Our Educators

KEITH E.

In 1986, Keith started his career in law enforcement with St. Louis County. After a couple of years, he transitioned over to Maryland Heights Police Department where he spent the duration of his career. During his 35 years in law enforcement, Keith served his department and his community in various roles including, but not limited to: teaching at the St. Louis County Police Academy, serving as a multi-assault counter terrorism action capabilities instructor, a firearms instructor focusing on tactical rifle applications and as a homicide investigator. He also served on the SWAT team where he took charge and executed search warrants throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan Area and surrounding counties, which involved working extensively with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He also taught constitutional law at the police academy, which has assisted Peacemaker Defense Group as we continue to build our training courses for law enforcement. In Keith’s retirement, his goal is to provide continued education for law enforcement by implementing an entirely new approach to the way of managing police.

 

MIKE C.

As a policeman with the NYPD for the past 14 years, Mike started his career in 2007, serving eight years as a patrolman in the Bronx. He then moved to the Counterterrorism Bureau where he joined a detail that executed numerous successful operations in the greater New York area. Most recently, he has taken on a role within the Counterterrorism Bureau helping members with their physical fitness and nutrition. Outside of the NYPD, Mike is thoroughly involved in the fitness industry. Through his fitness programs, group fitness events, and social media, Mike actively motivates and provides resources and a community for first responders to improve their health and wellness and break the current mold.

 

BLAKE C.

Blake spent 4 years in the Army as an infantryman where he deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 and received a Purple Heart. After the Army, Blake worked as a police officer with the City of Fayetteville in North Carolina where he spent 6 of his 7 years on the Emergency Response Team (S.W.A.T). As a senior team member on the S.W.A.T. team, Blake primarily operated as an assaulter, but was also trained and state qualified as a sniper. During his time on the S.W.A.T Team, he spent 3 years as a detective in the Gang Unit investigating Cartel operations, human trafficking, prostitution, and facilitating undercover drug and gun buys while working alongside all federal agencies.

 

Blake is trained and experienced in:

  • Armored vehicle operation

  • SWAT technical equipment operations

  • Close quarter battle

  • Hostage rescues

  • Shoot/non shoot stressful situations

  • PSD work for VIPs and highly visible political figures such as the President of the United States

 

MARK C.

A retired United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant with 21 years of active-duty service, Mark’s primary military
occupational skill (MOS) is 0369 Infantry Platoon leader. In addition to Mark’s primary MOS, he holds numerous secondary MOS’S, some of them being 8530 range coach, 8531 primary marksmanship instructor, and instructor, and 8532 small arms weapons/ combat weapons instructor. During Mark’s 21-year career, he served in many operational units and instructor billets. Mark served 7 years in all three of the Marine Corps FAST, Companies Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team where he was a platoon sergeant for 5 independent worldwide operational platoons. He also served as the Operations Chief & Company Gunnery Sergeant for 3rd FAST Company. In addition to the above, Mark also served as (SNCOIC) Staff Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the Marine Corps Designated Marksmanship School located at Dam Neck VA. In the spring of 2007, Mark retired from the Marine Corps and took a position as an independent contractor instructor at Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity (AFETA). He currently serves as a certified lead firearms instructor for the DOD. Mark recently founded Combined Firearms Training, a company with the intent to provide good quality, effective, practical and affordable training to the law enforcement community.

 

RICK H.

Rick is a 29-year US Army Special Operation Combat Veteran during which time he was also a Special Operations K9 handler. While serving as a Special Operator, Rick completed 13 combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan and taught as a Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat instructor. After leaving the Army, Rick founded War HOGG Tactical, Inc., a proven training methodology service company which he currently operates.

 

WILLIAM B.

Will’s career in law enforcement started as a police officer with St. Louis County for 10 years during which time
he served in multiple special units. Will was then hired by a federal agency where he has worked for the past
three years. Will is also the Founder and President of WillBinspired Warriors Fitness Fund which assists with
overall physical and mental wellness for military veterans and first responders through fitness memberships
and counseling services.

