Mike has been a Naval Special Warfare Operator for 9 years with extensive combat operations experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. He served as a JTAC, lead breacher, communications specialist and various other qualifications for his team. He spent his last 3 years in the Navy teaching combat shooting and marksmanship at the Basic Underwater Demolition School (BUDS). He has trained over 1200 Navy candidates, various government agencies, and civilians.
Jay is a former Tier 1 US Military Operator. He served 21 years in the U.S. Army with most of his time in Special Forces; in addition to being a Green Beret, he was a Special Forces Assault Medic, Squadron Senior Medic, and a team member for the elite Combat Applications Group (CAG).
As a 10 year Navy Veteran who served with SEAL Team 2, Chris has completed multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and was also a First Phase Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Instructor. Chris would later become the first person to swim the entire Mississippi River, totaling 2,350 miles across 181 days to honor Gold Star families through the charity organization “Legacies Alive”. Chris is now an instructor for Sure Shot and a Navy contractor.
Lucas is a retired Sergeant First Class Paratrooper from the United States Army. He has multiple deployments ranging from Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He served as a Protective Services Detail Leader and conducted numerous low visibility protective service operations throughout Africa, Europe, and CONUS. He also served as a Special Reaction Team Leader, SRT Instructor, PSD Instructor, and Evasive Driving Instructor.
Sam was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Currently, Sam serves in the National Guard Infantry as a Squad Leader.
Andy recently retired after spending 31 years as a police officer with the Azusa Police Department. He spent 23 years as a member of the SWAT team, 10 of which were spent as a Team Leader. As a Team Leader, he was responsible for regular firearms training, tactical training, operation planning, and oversight. Among several other assignments, he was also the Department Range Master, working with a team of 7 other officers, he is responsible for all department firearms related training to include newly hired and retired officers.
Charles is a former member of the elite US Navy SEALS, a current SWAT Team Operator, and founder of www.swatconceptslv.com. He is an elite Special Operations Operator with extensive education, training, and experience in both the military and civilian law enforcement communities. Charles has more than 24 years of combined education, training, and experience and has merged the best of both the US Navy SEAL and Police SWAT operations in an effort to provide the best tactical training to the general public.
Chris is a former Army paratrooper who first became involved with humanitarian missions in East Africa in the wake of famine.
In 2011 Chris deployed to Japan in the wake of the Tōhoku Event. A major offshore quake, an unprecedented Tsunami followed by a nuclear meltdown, all in one disaster. On the flight home he realized that in order to truly reach people in time, he needed to reach them before he responded. Long before.
Chris is proud to have gone on to serve with the then-fledgling Team Rubicon. On operations from Moore Oklahoma to Op-Seabird in the wake of the Yolanda Hurricane. Chris served on missions whilst helping develop basic responder training and disaster sawyer (chainsaw) curriculums.
The focus of his self-authored class is the human needs of those preparing for terrible events. The skills he teaches are pulled from the situations he has seen other populations face.
He is determined to take the “crazy” out of survival and replace it with Sane and Usable.
Chris is a structural firefighter I & II, a hazardous materials technician and an international disaster responder.
He tells us he is “honored” to have been approached by Team Sure Shot and promises a class that delivers a solid BOOM, even if firearms are absent.