Ed  McDonald

Ed spent his early childhood on a cattle ranch in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains where his father was a cowboy.  He holds two master’s degrees.  He has worked in Washington, DC attached to a Congressional staff where he wrote and lobbied to passing three Congressional resolutions to create (in 1987, 1988 and 1989) a national day to commemorate the Challenger astronauts, a National Day of Excellence. 

He served five years as a reserve officer in the Tucson Police Department.  For six years, he was Director of Academic Programs and Publications Editor of THE FINAL OPTION Tactical Force Institute, an international post-graduate training institute for SWAT and HRT officers.  Ed spent five great summers teaching SCUBA diving in Mexico and two winters teaching snow skiing in Arizona’s White Mountains.  He worked for twenty-eight years diagnosing and remediating learning disabilities.

He also taught for thirty-eight years as an adjunct faculty member at institutes of higher education, including the University of Arizona, Pima Community College and the Southern Arizona Institute of Advanced Technology.  Ed has edited, illustrated and published eight advanced law enforcement tactical textbooks. 

He also served for eighteen years on the governing board of Wright Flight.  While studying language in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1999, he met Victoria who became his wife in 2001.  They have two daughters.