Bram Connolly, DSM turned to writing after a 20-year career with the Australian Army, retiring from the Special Forces as a Major in 2011. He is the author of two works of fiction, The Fighting Season and Off Reservation. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for leadership in combat in Afghanistan in 2010. He has also served in Somalia and Timor, and was a founding member of the Tactical Assault Group (East). He has a highly successful weekly podcast and is a popular corporate speaker.