People David Reeder New Contributor to RECOIL Iain Harrison May 31, 2013 0 COMMENT We’re proud to announce the addition of a new contributor to RECOIL, who will be making regular posts covering all things new and shiny in the world of quality kit, as well as anything else that tickles our fancy. David Reeder will be joining RECOIL’s other contributors such as Stickman, Shinnosuke Tanaka, Erik Lund, John Chapman, Len Waldron, Steven Kuo and others. Right now, he’s sitting on an entrance ramp to I24 trying to hitch a ride to the Blade Show in Atlanta (hey, you have to earn that corporate AMEX round these parts), so if you have a half-eaten burger littering your passenger compartment, don’t be afraid to share it & scratch behind his ear. He likes that. David will be reporting live over the next few days, so if there’s anything sharp & stabby you’d like to see featured here on RECOILWEB, let us know in the comments section. Reeder has been a freelance writer for approximately 3 years, having written for a number of traditional print and on-line publications. He has contributed to Military.com’s Kit Up! and Under the Radar for the last couple of years and periodically for SOLSYS Group. His articles have appeared in or on SWAT, SWAT Digest, Tactical Weapons for Law Enforcement, US News & World Report, Police Link, and other publications. He has been interviewed or consulted on several news shows, including Fox News Business, and somehow managed to remain articulate while looking terribly constipated the entire time. Reeder enlisted in the USAF/ANG in 1989 and was a traditional ANG Security Policeman, then Security Forces, for approximately ten years. During that time he worked as a civilian LEO, first with a municipal agency and then with a County Sheriff’s Office. He was Class Leader for Police Academy Class E92B2 and an academy honor graduate. During his time as a LEO he worked patrol, training, and SWAT. He also spent time on a four-county drug task force supporting DEA and BATFE operations. He later went active duty as an AGR and eventually served in an ARCv billet as the NCOIC of Operations for the 97TH Security Forces Squadron, Altus AFB OK. While on active duty Reeder maintained his law enforcement credentials as a reserve LEO. He medically retired in 2013 year after 24 years service, 17 of them active duty. During his military career David served in a number of specialty billets, including training, public affairs, operations, and S/4 mobility. He participated in the initial response to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, has deployed numerous times, and spent several years both with his unit’s EST and the Oklahoma Joint Terrorism Task Force. Reeder spent approximately 10 years as a lead MOUT instructor and civilian LE training POC at the Bold Lightning Urban Warfare School; for his work there he was awarded the USAF Meritorious Service Medal and later an MSM Oak Leaf Cluster. Shortly after returning from OEF-A he began working as an Observer/Controller at the National Homeland Security Training Center (NHSTC). He has been a contract instructor for the Joint Service Combat Tracking program headquartered at Ft. Huachuca since 2003, and in 2006 assisted with the visual tracking content preparation for what eventually became the USMC Combat Hunter program mandated by Gen. Mattis. David continues to train and learn (and to teach) as time allows. He now freelances full time from the Desultory Tactical Sesquipedalianism HQ near Tulsa, OK, and will be serving RECOIL as its digital editor and editor-at-large for print. You can follow him on Instagram if you’re just bored, @davidreederwrites. Learn more about David here.