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These instructors were selected not just by their resumes but by their experiences that qualify what they will teach. They donate their time to be part of this symposium. Meet your 2014 instructors below:

   
Jason Beighley Course:
Tactical Entries: A Perspective
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Sergeant Major Jason Beighley served 25 years in the United States Army. He retired in 2009 as the Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Combat Development Directorate for the highest priority combat unit in the Army. SGM Beighley served in the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and US Army Special Operations Command. His assignments included positions as a Team Leader, Assistant Team Leader, Master Breacher, Assistant Operations SGM, and Assault Weapons Development Expert. He deployed on multiple combat missions to Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. With over 10 years experience as a Senior Assaulter, SGM Beighley is an accomplished trainer of CQB tactics, specifically focused on high-risk entries for Tactical Teams in law enforcement and the military.

Entry tactics are not complicated. They should be built on basic principles, applicable to many problem sets, easy to teach and recall under stress, prevent operational clutter and enhance officer safety. These principles are based on ancient methods, proven in the real world, and are time-tested. Jason brings his experienced tactical knowledge to this discussion that promises to be thought-provoking.

   
Travis Cumming Course:
Counter Terrorism for Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies

Travis has been a member of the Little Rock Police Department since 2000. He is currently assigned as a team leader on the SWAT unit, with more than 600 operational activiations. Travis supervises the unit's full time squad and is over the SWAT unit snipers. Travis is a counter terrorism tactics instructor at the Direct Action Response Center in North Little Rock, AR. Travis is also the president of the Arkansas Tactical Officer's Association.

Travis has developed a counter terrorism operations plan for the Little Rock Department, and is in the process of writing a department wide counter terrorism policy. The SOP will provide responding officers with the tools to identify that an attack has occurred, isolate the immediate threat, and contain the area until the SWAT unit can address the threat, while limiting officer and civilian casualties. Addtionally, the presentation will educate officers about the various types of terrorist organizations, and how to recognize potential targets in their jurisdictions. This will allow officers to become more vigiliant in their day to day activities, and assist them in recognizing and documenting suspicious activity. 

 

 
 

Jason Deary (top)
Dave Gerardo (middle)
Chris Ladd (bottom)

Course:
Attic Apprehension Turned Fatal

On January 24, 2011, K-9/SWAT Officer Jeff Yaslowitz was assisting the U.S. Marshals Service in affecting the capture of a dangerous fugitive. Jeff entered the attic of a home where the suspect was hiding and was subsequently shot and killed. A Deputy U.S. Marshal was also wounded by gunfire. Sgt. Tom Baitinger was gunned down as well, trying to save Jeff from within the attic. We will discuss this event in detail in an effort to prevent a tragedy such as this from ever repeating.

Sergeant Jason Deary is a 16 year veteran of the St. Petersburg Police Department. He has been assigned to the Patrol Division for his entire career, working in the Community Policing Unit as well as the Department's Downtown Deployment Team. Jason has served on the Department's SWAT Team for 14 years, virtually all of which he has been the Team's lead breacher. Jason is a Team Leader and is also involved in training and planning.

Sergeant David Gerardo has been a member of the St. Petersburg Police Department since 1999. He joined the SPPD SWAT Team more than a decade ago. Dave previously served as a Team Leader, and currently serves as the Team's Assistant Commander. In addition to operational duties, he has been involved in training coordination as well as equipment research and procurement. His areas of specialty include high risk warrant entries, shield work and armored vehicle tactics.

Chris Ladd has served as an Officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department for 24 years. He was selected for the K9 Unit in 1991 and has been devoted to the Unit for the past 23 years. He has personally trained and worked four patrol dogs, one of which was dual trained in narcotics. He presently is partnered with a single purpose Firearms Detection Dog. Over these years, Chris has been certified in his state as a Canine Team Trainer and Evaluator and has either trained or assisted in the training of numerous dog teams in the Tampa Bay area. In November of 2010, he was assigned to the position of Canine Trainer and is responsible for the training and management of the Department’s 14 K-9 Teams.

