Kevin Dockery

Kevin Dockery graduated in 1980 with a BA in Communications, concentrating in Broadcast Journalism from Oakland University, Rochester Michigan.

Dockery served in the U.S. Army from 1972 through 1975 Assigned as the Unit Armorer to Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, A ceremonial and guard unit assigned to the White House in Washington DC. Company A was the Presidents Guard for the 1976 Bicentennial. He served as a Selected Marksman for the unit as well as taking care of all of the unit’s weapons including modern and antique arms. The Presidents Guard was a recreation of George Washington's Guard including period uniforms and weapons. This resulted in Dockery being responsible for 77 Brown Bess flintlock muskets as well as swords, spontoons (spears) and other arms.

After leaving the army, Dockery returned to Michigan where he attended Oakland University, receiving a BA degree in Communications in 1980. While going to school, Dockery joined the Michigan National Guard, Company A, 225th Infantry where he became a Platoon Sergeant before leaving the service in 1984. His military service included assignments as an 81mm M29A1 mortar team leader, a weapons squad leader (antitank) as well as an infantry squad leader and later platoon sergeant.

Since that time, Dockery has written several reference books on small arms as well as worked professionally as a custom gunsmith for a number of years. His specialty as a gunsmith was the production of customized pistols with particular expertise in the Smith and Wesson revolver lines and the M1911A1 as well as rebarreling and rebuilding military-style weapons including the AR-15, M-14, AR-10, M1903A3 rifles as well as performing work on a wide range of law enforcement weapons. His gunsmithing skills have allowed him to help maintain several museum collections of small arms throughout the country and he has developed a wide range of contacts with manufacturers and private collection owners.

Kevin Dockery was not in the military when he went over to Desert Storm, but the practical difference was little more than the uniform. As a technical specialist, he was hired by General Dynamics Services Corporation to help support the German Fox CBR reconnaissance vehicles that had been supplied to the coalition forces. The understanding with GDSC was to have Dockery manage the small arms repair depot once the contact had been awarded with the U.S. government. With the rapid effective action of the Coalition forces, the small arms maintenance contact never materialized.

Arriving in Saudi Arabia in January, 1991 he was eventually assigned to the Fox vehicles that were part of the Third Armored Division. The rapid flow of the ground attack often put the support column right in the middle of the fighting. Even after the ground war was over, the situation was anything but safe for both the troops and their support forces.

As an experienced ordnance technician, Dockery was requested to examine post-combat weapons damage on various enemy armored vehicles. He also photographed a wide variety of the leftovers of the war. Abandoned materials, unexploded bombs and shells, and the ever present threat of land mines made life interesting until he returned to the United States in April, 1991.

Since returning from operating in Desert Storm as part of a Technical Assistance Unit, he has become a full-time writer specialized in the military field, particularly Naval Special Warfare and its history. He has also worked as a partner in a small manufacturing firm producing reproductions of unusual military ordnance. In this work he managed the company as well as did the machining and marking actions.

He has been a consultant on a number of military-oriented projects with various organizations and companies including the Navy Historical Center, The Marine Corps Museum, and various private manufacturers as well as advising on a number of upcoming film and television productions. His knowledge of Special Warfare, weapons, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), biological weapons, and terrorism/counterterrorism has caused Mr. Dockery to be asked to address a number of public groups and organizations on those subjects.

In December, 2008, Mr. Dockery was hired by Airtronic USA top be the Vice President of Badger Defense, their new ordnance company, as it was starting up. Working in Bristol, Wisconsin, Dockery helped reorganize the company and set up sales on the national and international front of both the weapon barrels that Badger Defense produced and the weapon systems produced by Airtronic USA. At that time he also learned further specifics on the production of barrels for heavy weapons and small arms. He left the company on an active basis in June, 2009 and has continued to work with Airtronics on a paid consultant basis.

In July, 2009, Mr. Dockery was hired by Engle Ballistics Research Inc. (www.ebr-inc.net) of Smithville, Texas as their Vice President of Technical Information. IN that capacity, Mr. Dockery has used his extensive knowledge and technical library to assist EBR Inc. in the production of several types of exotic ammunition as well as research into new ammunition types that would be produced in the United States for the first time. Engle Ballistcs Research is also the firm marketing the CQB brand of 40 mm ammunition of which Mr. Dockery is one of the patent holders.

Kevin presently lives in Northcentral Ohio where he divides his time between writing, raising big dogs, and follows his hobbies of scuba diving, blacksmithing, fencing, gunsmithing, and knife and sword making.