John Eynouf was a Ranger qualified paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne and served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also has served as a Protective Security Specialists (PSS) member and Vehicle Commander assigned to the Quick Reaction Force team on Task Order 9 in Kabul, Afghanistan for two years.
John was responsible for providing movement security, specialized emergency services, and guard services for diplomatic missions in high threat areas. These areas include the protection of life, property, and information of the Department of State. Graduate of WPS 1 and WPS 2 protective security courses, as well as the WPS 2 quick reaction force course, and TCCC qualified. Trained extensively on room entry, small unit tactics, principal recovery, tactical medicine, vehicle extrication, and extraction of a principle from a downed vehicle.
Currently in addition to full firearms and tactics instruction, John also freelances stateside close protection for OPStructure and holds an active Florida D & G License for private security. Staying active in the field is extremely important for John’s philosophy on training curriculums for students training at Paladin Response in any discipline.
Seferino "Sef" Martinez
Seferino “Sef” Martinez was an Infantryman and Combat Marksmanship Coach in 2nd Battalion 1st Marines and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He was also a Protective Security Specialists (PSS) assigned to the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) Bravo entry team on Task Order 9 and a Protective Security Specialist / Firearms Instructor (PSS/FI) in the Firearms Training Unit on Task Order 8 at US Embassy Kabul for a total of 13 deployments over 4 years. He also worked as a contracted Firearms Instructor for the Defense Intelligence Agency as part of their pre-deployment firearms training program. He was tasked with training pre-deployment personnel and sworn DIA Police personnel.
Sef has been a firearms instructor since 2009 and has attended and graduated 3 different instructor courses since that time. He has instructed many different types of students from Special Forces to Police and beginner shooters who have never used a firearm before.
He has an extensive background in static and shooting on the move, room entry, small unit tactics, principal recovery, tactical medicine, vehicle extrication, weapon assembly, disassembly, care, and cleaning as well as formal classroom instruction. Sef currently works as a firearms instructor for a federal agency
Devon Bray began his career as a U.S. Army Paratrooper where he did 8 years and 2 deployments. After the Army he served as a North Carolina Special Police Sergeant for 3 years before he transitioned into security contracting working in high-threat overseas environments for the U.S. Dept. of State for 8 years.
Devon served as Team Leader for the Dept. of State Airwing Quick Reaction Force leading a team of 18 members. He Specialized in Air Operations, Search and Rescue operations, Small Unit Tactics, Vehicle and Aircraft Extrication, Room Entry/Urban Operations, Tactical Medicine, and Active Shooter/ Principal Recovery.
He served as the primary instructor for his team during his time in Kabul. During his work in Kabul Afghanistan, he was awarded the Department of State award for Heroism which was the first time a civilian contractor was awarded this honor.
Devon continues to provide private sector security services and is a licensed executive protection professional based in North Carolina, holding security certifications for Florida, North Carolina, California, and Tennessee. He holds numerous medical certificates ranging from basic CPR/AED to Advance Cardiac Life support and pediatric Advanced Life Support to name a few. He continues to support many corporate and high net-worth clients on a contract basis throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Michael Currier was a Reconnaissance Marine and Scout Sniper with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company and served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve. He has also served as a Protective Security Specialists (PSS), Designated Defensive Marksman (DDM), and Firearms Instructor in Kabul, Afghanistan and Baghdad, Iraq.
He has completed 12 deployments in high threat locations conducting protective operations, offensive operations, and surveillance/counter-surveillance.
Michael began instructing in 2013 as Lead Sniper for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU), Maritime Raid Force. He has instructed for 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, Special Operation Training Group (SOTG) Urban Sniper, Aerial Sniper, USMC Basic Scout Sniper Course, Pale Horse Precision Course, and Triple Canopy.
He holds a Basic Instructor Certification from the Marine Corps and a Basic Field Firearms Officer Course Certification from the Department of State.
Colin Mellinger is currently in the US Army Reserve as a 37F (PSYOP). Previously, he was in the US Marine Corps and served as a Reconnaissance Marine (0321), Scout Sniper (0317), and a qualified Airborne Ranger. During his time with 1st Reconnaissance Company (now a Battalion size element) and 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, Colin deployed with them as part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable (MEUSOC) and directly to Iraq as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Additionally, he has served as a Protective Security Specialist (PSS), Designated Defensive Marksman (DDM), and Vehicle Commander in Kabul, Afghanistan. Colin has several years of Executive Protection (EP) experience for various clients.
Colin was responsible for providing movement security, specialized emergency services, and guard services for diplomatic missions in high-threat areas. These areas include the protection of life property and information of the Department of State. Graduate of the WPS I and WPS II protective security courses, as well as the WPS II QRF force course, and TCCC qualified. Trained and instructed extensively in room entry, small unit tactics, principal recovery, tactical medicine, vehicle extrication, and extraction of a principle from a downed vehicle. He has worked both OCONUS and CONUS in high-threat locations conducting protective operations, offensive operations, and surveillance/countersurveillance. Colin has 13 years in the Military and 10 years of contracting/EP work.
