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Nowadays we live in a cocoon of technology that shields us from real-world life lessons that are vital to success. Squad STX's perspective is that less screen time and more physical, action-oriented programs like ours are essential for young men to become grounded in actual leadership. We use primitive camping and orienteering to promote the classic U. S. Army leadership values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage!


Our executive leadership team is a group of U. S. Army buddies with a combined 35 years of active military duty that are passionate about imparting basic but very important leadership lessons often overlooked outside of the military. Squad instructors are cadets or newly commissioned lieutenants from ROTC programs at Texas A&M, University of Texas, and other Texas schools. 

We provide boys hands-on leadership experience and team building skills instead of just talking about them, and we do all this without the trappings of modern camp gear—we use tarps as shelters, not tents. Campers must be motivated to come, because we are not a boot camp for troubled teens, and we don't cancel for rain!

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“Civilization shouts, gives orders, writes rules, puts man in institutions, and intimidates him with a thousand irritating directives. In return it offers him protections, soul salvation, and a living if he can find it. Nature looks down on him and broods in silence. The noises of running streams and wind in the trees are its own, not directed at but soothing to him because he heard them before he heard the noises of civilization.”

-Walter Prescott Webb



Chance Golightly

U.S. Army Cadet

Stephen F. Austin University


Austin Byboth

U.S. Army Infantry Officer

Eagle Scout

University of Texas Arlington

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Davis Eastman

U.S. Army Cadet


Stephen F. Austin University

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Dan Newland

U.S. Army Infantry Officer

Ranger School

University of Virginia

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Jesse Rebollar

U.S. Army Reserves / Cadet

ROTC Ranger Challenge

St. Mary's University

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Jon Woodlief

U.S Army Soldier

Fort Benning Infantry School

University of North Texas

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Chris Combest

U.S. Army Cadet

Tarleton State Univ. Cadet Corps

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Rory Curtin

U.S. Army Soldier

Military Intelligence School

Texas A&M Commerce


Bryan Spence

Air Force Officer, F-16 Pilot


U.S. Air Force Academy

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Simon Alviar

U.S. Marine Corps Infantryman


Texas A&M University-Commerce

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Tyler Pak

U.S. Army Cadet

ROTC Ranger Challenge

University of Texas

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Paschal Miller

U.S. Army Cadet

ROTC Ranger Challenge

University of Texas

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Dan Izaguirre

U.S. Army Armor Officer

Texas A&M University Cadet Corps

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Bill Binning

U.S. Army Infantry Officer

Texas A&M University Cadet Corps

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Ben Kenneaster

U.S. Army Cadet

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

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Dalton Andrews

U.S. Army Field Artillery Officer

University of North Texas

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Paxton Layman

U.S. Army Cadet

Eagle Scout

Tarleton State Univ. Cadet Corps

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Pierre Gutierrez

U.S. Army Infantry Officer

Saint Mary's University


The owner and director of Squad STX is a former U.S. Army infantry captain from Tyler, Texas that has spent most of his life and career running around in the woods. After leaving the Army, and following a few years in Coroprate America as a Strategy Consultant at KPMG, Dustin started Squad STX in 2018 by combining military "STX" (situational training exercise) techniques with childhood camping experiences at Pine Cove and the Boy Scouts to create an alternative to the traditional kumbaya summer camp culture. Our goal is to provide boys a tough, fun way to learn real outdoor skills and leadership in the Texas Hill Country.

Consummate trainer and planner who is expert in developing systems...one of the most dedicated and professional company commanders with whom I have had the privilege to serve.

Best infantry company commander in my battalion...the most effective trainer of all my company commanders in all facets of preparing teams and squads...exceptional leader and represents the best of what we seek in our tactical commanders.

Ability to mentor numerous young lieutenants, focus senior non-commissioned officers, and motivate his peers to accomplish a host of tasks was exceptional...superior to peers in work ethic, maturity, intellect, and leadership skills..gifted planner and strategist.




One of the best lieutenants I have observed in over 17 years of service...peerless intellect, uncommon ruggedness, and a charismatic leadership style. His coolness under pressure and deliberate problem-solving techniques, even during periods of unbelievable stress.

Led his platoon through tough combat in Ramadi, Iraq and led from the front...relaxed and maintains composure through extremely stressful situations...natural leader.

Mastered the art of engagement in the embattled, but strategic city of Tal’Afar, Iraq...one of my top three of 21 maneuver platoon leaders.

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