 

Dave Garner (L)
Dan Gallowway (R)

Course:
Tactical Toolbox

Sergeant Daniel G. Galloway has been a member of the Baltimore County Police Department since 1997.  He has over ten years experience on the SWAT Team and has participated in hundreds of search and seizure warrants as well as barricade/hostage rescue incidents.  Sergeant Galloway has served as an operator, sniper and supervisor on the team. He is currently a member of the tactical assault element and supervises the execution of high risk warrants and resolution of critical incidents.

CorporalDavid T. Garner has over 24 years of law enforcement experience. He spent 14 years as a K-9 handler and trainer with the Baltimore County Police Department. During that time he handled and trained Patrol, Narcotic, Explosive, SAR and SWAT dogs for his agency. After being promoted in 2007, Cpl. Garner left the K-9 unit and joined his department’s full time SWAT Team. He is currently a Tactical Team supervisor and operator and handles the teams’ only SWAT-K9.

Different deployment situations call for different approaches and tactics. Dan and Dave will talk about tactics that work for them.Operating with a full-time SWAT team, with hundreds of deployments between them they are qualified to discuss how, why, and the importance of having more than "one way" in your toolbox.

   
Jeff Geoghagan Course:
Use of Force- A Guide for the Practitioner

Jeff Geoghagan is a 20 veteran of local level law enforcement. He is currently employed with the City of Seattle and assigned to the Seattle Police Department SWAT Team (The City of Seattle SWAT team is a full time team comprised of four squads of six officers and one supervisor each.) In his career with the City of Seattle Officer Geoghagan has served as a patrol officer, a bicycle patrol officer, a member of ACT (Anti-Crime Team), a BLEA Instructor (Basic Law Enforcement Instructor), an instructor with the Department's Advanced Training Unit, and a SWAT Team member. As a member of the SWAT Team Officer Geoghagan has served as the primary instructor for topics including Active Shooter, Less Lethal, PIT, Use of Force, and Sniper Operations. Additionally, Officer Geoghagan is currently the lead instructor for the Basic and Advanced Sniper courses in Washington State. Officer Geoghagan is also a competitive endurance athlete with 9 Ironman Triathlon finishes, 2 Ultraman Triathlon finishes, and a Boston Marathon qualifier and finisher.

Most officers know what "reasonable force" is but they don't know how to explain their actions relative to the legal concept by which the force they use is compared. The legal concepts that surround police use of force were decided on and areinterpreted by those with no experience in their practical application. The better an officer understands these concepts AND how they are practically applied the quicker he/she can process information and make a use of force decision. This class is a light review of those concepts but a heavy focus on how they are best applied in practice supported by real life experiences.

   
Pat Hickcox Course:
Is Your Team Night Vision Capable?

Pat Hickcox served 23 years with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Phoenix, AZ. His assignments included; Team Leader of the full-time Tactical Operations Unit, Supervisor in a Multi-Agency HIDTA Meth Lab Task Force, Homicide Supervisor and retiring as a Class Sergeant at the Basic Training Academy. Pat also served 8 years in the U.S. Army including Civil Affairs Team Sergeant in Baghdad, Iraq in 2004-2005. Pat is the founding member and current Training Coordinator for the Arizona Tactical Officers Association.

This lecture and discussion will focus on the advantages and limitations of the use of night vision devices by domestic LE SWAT teams; including operational considerations, a systematic approach to building a NVD capable kit. Safety issues, building an NVD training program for your team and establishing an IR laser policy.

   
Scott Johnson Course:
Phoenix Az- Hostage Rescue Debrief
Scotty Johnson has served as a Phoenix Police officer for 25 years. The first 10 years of service were in patrol as a uniform officer and plain clothes officer working vice and narcotics. The last 15 years of service have been with the Special Assignments Unit (SWAT). Scotty has previously served as a team leader, participated in the curriculum development as well as lead instructor for the teams’ mechanical/explosive, vehicle interdiction, high angle rescue/rappel, and physical fitness testing programs. He currently fulfills the position of breacher for one of the 5 teams, while concurrently providing services as a team TLO (terrorism liaison officer), EMT, maintenance of live fire shoot house, and driver of armored vehicles. Scotty also provides instruction in the areas of firearms, CQB/HRT, dignitary protection, tubular assaults, technical equipment, SCBA, and less lethal/gas.

