Shawn Engbrecht is no stranger to the world’s remote and dangerous places.
Joining the Canadian Army at 17, he soon found himself far North of the Arctic circle in Norway operating in a 4 man Reconnaissance detachment arrayed against the former Soviet Union.
His 20th birthday was spent on the African savannah while number 21 arrived en route to the Himalayas and the lure of the Golden Triangle of Burma, Thailand, and Laos.
Moving to the United States, he fought with the 75th Ranger Regiment, including a combat jump into Panama. He served behind Iraqi lines with a Surveillance unit during the Persian Gulf War.
He has served for years as a Executive Protection Detail Leader in South America and it was there he was approached and asked to become an instructor at the Center for Advanced Security Studies, a company that places top end protection officers world wide. He continues to teach to this day.
He deployed to Iraq in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007. During his deployments he was tapped as a consultant, project manager, turret gunner, and medic to name just a few. He recruited Gurkhas in Nepal and many of the anecdotes described in the volume were observed first hand by him.
Still highly active in operations, recent deployments include Myanmar in 2007 and months spent in East Africa working with first line Kenyan combat troops destined for the Somali border in 2008.
The material gathered during his deployment will be the foundation for Captains Wars, his second book focused on small unit tactics for countering insurgencies such as the one raging in Afghanistan.
A Professional speaker, he has spoken on the BBC in regards to Iraq, along with ABC, CBS, and a guest appearance on “Hardball” on the topic of Presidential Assassination.
He was also the focus of an A&E documentary dedicated to the study on how human beings are able to recover from massive physical trauma, based upon some of his injuries sustained over the course of his career.
Married to a Ukrainian supermodel with a Masters Degree in Economics, they divide their time between East Africa, Europe, and their home in Florida.