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Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dan “Two Dogs” Hampton is one of the most decorated fighter pilots of all time. During his 20-year career, Hampton flew 151 combat missions, fought in both Gulf Wars, helped secure American airspace on 9/11, and flew the first plane over the border during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
As the most lethal F-16 “Wild Weasel” pilot in American history, and for his unlikely rescue of a U.S. Marine unit, Hampton was the recipient of a Purple Heart and four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor. He was named squadron instructor of the year six times, logged 726 career combat hours and recorded 21 hard kills as a “Wild Weasel,” or Surface-to-Air Site killer, whose sole mission was to fly behind enemy lines and make the skies safer for fellow pilots.
For his expertise on security and counterterrorism, Hampton has consulted both the U.S. government and allied governments. He has appeared on Newsmax, CNN, Fox News, BBC, and MSNBC discussing foreign affairs, geopolitics, military, aviation and intelligence issues, and has been a guest analyst for Hannity, The Cycle, and Anderson Cooper360. Hampton is also the CEO of MVI International, a private military company based out of Colorado.
Author of New York Times bestsellers Viper Pilot, The Mercenary: A Novel, and Lords of the Sky, his new Amazon bestseller, The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic Crossing, marks the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s pioneering flight from New York to Paris, in an in-the-cockpit, hour-by-hour account.
Hampton’s bestselling autobiography, Viper Pilot, recounts his experiences from earning wings to surviving combat as a Wild Weasel. Booklist wrote in its starred review, “Hampton is a vivid writer and an unabashed warrior...An outstanding work.” His 2015 novel, The Hunter Killers, compiles unprecedented firsthand interviews and declassified documents from the Vietnam war. Hampton’s writings have been featured in TIME, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Parade, and Newsday among others.
In History channel special Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, Dan joins as dive master, aviation expert and historian to solve one of the greatest mysteries of all time.
Hampton has lived in all corners of the world, including Germany, Spain, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq, is fluent in Arabic, and served as an exchange officer in the Egyptian Air Force. He has studied at Oxford, holds a Masters of Aeronautics, and is a Master of Arts candidate at Dartmouth.
LESSONS FROM THE COCKPIT: LEADERSHIP, TEAMWORK, & PEAK PERFORMANCE
From the cockpit to the boardroom, optimum performance and successful campaigns require a range of elements, from confidence and the right mindset to proper preparation.
A celebrated fighter pilot and CEO of a private military company who has led elite teams on missions behind enemy lines around the world, Dan Hampton delivers practical lessons about:
- leadership and decision-making under fire
- building the best team
- preparing mentally and physically for big challenges and stressful situations
- remaining calm and focused when things don’t go your way
- being adaptive while maintaining total commitment to a mission
Dan Hampton will inspire you and shares insights that could change your life.
Global Terror and Security Challenges: An Assessment of Risks and Strategies
In this speech, Dan Hampton analyzes security challenges, military conflicts, and terror threats around the world and how to deal with them. Drawing from his experiences in combat and consulting for the US Government on counterterrorism and security, Hampton provides an up-to-date look at the risks and developments that could impact your organization.
The Spirit of the Flight: Inside the Life & Lessons of Charles Lindbergh
90 years ago, Charles Lindbergh made history with the first ever transatlantic crossing. Determined to claim the $25,000 Orteig Prize promised to the first pilot to fly nonstop from New York to Paris, Lindbergh would achieve a feat that had already claimed six men’s lives.
Bearing in mind the raw bravery and skill necessary to survive those lonely, uncertain hours in a small, fabric-covered cockpit over the Atlantic, Lindbergh offers us a lesson on risking everything to achieve a goal, and how, even with his triumph, there were many unforeseen pitfalls to success.
With a riveting, in-the-cockpit account, from a pilot who has flown this route solo – countless times during his 20 years in the Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dan Hampton recreates the danger, uncertainty, and heroic accomplishment of this first flight, with personal accounts of the life and temperament of the man, and his struggles with instant wealth and global celebrity.
At only 25, Lindbergh’s name became immortal, his fortune immense, but was it worth the price? His massive success would prove for a difficult and tumultuous life, including the loss of his child, the wrath of a president, and a restlessness that he could never quite reconcile. But Hampton draws out the complexities of this vulnerable, human man, and asks how we would fare in similar circumstances.
Learn everything you didn’t know about the man and about his dream. Discover Lindbergh’s belief in the power of aviation to join peoples, advance technology, and bring the world closer together.Explore the passion and courage that defines a spirit that Americans can claim with pride, and that we as humans, can all share.
The Middle East and the Road Ahead
When it comes to America’s disharmony with the Middle East, there are no easy answers. Islamophobia, the fear of Islam, Muslims, and their world is roughly akin to the Red Scare of the 1950s and 60s. Islamic witch hunts, like the paranoia surrounding Communism, has created a culture of Us vs. Them in the western world, and it hasn’t helped quell the fires of war overseas.
The Middle East is a world that America doesn’t totally understand and a conflict that Washington can’t resolve. Like Vietnam, the turmoil in the Middle East needs to be solved by those who live there.
In this speech, Dan Hampton looks at the relationship between the Middle East and the rest of the world. He examines the history of the area, the post-Iraq War climate that created ISIS, and the tactical and cultural requirements necessary for stabilization. Dan Hampton spent years in the Middle East, on the ground and in the air, and using his experiences, he delivers an honest analysis Americans won’t find on television.
Lords of the Sky: The Past, Present, and Future of Combat Aviation
In less than a century, humans went from Wilbur and Orville Wright to Neil Armstrong, from firing flare guns over trenches in World War One to drones controlled by pilots thousands of miles away.
Dan Hampton delivers a comprehensive and action-packed 100-year history of combat aviation, from World War One to today. From the exhilarating stories of some of aviation’s most legendary warriors, Hampton’s presentation will leave audiences in awe of the technology and the pilots.
Terror: The War of Ideas
Bad Ideas must be fought with good ideas.
Terrorism is a symptom of larger issues. Militarily, insurgents and terror groups can be defeated, but there are no strictly military answers. Without eliminating root causes, there is always another brush fire to fight somewhere else. Dan Hampton discusses the history, culture, and causes behind global terror organizations with personal observations and anecdotes.
Water: The Next War
It cannot be made synthetically, like oil, and human life vanishes without it. Developing countries are running out of water. Where will they get it in a generation, and what does that mean for the West?