Scotty will debrief a subject that kidnapped and raped his ex-wife before taking the children hostage and barricading himself in a 3rd party residence. Issues faced and lessons learned: interagency communication/briefing, non-responsive negotiations, breaches, ballistic protection, and plan of action when the “bad guy” displays behavior outside the norm.

   
Matt Killam

Course:
Intelligence Operations - Tactical Analysis for Operational Planning (Fusion Cell Ops)

Matthew Killam is an intelligence specialist with expertise in Signals Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and support to Special Operations elements. He is a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant and SIGINT Analyst with over 20 years’ experience. He served 12 years in the Special Operations community in a number of capacities from analyst to Squadron Intelligence Officer building intelligence to develop the operational portion of the national counter-terrorism strategy, guide counter-network and man-hunting operations, and support dynamic and strong-point assaults. Mr. Killam has served on the National Security Agency’s Intelligence Analysis Staff and is a graduate of the NSA’s analytic professionalization program. Mr. Killam provided operational intelligence in support of every major US military operation since Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, including 8 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Killam is currently the Senior Program Manager for Intelligence Operations for Fulcrum Concepts, LLC. He serves as a counter-terrorism and intelligence systems expert and trainer for Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, local law enforcement and various other Federal and executive clients.
   
Danny King Course:
Realities of Deadly Force Encounters

Danny began his law enforcement career in 1998 after joining a 400 man police department in the Las Vegas area. He has served a Patrol Officer, K9 Handler, SWAT Dog Handler, Street Crimes/Problem Solving Detective and now as a Training Officer. While he provides all types of In-Service training, he specializes in Use of Force, and Critical Incidents Reviews. He is a certified Force Science Analyst, OIS Survivor, and former Army Flight Medic.

When you’ve worked the streets for years, thousands of calls for service, traffic stops, arrests, and high stress incidents, each day will be like every other day….until, that is, someone tries to kill you. After surviving this “surreal” experience you’ll be expected to
recount events that you may not even be aware of.
Based on years of first hand experience and the teachings of Force Science, Danny will explain how your behavior, decision making, vision, memory and other physiological factors change under extreme stress. After this class, you’ll know how your body will likely respond, how to better train, and where to find the scientific use of force resources for help after an Officer Involved Shooting.

   

Katie Lawson

Course:
Officer Involved Shooting / The Will To Survive

Sgt. Katie Lawson joined the Oklahoma City Police Department in 2006. She is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. Since her employment with the police department she has worked in various units, such as Patrol, Vice, Child Abuse Unit, and she did a short time with the DEA office. Sgt. Lawson is currently assigned to a specialized unit within the Operations Bureau. Sgt. Lawson is also a member of her department's Negotiator Team and Honor Guard.

On August 29, 2010, only with the department for 4 years, Katie was ambushed with an assault rifle while working patrol assisting an Oklahoma County Deputy on a DUI arrest. She sustained several gunshot wounds from this critical incident, but by the grace of God, and her will to survive, she had a miraculous recovery and was able to return to work a few months later.

   

Ron McCarthy

Course:
-Counter Ambush and Advanced Field Tactics
-Patrol Supervisors Tactics and Leadership

Ron McCarthy is a trainer for the Safariland Training Group and provides instructor training for SWAT and Patrol less lethal and tactical options. Rod served as a Los Angeles police officer for 24 years. He was assigned to the Department's Tacticl Unit, Metro Division, for 20 years and retired from SWAT as the senior supervisor and assistant commander in 1984. Ron served as the Chief of Tactical Operations for the US Department of Energy from 1984-1986. He was the Director of the Deadly Force Training Grants for the US Department of Justice and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) from 1986-1992 and served as Manager of IACP's Center for Advanced Police Studies from 1988-1992.

In 1993, Ron serverd as a member of the view team at the request of the US Department of Justice regarding the WACO-Branch Davidian Confrontation with ATF and FBI. He testified before the US Congress on behalf of the agencies involved. In 2006, Ron served as a review member and tactical expert regarding the FBI's confrontation with a major terrorist in Puerto Rico. He has conducted format reviews of critical incidents for Portland, OR, the State of GA, Albuquerque, NM, Tulsa, OK, New York City, and Cobb County, GA, to name a few. Ron is qualified in federal and state courts as an expert witness in police tactics, field operations, SWAT and use of force.