 

CRAIG

Craig is a retired United States Army Master Sergeant with 21 years of active-duty service. Craig’s primary military occupational skill (MOS) is 11B Infantry First Sergeant. In addition to Craig’s primary MOS, he holds a secondary MOS as a B4 Sniper Instructor. During Craig’s 21-year career, he served in many operational units and instructor billets. Craig served fifteen years in 3rd Ranger Battalion holding positions as Rifle Squad Leader, Heavy Weapons Squad Leader, Rifle Platoon Sergeant and Rifle Company First Sergeant. Craig deployed seven times to combat zones in Iraq to support Joint Special Operations Command. As for Instructor billets, Craig served four years as a Senior Ranger Instructor, Long Range Reconnaissance Senior Instructor and Senior Scout Sniper Instructor. In the fall of 2012 Craig took a position as an independent contractor instructor at Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity (AFETA) for the Department of Defense. He currently serves as a certified firearms instructor for the DOD.

 

TIM

Tm served in the U.S. Navy from 1984-2004, nineteen years of which he was designated as a 5326 U.S. Navy Seal with a primary rank of independent duty corpsman (I.D.C.)/18 Delta Medic. During his time in the Navy, he served at Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) 1989-1996. Some of his primary positions included but were not limited to: Range Safety Officer (RSO), Range Safety Officer in Charge (RSOC), Demolition Range Safety Officer, Demolition Range Safety Officer in Charge, Fire and movement Range Safety Officer in Charge, and Close Quarter Combat (CQB) Range Officer in Charge. During his career, he has trained both domestic and foreign personal Live Fire CQB Training, Live Fire Immediate Action Drills (IAD) Training Live fire assaults/raids and ambush training. Live fire sniper training to include building to building shots in downtown Los Angeles. Tim retired as a chief petty officer from the Navy in 2004. In 2005, he took a position as an independent contractor as a firearms instructor at the Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity (AFETA) for the Department of Defense where his primary duties include pistol, rifle, shotgun, land navigation, and field medical training.

 

ADAM

Adam has spent the past 13 years in law enforcement serving the Commonwealth of Virginia in various capacities that began with the Department of Corrections, the Virginia Department of State Police and currently as an adjunct instructor with Texas State University under the Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Program. While holding the rank of Trooper, he served as a member of the Division One Tactical Team operating in the roles of Senior Breacher and Tactical Medicine coordinator. He currently holds the designation of High Threat Protection Specialist and served on the Executive Protection Unit with the responsibility of the protection of all visiting dignitaries and the Governor and First family of Virginia. After completing two operational tours and traveling in more than 25 countries, Adam was assigned to the Tactical Operations Unit where he was a Senior Instructor. While serving as a Senior Instructor, Christopher was responsible for the development and implementation of all tactical/specialty training ranging in variety from Officer Survival for the Bureau of Field Operations / Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Basic School, Low Visibility Operations, Tactics for Special Agents and SWAT, Combatives, Evasive Driving and Firearms. He holds instructor certifications from the Federal Law.

 

RICH G.

Rich served six years as a Navy SEAL on SEAL Team 10 as an Operator and Sniper. After leaving the SEAL Teams, Rich started Full Spectrum Warrior (FSW), a company whose goal is developing a capable and sustainable warrior mindset, skillset and physical capability for engaging hostile threats in multiple environments and situations.

Through FSW, Rich has:

13 years of experience training Police and SWAT Teams across the USA in Counter Terrorism Tactics, CQB,
Vehicle Combatives, Active Shooter Response, Sniper Tactics and skillsets, K9 Tactics and employment, Weapons
Combatives, Weapons Retention, Team Tactics, VBSS, Ropes, and advanced weapons handling techniques through his Combat Mobility System.

  • 10 plus years of experience training Police Departments and Special Tactics Teams in Brazil in counter Cartel Tactics, Vehicle Combatives, Precision Rifle, Weapons Retention, K9 Tactics and Employment, Executive Protection, Weapons Combatives and necessary Skills Techniques and Procedures (TTPs).

  • Trained Security Forces for 2004 Olympics and oversaw Security Teams for 2016 Olympic Games 

  • Rich is also the Vice-President of SEAL Swim Charities and President of Home Front K9 Project, a nonprofit training Emotional Support Dogs for active-duty special forces families that can serve the needs of the families both as a loving companion and a fierce protector.

JIM

Jim served 10 years with the Navy SEALS. James’ secondary responsibility over the past 20 years has been in the combat medical field. Other specialties include Breacher/Methods of entry, Military Free Fall, and Combat Diving. After separating from the Navy in the fall of 2004, James worked as an independent contractor providing security for high-risk mobile operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Currently, he is working as an independent contractor instructor/medic at Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity (AFETA). He currently serves as a certified lead firearms instructor for the DOD, as well as a cadre member for Combat Medical course.

