As I said on my homepage, I am a former Marine, and have worked in public service my entire life. The majority of my experience is in emergency management where I have held positions in Radiological Protection, Training, Planning, and Operations. I have worked in various roles in multiple Presidentially declared disasters.
Currently I am a Correction Academy Field Instructor assigned to prepare new officers to safely work inside a state prison.
I have also served as an Adjunct Criminal Justice instructor for Kaplan Career Institute’s Nashville Campus. At Kaplan, I was the faculty advisor Kaplan’s chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association’s honor society Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the pistol team coach, and the Meggit Firearm Simulator operator.
I am an alumni of Jacksonville State University where I received a Bachelor degree in Emergency Management with a minor in Homeland Security.
All my adult life I have been a member of the firearm community. I am an NRA member, training counselor, and recruiter. Among I have held multiple firearm licenses over the years to include (but not limited to) Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Instructor, Tennessee Certified Security Guard Trainer, OCAT Pepper Spray Instructor, Monadnock Advanced Baton Instructor. Simunitions Instructor, Nova Electronic Restraint Device Instructor, and Specialty Impact Munition Instructor. Additionally I am a former Utah Concealed Firearm Instructor and North Dakota Concealed Weapon Test Administrator,
I have completed numerous additional courses though the Department of Homeland Security in such subjects as: Emergency Management, Response to Terrorist Attacks, Hazardous Materials, Radiological Response, and Critical Incident Stress.
I am a state certified Hazardous Material Technician, and have completed many courses in the area of WMD and Terrorism response.
I hold membership in the Emergency Management Association of Tennessee, and have received their highest certification, Emergency Management Professional.
I have taken hundreds of courses in multiple disciplines, including many courses dealing with instructor development and Train the Trainer (TtT). To show his training depth, here are just a few of his certificates: (I haven’t stopped training, but I stopped adding to this list years ago).
Partial list of Certifications and Classes
DOE EOTA – Fundamentals of Exercise Design
DOE EOTA – Vehicle Bomb Search Methods
DOE EOTA – Crime Scene Issues, Hazards, and Law Enforcement Interface
DOE EOTA – Explosive Effects and Countermeasures
EMRTC – Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing (TtT)
EMRTC – Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents (TtT)
FEMA – Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools
ICISF – Group Crisis Intervention
ICISF – Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement
ICPS – Terrorism & WMD Awareness in the Workplace
IMAC – Defensive Tactics Instructor
Marine Corps Institute – Reconnaissance Marine
Marine Corps Institute – Terrorism Counteraction for Marines
Monadnock – MEB (baton) Advanced Instructor
Monadnock – MEB (baton) Basic Instructor
National Fire Academy – Emergency Response to Terrorism
NCBRT: Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education – Core Disaster Life Support
NCBRT: Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education – Mental Health Considerations During WMD/T
NCBRT: Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education – Prevention and Deterrence for Law Enforcement
NRA – Certified Instructor Basic Pistol
NRA – Certified Instructor Basic Shotgun
NRA – Certified Instructor Home Firearm Safety
NRA – Certified Instructor Metallic Cartridge Reloading
NRA – Certified Instructor Personal Protection in the Home
NRA – Certified Instructor Refuse to Be a Victim
NRA – Certified Instructor Shotgun Shell Reloading
NRA – Certified Law Enforcement Instructor Handgun
NRA – Certified Law Enforcement Instructor Shotgun
NRA – Chief Range Safety Officer
NRA – Range Development Conference
NRA – Range Safety Officer
NRA – Training Counselor (Instructor Trainer)
OSHA – First Line Supervisor Course
PPCI – OCAT Instructor Course
Tennessee Department of Correction – Firearms Instructor
Tennessee Department of Correction – New Supervisor Training
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency – Emergency Response to Terrorism: Basic Concepts
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency – Hazardous Material Team Operations (Technician)
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency – Instructor Methodology
Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy – P.O.S.T. Firearm Instructor Course
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency – Hunter Safety Instructor
USMC – Corporal’s Leadership Course