Allen B. West

Are you an American Badass?

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Since this is the gift-giving season, I’d like to recommend a fantastic book, written by a “badass” friend of mine, Dr. Dale Comstock.

It is said that “a nation sleeps peacefully at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on her behalf.” Dale is most certainly one of those men.

He is possibly the youngest Soldier ever to qualify for the Army’s Special Operations Detachment (Delta), the nation’s premier counter-terrorism force. Dale follows the calling of his own father, an infantryman in Vietnam, who passed on the legacy oath of service and commitment to his son.

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It’s not just Dale’s exceptional military service that’s impressive — Paratrooper, Ranger, Special Forces, Delta, serving in every ground combat operation from Grenada to Afghanistan to Iraq. Dale also holds a Masters degree in business and security management and a Ph.D in alternative medicine.

He’s been a small business owner, and some of you may remember him from the NBC series, “Stars Earn Stripes.”

Dale is the consummate man’s man and as I had the special honor of dubbing him, a “modern-day Spartan.” His book details the exploits of an American warrior. Dale was encouraged to write his book by the late US Navy SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle, author of “American Sniper.”

What is an “American Badass,” the moniker bestowed upon him by his competitors on the NBC show ? Here are Dale’s own words:

An American Badass can be a man or woman. One needs to be a role model and lead by a positive example. An American Badass doesn’t start fights, but knows if he must fight, he can with courage and conviction. An American Badass doesn’t steal, lie, or subvert the society he lives in. He lives by a code of unwavering morality, and ethics that are tempered with honor, honesty, integrity, leadership, and loyalty to family, friends, and America.

I wholeheartedly recommend this great read by a great American. Dale says it’s his story of a journey “from innocence to a world of extreme violence, from a paltry and humble existence to a life enriched through determination, hard work, sacrifice, and the love of family.” It’s a great Christmas gift for dads – and badass moms.

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