 
RICK

Rick served 13 years as a US Navy SEAL. Rick’s secondary responsibility over the past 20 years has been in the combat medical field. His other specialties include Breacher/Methods of entry, Military Free Fall and Combat
Diving. After separating from the Navy in the fall of 2007, Rick worked as an independent contractor supporting the global war on terror. Currently, he is working as an independent contractor instructor/medic at (AFETA) Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity for the Department of Defense. He currently serves as a certified lead firearms instructor for the DOD, as well as a cadre member for Combat Medical course.

 

EVERETT

Everett served as an active-duty United States Navy SEAL for 26 years as a Senior Chief Petty officer (SOCS), retiring in December 2012. As a Senior Enlisted Advisor, he developed Naval Special Warfare tactics, techniques and procedures; planned and led training exercises; and led worldwide Special Warfare elements during multiple combat deployments in OEF, OIF and Operation Fervent Archer.

His firearms and Range Officer qualifications include:

  • Navy Instructor (NEC 9502)

  • US Army Special Operations Target Interdiction Course

  • Naval Special Warfare Sniper Instructor

  • Naval Special Warfare Laser Range Safety Officer

  • Naval Special Warfare Fire and Maneuver Range Safety Officer

  • Naval Special Warfare Range Operations Safety (K-431-0100)

  • Naval Special Warfare Close Quarters Combat Range Safety Officer

He began working at the Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity (AFETA) as an independent contractor
in November 2013. As a certified Department of Defense firearms instructor, his daily tasks include basic and
advanced firearms instruction and range safety supervision.

 

MARK

Mark served seven years on active duty with the U.S. Army and an additional 19 in the U.S. Army Reserves. As both an enlisted man and officer, he developed and conducted firearms training on weapons systems ranging
from pistols to 20mm cannons. Mark then worked for the U.S. Government as a Senior Executive Service officer and retired in December 2012 after 24 years of service. Mark currently serves as a firearms instructor at the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity (AFETA). As a DoD firearms
instructor, his duties and responsibilities include basic and advanced firearms instruction as well as performing range safety officer supervision.

 

LEE

Lee retired in September 2012 as a United States Navy, Chief Warrant Officer FOUR (7151/SEAL) with 26 years
of active service. After serving a two-year enlistment as a United States Army Infantryman, he served an additional 24 years in the United States Navy as a US Navy SEAL. As both a Senior Enlisted Leader and an Officer, he developed, executed and managed training, and led worldwide deployable Naval Special Warfare elements.

 

His firearms and Range Officer qualifications include:

  • Naval Special Warfare Range Operations Safety (K--431--0100)

  • Navy Instructor (NEC 9502)

  • Naval Special Warfare Sniper Instructor

  • Naval Special Warfare Laser Range Safety Officer

  • Naval Special Warfare Fire and Maneuver Range Safety Officer

  • Naval Special Warfare Close Quarters Combat Range Safety Officer

 

He began working at the Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity as an independent contractor in October 2012. As a certified Department of Defense firearms instructor, his daily tasks include basic and advanced firearms instruction and range safety supervision.

 

MARK P

Mark retired from the Allentown Police Department in 2005. His assignments included Patrol as an officer on a rotating platoon and a steady tactical shift to address high crime areas. He was also assigned to the vice squad for 5 years doing undercover drug and prostitution investigations. He was promoted to a Platoon Sergeant following those assignments. During this time, he began teaching at the department’s state certified Academy more and was eventually moved to the training division. Mark was certified as a general instructor as well as a Firearms, Use of force, Defensive Tactics and Physical Fitness instructor. He finished his career at the Allentown Police Academy as the primary Firearms Instructor and Assistant Director of training. He has been through numerous schools and training regarding Firearms and Use of Force. Prior to his retirement, he began working for the NRA in the Law Enforcement Division. His duties included administering their Firearms Instructor schools and he is certified in all disciplines. While at the NRA, he was also assigned to review and approve lesson plans and courses of fire submitted by agencies for approval. He continues to teach for the NRA and at the Academy as well as a Combined Firearms Training (CFT) and has retained his PA post certifications.

