Colonel (Retired) Dominic J. Caraccilo served nearly six years in combat in command roles culminating a 27-year career as the Deputy Commander of the 101st Airborne Division. His 65 months of combat during multiple deployments including Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Kosovo, and a series of deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq spanning 2001 to 2010. During that timeframe, Caraccilo produced many other books, including Achieving Victory in Iraq: Countering an Insurgency (Stackpole Books, 2008), Beyond Guns and Steel: A War Termination Strategy (PSI, 2011) and Forging a Special Operations Force: The US Army Rangers (Helion & Company, 2015). Like 1,271 Days a Soldier, the latter two were sponsored by the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) as part of the AUSA Book Program. In retirement, Caraccilo has had extensive C-Level, Director, and Management experience for companies including various consulting firms, Amazon, Facebook, and Parsons Corporation.
His education includes a Doctorate in Business Administration in Global Business and Leadership from California Intercontinental University; a Master of Arts from the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies; a Master of Engineering from Cornell University in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering; a Master of Science from Cornell University in Manufacturing Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the US Military Academy at West Point.
Colonel Caraccilo and his wife Karen live in Huntersville, North Carolina. They have three grown children and one granddaughter. Their son Robert, his wife Elizabeth, and daughter Natalie live in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he flies Chinooks for the Special Operations Command. Their twins, Jacob and Jenna, reside in New York City, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, respectively where Jacob attends Fashion Institute of Technology as a Fashion Design student and Jenna is a zoo keeper and is studying for her Masters in Wildlife Forensics and Conservation at the University of Florida.
1,271 Days a Solider is the true diaries and letters of Col. H. E. Gardiner during World War II. It releases January 19, 2020.