With over 40 years of combat Military and Law Enforcement experience, our instructors each bring a unique skillset to the table. We are all students first and constantly push each other to new heights. Each of us is charged with seeking outside training ourselves and are required to push the envelope and redevelop curriculum. We have fought and won overseas and here in our communities and we leverage our victories and our lessons learned to prepare you for anything. We take knowledge, first hand experience and training from Military, LE and the competitive shooting world and put forth training that is as practical as it is enjoyable to be a part of. Our instructors have fought and competed against some of the best and worst that humanity has to offer. Meet the staff who have taken and passed a stringent indcoc process to earn their place on our team.
Chris spent 14 years on active/reserve duty with 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines. During his time as an Infantry Marine, Chris Deployed 3 times in support of OIF and OEF. He then spent 7 years with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department where he was a member of the SWAT Sniper team. He is now a civilian who continues to push himself to new limits. Chris also helped establish and served on his churches PSD and security/first responder team. Always a student first, Chris uses his experience and continued learning to instruct and empower. He does this with the goal of equipping everyone who trains with SPECtrain with the same confidence, awareness, and proficiency that he expects from his Instructor Cadre and himself. -
"For he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer." - Romans 13:4
Ed is a 7 year Combat Veteran with the US Army. During his service with the Army, Ed attended 2 sniper/marksmanship courses and deployed with the 2nd infantry out of Ft Lewis WA to Iraq in support OIF 1 and 2. He has since been with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for 10 years. During his time as a Police Officer, Ed participated in a grueling and highly competitive tryout process and was selected to the CMPD SWAT team. Ed and Chris were partners in a high crime area of Charlotte and served on SWAT together.
Rikki is a combat veteran of the US ARMY with the 1st Armored Division, and was deployed throughout Iraq from Tal Afar to Ramadi in a fighting role. He then got his degree in Cognitive Psychology, focusing on problem solving under duress. He then served as a protective security specialist for the State Department in Kandahar and Kabul, Afghanistan as a private contractor.
Billy is an active competitive and defensive shooter with a passion for learning better ways to increase shooting performance, and passing knowledge and skills on to others. Regardless of what skill level his students are at, Billy is dedicated to helping people improve and reach the next level. As an active student, Billy believes in training with experts from a variety of backgrounds in order to put the most helpful and applicable information into his training. He has been a certified instructor and range safety officer for 5 years, including being Certified to teach North Carolina concealed carry permit classes. Billy also has experience and training with teaching, training, and public speaking.
Thomas (@truegeorgiaboy) is our Social Media Photographer and Videopgrapher. As a shooter first, Thomas has taken our content to a whole new level. He provides our guests and clients with lasting memories during our training. He will take all the pictures and videos and make them available to our students for their personal growth and use. We use what he sees and documents to assist with ensuring we are putting the best possible product out for our guests. We use video and pictures to debrief ourselves as instructors to help us continuously improve.
Mark. 7 years Law Enforcement in Gaston County, NC, 2 of which served on a Multi- Jurisdiction SWAT Team. Amateur Competitive Shooter. Mark tends to surround himself more with real world scenario training on and off range. He enjoys training because he want to better serve the needs of his community in his career, during extreme stress incidents, and hold himself to a higher standard. He's part of the team because he feels he has something to give back with his training and experience. Training with a group of guys with a variety of backgrounds also lends hand to putting plentiful amounts of tools in your tool box.
Trey (IG: @just_trey_) is a believer of Christ and avid marksman focused on the mindset and skillset that every day citizens can apply in both self-defense and competitive shooting environments. Trey brings a "common mans" background to the Cadre and instructs with a tone that resonates well with students regardless of their experience level. He is constantly pushing himself and those he trains with by keeping an open mind, challenging the status quo, and always being a student, even when instructing. Trey is also a Certified Range Safety Officer and NAUI Certified Rescue and Advanced SCUBA Diver.
"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity."
- Proverbs 17:17
Taylor is a civilian shooter whose focus and dedication is aimed towards the self-defense lifestyle. He is a firm believer that others should be adept at protecting themselves and their loved ones. He takes a student first approach but is passionate about empowering others with knowledge he has gained throughout his journey. He takes his personal training seriously and enjoys engaging with others who share the same passion for training, learning, and advancing their defensive skills.
Garrett spent 5 years with the United States Marine Corps in 3/6 Scout Sniper Platoon. He graduated from Scout Sniper Basic Course and earned the title of HOG (Hunter of Gunmen), Special Operations Training Group's Urban Sniper, urban and rural reconnaissance courses and a wide array of other sniper, combat medical, and weapons employment courses. His greatest achievement was becoming Chief Scout and 1st Team leader of his platoon allowing him to mold future Scout Snipers, as well as having the opportunity to work alongside some of the best men around during a combat deployment to Syria in support of OIR. He's worked and trained with snipers and SF from the US, Italy, Israel, and Jordan and have a passion for learning as well as teaching. Garrett is a devout follower of Christ, a proud husband and a Law Enforcement Officer.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Logan is a husband, father and Physician Assistant Student (PA-S) at North Greenville University in Greenville, SC. He has 3+ years experience as an EMT/firefighter, during which time he had the privilege of helping provide life saving medical care to a variety of patients involved in GSWs, traumatic accidents and cardiac arrests. Logan has certifications in Basic Life Support (BLS), Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and is a certified instructor for the Stop the Bleed Coalition. Logan is an avid shooter and self defense proponent who participates in shooting competitions and training as often as his personal and academic lives allow. He believes that the knowledge and skills needed to fix holes is just as, if not more, important than knowing how to make them.
JP is a follower of Christ and a hometown product of the Charlotte area. Prior to developing a passion for his training, he was a local college athlete. JP is now an active LEO, who has served with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for 4 years. He also currently serves in the US Army reserves. During his time in law enforcement, JP has worked with a unit that specializes in the apprehension of violent criminals in the same high crime area that Chris & Ed have worked. JP is a strong believer in helping those around him, whether it’s on the range or in life. He prides himself on being able to learn from those around him, and to help share his life experiences for the betterment of others.
“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”
Bryce (IG:brycetyork) spent 6 years in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper assigned to 1-501 IN ABN in Alaska where he served as a team leader in an Infantry squad. He has one tour to Afghanistan (Nangargar and Laghman) serving primarily in a personal security detail capacity.
He now resides in Wilkes County, NC with his wife and dog. His hobby of recreational shooting quickly turned into a passion for defensive training. His goal is to use his experience as a team leader to learn from, and pass on to others as much knowledge as possible.
Mondo is a civilian that picked up shooting as a hobby but quickly it turned into a passion. Mondo has been extremely generous to SPECtrain with his time and space, without which we would not be where we are today. He is committed to protecting his family and those around him. Mondo's skillset has grown and improved exponentially while training with us and it is a testament to the time and effort he puts into every single rep. He enjoys being able to help people learn how to be prepared for the X. Mondo is also a firm follower of Christ (Psalms 144:1)
Josh has been a law enforcement officer for 7 years in Kentucky. In those 7 years Josh has served with 3 agencies in different rolls varying from K-9 Officer, warrant service team, SRT, tactical medic, and patrol. Josh has a passion for training and instructing others using economy of motion and body mechanic principles while shooting. He also received a Tactical Medic instructor certification from the Department of Homeland Security.