Ron was awarded the LAPD Medal of Valor for action against the Symbionese Army in 1975, and the Police Star for the rescue of hostages in 1983. He was presented with the National Tactical Officers Association Award for Excellence in 1990, the All-American Hero Award for his service to law enforcement throughout the US in 1995, the National Tactical Officers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 and the California Association of Tactical Officers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

Counter Ambush and Advanced Field Tactics:
The lecture focuses around the setup and assassination of American law enforcement officers. Each year 10% or more are murdered by ambush. Approximately, every 25-30 years, that percentage of officers murdered by ambush jumps higher due to politics, unemployment, and racial discord. Law enforcement police training often does not cover this topic until it reaches tragically high numbers. It is possible for a patrol officer working alone to defeat an ambush setup by multiple suspects. This training will show you how to win.

Patrol Supervisors Tactics and Leadership:
Patrol officers and sergeants who understand police tactics, use-of-force options and who can provide the leadership necessary will save lives and careers. This training clearly provides the tactical solutions to those events that bring criticism upon the agency and the officer. A clear path is offered to learn how to lead and what to do when confronted with a chaotic event and leadership is confused or absent. The art of winning the confrontation must be followed with the second half of a violent encounter and that is the investigation and litigation. This lecture will cover those issues.

   

Jeff McMullen

Course:
Tactical Casualty Care for Law Enforcement Officers

Jeff McMullen has over 20 years of experience in Emergency Medical Services and has spent the last 16 years with the Denver Paramedic Division.  Jeff has extensive experience as a paramedic treating trauma victims in a high volume urban 911 emergency medical services system. Since 2008 Jeff has held various positions within the Paramedic Division’s education department and in that time has taught hundreds of students all aspects of pre-hospital emergency medical care and trauma management. He is a certified Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) instructor for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and contributed extensively to the development of their Tactical Casualty Care for Law Enforcement course. Since the completion of course development he has delivered the training to over 500 officers to include local, state and federal agencies.

Using both lecture and hands on practice Jeff will provide officers the critically needed trauma management skills that will save their own life or the life of a fellow officer before the arrival of EMS.
   

Charles Moser

Course:
Intermediate Barriers and Operational Debrief of Chartered Circle

Charles Moser served as a US Navy Seal, Team 5, from 1990-1996. He started his career in law enforcement with Las Vegas Metro Police Department in 2000. Since 2005 he has been assigned to the SWAT team as their lead sniper. Charles conducts training for the 10 man sniper section as well as running the LVMPD Basic Sniper course.

In this course Charles will talk about shooting through residential glass, cockpit/aircraft glass, stucco walls and more. Charles will also debrief a recent hostage call that is applicable to this topic.

 
 
Chuck Savickis Course:
Idaho Manhunt - A debrief

FBI agent Chuck Savickis is currently an Assault Team Leader on the FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) based out of Quantico, VA. He has been an HRT Operator for the past 11 years. He has conducted both criminal and counter terrorism operations throughout the United States and abroad, as well as, performed multiple Dept. of Defense Deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa in support of the GWOT. Prior to HRT he served 6 years in the FBI New York Field Office where he worked Drugs, Organized Crime, Undercover, and FBI SWAT Operations. Prior to his employment with the FBI he served 5 years as a US Navy SEAL and deployed throughout the Western Pacific Area of Operations.

Chuck will debrief a massive manhunt for a murderer/kidnapper, James Lee DiMaggio. James Lee DiMaggio killed an 8 year old boy, his mother, and kidnapped the boy's a 16 year old sister. The manhunt led the FBI on a trail through multiple States until ending in Idaho, where the FBI did kill James Lee DiMaggio and rescued the 16 year old female.

   
Darrell Simmons
Douglas Hurley
Course:
"Where the fight is, Is where you fight."
In Memory of Sgt. Eric Stein, Keokuk County Sheriff's Office

Special Agent Darrell Simmons started his law enforcement career with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) graduating from the 22nd Iowa Department of Public Safety Basic Academy in 1995.  From 1995 through 1999 S/A Simmons was assigned to the DCI’s Gaming Unit.  In the fall of 1999 S/A Simmons transferred to the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE).  S/A Simmons was assigned to the Clandestine Laboratory Response Team (CLERT) where he was responsible for investigating individuals and groups who were manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine throughout North East Iowa.  S/A Simmons also worked in an undercover capacity making controlled buys of illegal narcotics and weapons.  During S/A Simmons time with the DNE, S/A Simmons testified as an expert in state and federal court on numerous occasions.  In April 2006 S/A Simmons transferred back to the DCI’s Major Crime Unit.  As part of the Major Crime Unit, S/A Simmons is responsible for investigating and testifying in a variety of felony cases to include homicide, embezzlement, public corruption, officer involved shootings, sexual assault, bank robbery, kidnapping, and missing persons.

