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DANIEL HARRINGTON

Mr. Daniel Harrington is a retired Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps. He was wounded in action on July 6, 2006 during combat operations in Iraq. As a result of his wounds he spent over two years in recovery at the Balboa Naval Hospital located in San Diego, California. He is a recipient of the the Purple Heart Medal.

 

Dan served as a member of a Marine Corps Personal Security Detail (PSD) in Iraq whose mission was the protection of high ranking military officers. He later served with a Police Transition Team as a scout, machine gunner and vehicle commander in the city of Hit, Iraq.

 

He and his team were integrated with an ODA team from the US Army 1st Special Forces Group tasked to conduct counter insurgency operations to capture and arrest High Value Targets (HVT) to include members of Al Qaeda.

 

While on active duty, Dan served as Senior Weapons Instructor for his unit. He facilitated all aspects of weapons training including crew-served weapons such as M2 50 cal, M240G, MK19, and M249 SAW.  He supervised instructors and coaches on rifle and pistol qualification courses and close quarters combat shooting. He trained Marines on specialized techniques to employ crew-served weapons in perimeter security and convoy operations.

 

Other assignments on active duty include service as the Marine Liaison for the Center for Anti-Terrorism and Naval Security Forces (San Diego) where he assisted staff in Force Protection Training and Shipboard Security. He served as Range Safety Officer (RSO) at North Island, Coronado Naval Air Station small arms range. In 2007, while still recovering from his wounds he personally provided training for Rear Admiral Hunter and her staff. 

 

Upon medical retirement from the Marine Corps, Dan worked as a Force Protection Anti-Terrorism Instructor for San Diego City College at the Center for Naval Security Forces. He was responsible for the development and instruction of a specialized Breachers Course for US Navy personnel assigned to conduct Non-Compliant Visitation, Boarding, Search and Seizure (VBSS) Operations. In addition, he instructed courses in force protection, marksmanship and antiterrorism for both enlisted and officer grade personnel.

 

Dan holds numerous certifications as a subject matter expert in firearms, antiterrorism, breaching and maritime tactical operations. His military awards include the Purple Heart Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), Global War on Terrorism Service Award, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon.

 

Dan currently serves as the Advocate for Close Quarters Battle Institute where he coordinates the company's philanthropic outreach programs designed to assist needy children, senior citizens and veterans.