About Dave
Columnist, Podcaster, Radio Show host, former private detective and retired Senior Military Historian, Dave Carter writes regular opinion columns, travel pieces, and political/cultural essays as a Contributor for Ricochet, The Federalist, and Conservative Review. He is also the host of the podcast, "Radio Deplorable" on Ricochet.

As a Security Forces member and Senior Historian in the US Air Force, he deployed throughout Asia and Europe, in addition to three combat tours in the Middle East. Author of over 40 volumes of Air Force histories, he accompanied aircrews on combat missions in order to record combat events from a participant’s perspective. While on active duty, his weapons certifications included the M-60 machine gun, M-16 rifle, M-203 grenade launcher, Light Anti-tank Weapon (LAW Rocket), 9mm and .38 caliber pistols, sawed-off shotgun, Claymore mine and grenade. 

Dave's military awards and decorations include, but are not limited to:
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star
  • Global War on Terror Service Medal
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor
  • Air Force Combat Expeditionary Award
  • Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle and Pistol)

After retiring from the military, Dave climbed behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler and has driven over 1 million miles through 47 of the lower 48 states. Reasoning that history is essentially biography, Dave uses a story-teller's style to tell the story of the people and places he has visited over many years and many miles.
  1. Pat Sajak
    “Dave is a rare combination. He possesses a keen intellect while remaining completely relatable to his audience. And, to top it all off, he is a very talented writer and broadcaster. I have interviewed, and been interviewed, by Dave, and left both experiences impressed by his grasp of facts, his quickness and his storytelling ability. He is one of the most popular contributors to the Ricochet website—a site to which I also occasionally contribute—and his podcasts are extremely informative and entertaining. Whether speaking or writing, Dave is an outstanding communicator.”
  2. Rob Long
    “Dave is a master communicator -- both with his colleagues and, more importantly to the Ricochet team, to hundreds of thousands of listeners. His particular skill is making complex ideas clear and graspable, in a humorous and very human way."
  3. David Limbaugh
    “I am completely sincere when I say that my friend Dave Carter is a gifted writer; he can make any subject fascinating; any story riveting. It’s not just my opinion; everyone with whom I’ve shared his work agrees.”
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