Dino J. Gutierrez is an army veteran whose honorable service includes one tour to Desert Storm, three tours to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and one tour to Operation Enduring Freedom. He graduated from Douglass High School in 1986 and attended Oklahoma University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Science in 1998. Gutierrez then worked in general construction until 2004. He decided to volunteer to serve this great country again in 2002. After hanging up his boots, he wrote Stranded: The Long Journey Home and is currently working on its sequel.