recognized as a Pat Tillman Military Scholar, Texas A&M Mays Business Fellow, and Presidential Leadership Scholar. His writing has appeared in many publications to include the Harvard Business Review, Harvard National Security Journal, Houston Chronicle, Huffington Post, Marine Corps Gazette, Small Wars Journal, Duffel Blog, and The Babylon Bee. David is married to the love of his life, Jackie Dixon, and they live with their two children in 29 Palms, California "A Desert Oasis."
Phil Jones grew up in Sarasota, Florida where he graduated from the Ringling College of Art & Design. He interned at Walt Disney Feature Animation and worked on The Little Mermaid before he joined the U.S. Army. Phil was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, served in Desert Storm, and worked as an illustrator for nearly 4 years. After leaving the Army, he worked at Nitelite Studios on commercials and music videos. Phil later returned to Disney, spending 7 years working on Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, and many other animated films. In 2003 he began work as a freelance artist. Phil has illustrated numerous children’s books, and he is the official illustrator of Stuff, the mascot of the Orlando Magic. He resides in Sarasota, Florida with his wife Norayda and their son, Austin.
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