 

RAFAEL

Rafael is currently a United States Army Staff Sergeant with 10 years of active-duty service and six years of service in the reserves. Rafael’s primary military occupational skill (MOS) is 37F Psychological operations Team leader. In addition to Rafael’s primary MOS he holds a secondary MOS of 11B Infantry team leader. During Rafael’s 16-year career he served in many operational units and instructor positions. Rafael served three years as a Machine gunner and one year as team leader in the 82nd Airborne, and nine Years as a Team chief in a Tactical Psychological Operations company. Rafael deployed four times to combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rafael is also a member of the United States Army Reserves Competitive Marksmanship Unit (USARCMP). Rafael served as an instructor for the USARCMP training soldiers in rifle, pistol and machine gun. Rafael has been a competitive shooter since 2008. In the fall of 2017 Rafael took a position as an independent contractor instructor at Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity (AFETA) for the Department of Defense. He currently serves as a certified lead firearms instructor for the DOD.

 

CHUCK

Chuck is a retired Infantry Officer with 22 years active-duty service with the Marines Corps. While on active duty, he served in multiple Infantry Battalions including the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment where he was responsible for leading and training a 50-man globally deployable anti-terrorism and security force that responded to multiple crisis events in Haiti, Cuba, Bahrain and Kuwait (Desert Shield/Storm). Chuck has served on Special Duty overseas in support of the State Department and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) where he coordinated and conducted bilateral training, security and deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a certified NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor and currently works as a certified DoD firearms instructor at the Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity (AFETA).

 

MATT

Matt is a retired First Sergeant with 24 years of active-duty service with the Marine Corps. He served in Combat Arms units and Special Duty assignments overseas with the State Department. Throughout his military career, Matt served in multiple senior leadership and training positions. In addition, he obtained (VCU) while on active duty. For the past fourteen years Matt has worked as an independent contractor instructor at Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity (AFETA) , Department of Defense (DoD). He is a certified lead firearms instructor for the DOD as well as a certified NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor. To round out his extensive firearms expertise, Matt continues to maintain his experience in instructing field craft, hunting and survival techniques.

 

GORDON

Gordon is a retired United States Marine Gunner (CWO-4) with 27 years of active-duty service. Gordon’s primary military occupational skill (MOS) is 0306 Infantry Weapons Officer. In addition to Gordon’s primary MOS he held numerous primary and secondary MOS’S some of them being 0369 Infantry Unit Leader and 8532 small arms weapons/ combat weapons instructor. During Gordon’s 27-year career he served in both operational units and instructor billets. Gordon served as a Marine Gunner for an Infantry battalion, light armored reconnaissance battalion and the Marine Corps security force regiment; where completed multiple deployments in support of OIF / OEF and deployed globally in support of the security force regiment’s mission. Gordon also served as the Marine Gunner for the Marine Corps Tactical Training Exercise Control Group (TTECG) and the Marine Corps Basic School (TBS) and served as the Director of the Infantry Weapons Officers Course (IWOC). While enlisted, he achieved the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and was trained and employed as a machine-gunner, mortarman, assault man, marksmanship coach and trainer. Gordon has held the billets of a section leader, platoon sergeant, platoon commander and operations chief in operational units. He has instructed at the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, TBS, the Infantry Officers Course (IOC) and the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS). During his instructor duties, Gordon held the billets of instructor, chief instructor, instructor training chief and operations chief. In the spring of 2018 Gordon retired from the Marine Corps and took a position as an independent contractor instructor at Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity (AFETA) for the Department of Defense. He currently serves as a certified firearms instructor for the DOD. Gordon has recently begun working with Combined Firearms Training with the intent to provide quality, effective, relevant and affordable training to our law enforcement
and Military community.

 

ALEX I.

After spending four years in the United States Marine Corps conducting countless combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of a Mobile Assault Platoon, Alex was tasked with training Marines in various forms of specialized warfare. After leaving the Marine Corps in 2010, he continued his service by providing close protection services for wealthy families, corporate officers and media personalities in Hollywood, California. Driven to a higher purpose, he decided to leave his position in Hollywood and travel back overseas to Kabul, Afghanistan. There he worked as a member of the Embassy Liaison Unit providing close protection for the Secretary of State, The First Lady of Afghanistan and US Ambassadors. Alexander provided these services for the next five years, working directly with Diplomatic Security Services and other agencies. Currently, Alex serves as the Vice President of Peacemaker Defense Group. Pulling from his first-hand knowledge of special warfare and close protection to provide Peacemaker Defense Group with expertise, training and direction.