Special Agent Doug Hurley (not pictured) has been employed with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement since 1997, conducting covert and overt narcotics investigations. Special Agent Hurley instructs in areas of narcotics investigations, search warrant preparation and execution, confidential source management, clan lab hazards, drug endangered children, firearms and open sight rifles. To date, Special Agent Hurley has investigated and dismantled in excess of 400 methamphetamine laboratories and serves as an expert witness in both state and federal courts.  Prior to working with DNE, Special Agent Hurley was a Gaming Enforcement Officer for the Division of Criminal Investigation working in the Burlington/Ft. Madison, Iowa area from 1994 through 1997. Special Agent Hurley is a 1993 graduate of Central Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is an original founding member of the Iowa Narcotics Officers Association, currently serving as the Director at Large.  

This presentation will take an in-depth look from start to finish of the tragic shooting that occurred in Keokuk County, Iowa on April 4, 2011.  On that date, Keokuk County Sheriff Jeff Shipley, Chief Deputy Casey Hinnah and Sergeant Eric Stein attempted to make contact with Jeffrey Krier at Krier’s residence located in rural Sigourney, Iowa as part of a follow-up investigation.  Krier was suspected of making threatening telephone calls, firing weapons into occupied structures, and breaking into a residence in search of his make-believe wife who he felt had been kidnapped and was being taken to Texas.

   
 


Aaron Tyerman
Timothy Sigel

Course:
Care Under Fire Training

Aaron Tyerman has been a paramedic and Deputy Chief for the last 19 years with a large metropolitan department with an emphasis on special operations. National lecturer on Active Shooter, Mass Casualty, combat medicine, Air Operations, and medicine in austere environments.

Timothy Sigel has been a sheriff’s deputy for a large metropolitan department for the last 25 years, SWAT operator for the last 13 with an emphasis on entry and sniper. National lecturer on Active Shooter mitigation.

Care Under Trains law enforcement how to react immediately following being wounded. Effective techniques on hemorrhage control, airway, management, patient extraction, and tactical movement decisions are taught throughout the course.

 

 

Brett Titus Course:
SWAT's Most Overlooked Tool-K9

Brett started his career in law enforcement in 1993 with the Denver Police Department. In 1999, he was assigned to the full-time METRO SWAT/K9 Unit where he continues to work today. With well over 1000 deployments his training comes from experience not theory.

Brett breaks down almost every aspect of the K9/SWAT world. From beginning of K9 selection to deploying with a team this presentation will benefit all patrol K9 teams, SWAT operators and all levels of supervision.

With a properly selected and trained K9 team everyone becomes safer. There is reason why Brett's team has coined the phrase, "Paws Before Boots".

 

 

 

 

   


Kathleen D. Vonk

Course:
-Optimal Nutrition Program Design for Tactical Operators
-Functional Fitness Program Design for Tactical Operator
-Designing Appropriate Fitness Tests for Tactical Teams

Kathleen Vonk has been a police officer since 1988. She retired from the Ann Arbor Police Department in Michigan, and is currently with the Nevada Highway Patrol. She designed and implemented the Public Safety Wellness Instructor Course for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, for which she is a subject matter expert, consultant and instructor-trainer. She is the Fitness Chairperson for the National Tactical Officer's Association, and the column editor for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Tactical Strength and Conditioning program. She is a part-time faculty member of the Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor Michigan and has been the primary fitness instructor for the WCC Police Academy since 2001. She is an adjunct instructor for Team One Network teaching officer survival skills courses, and has taught survival and pistol courses for Heckler & Koch International Training Division (H&K). She is a certified firearms instructor, H&K Pistol Instructor, RedMan Simulation Training Instructor, Simunition Supervisor, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Health Promotion Director and Certified Physical Fitness Specialist by the Cooper Institute, and is a field training officer for her agency. Since 1993 she has been a certified Police Cyclist and Police Cyclist Instructor-Trainer by the International Police Mountain Bike Association, and a certified League Cyclist Instructor by the League of American Bicyclists. In 2004 she consulted with and wrote the "Model Policy" and "Concepts and Issues" publication for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), which is still being disseminated by the IACP today. Kathy has published numerous articles in many national and international publications regarding police cycling, officer survival, firearms and tactics, fitness, and police performance under stress.

