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Twenty One Gun Podcast

Jul 14, 2021

This entire episode was plagued by the tech gremlins from the onset. I am rereleasing this episode after correcting some audio issues and download issues. Hopefully you'll enjoy!

Special Guest - Daniel Flores

Dan is a lifelong Texan. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1985 and then served in the 4th Infantry Division in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After his active-duty time was over, he served in the Texas Army National Guard’s special operations unit; Company G. 143rd Infantry LRRP (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol).

In 1990 Mr. Flores went to Army flight school to become an Apache helicopter pilot with 7th Squadron 6th Cavalry Regiment, based in Conroe Texas. In 2006 he was deployed as the attack asset for the 10 th Mountain Division. He was assigned to the northeast sector, which included the infamous Korengal Valley, and numerous outposts in the Hindu Kush mountains and along the Pakistani border.

He wrote a #1 bestselling book “South of Heaven, My Year in Afghanistan” telling of his experience flying the Apache helicopter in combat, and was instrumental in the success of the movie "Apache Warrior." From his book the film “Above the Best” was made. “Above the Best” premiered in March 2019 and promptly won the “Reel Hero” award at the GIFF (Gasparilla International Film Festival, in Tampa Fl.) and then numerous awards since. The film uses actual footage taken from his Apache helicopter in combat. The film has also been enshrined into the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning.

He also flew airplanes and helicopters for 21 years, for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as an Air Interdiction Agent before retiring July 2020. He has been deployed to the U.S./Mexico border, and South America, on numerous occasions for operations against the Drug trafficking Cartels and the illegal immigrant surge. He currently flies an EC-145 Helicopter for Air Methods, as an EMS pilot, in the Houston area.

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