Optimal Nutrition Program Design for Tactical Operators
Attendees will learn how to figure their daily caloric requirements, then tailor their carb/protein/fat intake to their specific needs and wants (build muscle mass, decrease body fat, increase physical performance…). Safe and effective guidelines will be covered for long-term results, as well as recommended intake ratios specifically for emergency service personnel. Common myths, proven methods, and gender differences will also be covered.

Functional Fitness Program Design for Tactical Operators
Which fitness fad is best for emergency service professionals? Crossfit, Olympic lifting, resistance training, muscular endurance exercises, cardiovascular endurance/power? The market is filled with information overload and conflicting data. This class will simplify physical fitness so that operators will be able to design their own appropriate fitness programs based on time limitations, job demands, and gender differences.

Designing Appropriate Fitness Tests for Tactical Teams
This is an interactive learning course on designing a fitness test specific to your team and geographic region. The class will engage in a task analysis to determine which physical fitness events are appropriate, as well as addressing intensity levels, time limits, and proper chronological order in which the events should be implemented. Each attendee will walk away with a complete sample fitness test from which a base can be built upon to design and implement an appropriate pre-selection and/or annual fitness test for their agency/team.

   

Jeff Whitbeck

Course:
Police Ammunition Trends: An overview of modern service ammunition

Jeff Whitbeck is a seventeen year veteran of the St. Paul (MN) Police Department, and has served in patrol, street-level narcotics, and range assignments. He has been a member of the SPPD swat team for seven years, and serves as a sniper and entry team member. Jeff is currently the range master for the department, with an overall responsibility for all firearms related topics.

With increased technology, resources and experience, police ammunition has changed and the options for police officers and agencies has improved drastically. This block of instruction will highlight recent changes and give real-world analysis of modern service ammunition. Topics will include analysis of common police ammunition in use, ballistic performance comparisons, FBI ballistic protocol, penetration considerations, etc.. The goal of the block of instruction is to share the most up to date information on available ammunition in an effort to improve the effectiveness of officers, and increase officer and public safety.

   
Chuck Yerry Course:
Breaching

SGM Chuck “CHAZ” Yerry has been in the US Army since 1989 and has served in some of the most advanced specialized units in the world. The story of his challenges have reached and motivated men to accomplish whatever they want no matter what the endeavor across the spectrum of military and businesses around the country. He was a Ranger in 2/75 Ranger Regiment for four years and then a R.I.P. Instructor for a year in the 75th Ranger Regiment where he took the opportunity to excel to the next level and went on to serve in the Special Operations community for the rest of his career serving in every leadership position. In 2005 while a Team Leader he was severely injured in Iraq and lost one of his legs above the knee, along with multiple secondary injuries in the process of getting out of country where he ended up in Walter Reed Army Hospital. He returned to serve for four more rotations in many capacities supporting combat operations in country in his unit. SGM Yerry then began to support operations back home in management and leadership positions that allowed him to once again lead men in a supporting role but still be in the fight as a leader in Advanced Technologies R&D, the K9 section, and Language Program. After serving 25 years in the Army he is looking forward to his next leadership challenges in the civilian world. He has attended most all of the Army’s special operations schools. After attending an Internship with the Border Patrols SOG BORTAC Special Missions Unit in El Paso TX he retired and now works as a consultant for Law Enforcement and the president of a non-profit that supports Special Operations K9 lost in combat.

Chuck has spent his entire Special Operations career as a team Breacher where he helped build programs and tactics. He was a Master Breacher for over three years and has worked with breachers from multiple CT units from around the world and has trained advanced breaching for over a decade. He will express his passion in the science of manual, mechanical, dynamic shotgun, and explosive breaching.


 
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