Bill Schaubel started his career in public safety and emergency response as a Military Police officer in the US Army. During his enlistment he was a member of his units Special Reaction Team (SRT) as an entry team member and later as a counter sniper. After leaving the Army, Bill became a police officer in south Florida and started his agency’s first SRT, where he was the Team Leader and Department firearms instructor. Bill graduated the prestigious METRO DADE SRT academy and participated in numerous high-risk arrest and search warrants.
Bill later worked as a State Marshal for the US Supreme court protecting the 7 State of Florida Supreme Court Justices graduating the US Marshals academy. He has worked as a WMD/Clandesine lab/Improvised Explosive devices instructor for the Center for Domestic Preparedness and was recruited to travel to the UAE where he trained their military personnel in IED response and executive protection. Bill continued in the law enforcement sector and held various roles including Port ST Lucie Police Dept, Firearms and Tactics Instructor, State of Florida Armed Security Guard Firearms Instructor, Calhoun County Sheriffs Dept, Firearms Instructor, and Adjunct Instructor: Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Clandestine Labs/Improvised Explosive devices.
Bill then worked for ACADEMI as a Tac Medic, Firearms and personal protective detail instructor and graduated the WPS1 certifications prior to deploying to HERAT Afghanistan and then to Kabul. While in country Bill was assigned to the QRF Rescue and Recovery team and later was the primary limo driver for the wife of the US Ambassador. The team was trained extensively on room entry, small unit tactics, principal recovery, tactical medicine, vehicle extrication, and extraction of a principle from a downed vehicle. Bill is currently a member of the Union county mountain Search and Rescue (SAR) team, is a certified State of Georgia and Nationally Registered EMT, a Wilderness EMT, wilderness medicine instructor and a US Concealed Carry Association Firearms Instructor.
Anthony Nishimura served in Special Operations with the 75th Ranger Regiment and deployed four times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has graduated the US ARMY Airborne School, Ranger School, and US Army Sniper School. Anthony is an expert in small arms, medium to heavy machine guns, and precision rifles and has combat experience as a rifleman, machine gunner, multiple purpose canine handler, and sniper.
Anthony also has served as a Protective Security Specialists (PSS) member for High Profile, Low/Reduced Profile, and the Quick Reaction Force teams on Task Order 2 in Baghdad, Iraq for three years. Anthony completed both the WPS 1 and WPS 2 protective security courses, as well as the WPS 2 Quick Reaction Force (ARFT).
Anthony was responsible for providing movement security, TSS evaluations, route planning and selection, augmenting security for base defense operations during emergencies, and the safeguard of Department of State personnel, and is TCCC and Ranger First Responder qualified. He has significant experience in room entry, small unit tactics, and tactical medicine. He has also trained extensively in vehicle extrication, and personnel extraction from armored vehicles.
Shawn Fausett served 10 years with the US Army and comes from a Special Operations background. He was a member of 3rd Ranger Battalion and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom throughout multiple deployments. Shawn served as a special operations machine gunner, machine gun team leader, and Sniper. He is a graduate of US Army Airborne School, Ranger School and Sniper School, in addition to many other extensive Army training courses. After multiple deployments with 3rd Ranger Battalion, he then furthered his military career as a Counter IED Instructor, Range Safety Officer, and Primary Firearms Instructor.
After the military, Shawn trained Afghan Special Operations teams in small unit tactics, target raids and the capturing and interrogation of High Value Targets. Shawn went on to work for the US Department Of State and DOD for 6 years and deployed more than 12 times as a High Threat Security Specialist, escorting US diplomats and other dignitaries throughout the Middle East by air and vehicle. He served as an Air Wing team leader directing a team of 8-10 members, specializing in principle recovery, search and rescue and close quarter combat.
Shawn currently works as a firearms instructor teaching courses from beginner to advanced instruction and also provides executive and personal protection to high profile individuals/corporations throughout the U.S.
Johnny Lambert served in the Army in the 82nd Airborne Infantry division. His experience during his service includes multiple deployments to Afghanistan in Operation Enduring freedom, and a deployment to Iraq During operation Iraqi freedom. After the Army, Johnny went on to become a Protective Security Specialist (PSS) In Iraq at the Baghdad Embassy in support of Task Order 02. While working as a PSS, Johnny was the limo driver for both low profile and high profile missions, and also was a team member of the Ambassadors Protection Detail.
In addition to his military and security experience, Johnny has 17 years of competitive driving experience and 5 years of experience as a professional driving instructor. As a race car driver he has competed in stage rally, time trials, drifting, and is a former rallycross national champion. His driving instructor experience ranges from vehicle dynamics, motorcade operations, off road and recovery, and even stunt driving instruction.
Gavin Gismondi served in the U.S. Marine corps as a military police officer, Marine security guard, and in the infantry. He served from 2002 to 2009. He has been a nationally registered paramedic since 2010 and was a former SWAT team medic.
Gavin was a Protective Security Specialist- Paramedic (PSS/ EMTP) in support of Task order 9 in Kabul, Afghanistan serving on contract for 3 years. During this time, he was assigned as a medic to the Bravo entry team on the quick reaction force of the US Embassy in Kabul, the US Ambassador’s personal detail, and on the air quick reaction force for the US Embassy in Kabul.
Gavin is a nationally registered paramedic with extensive tactical medical training to include Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC), and Rescue Task Force (RTF). He has designed response plans for mass causality incidents and active shooter response. Gavin is WPS 1 and WPS 2 trained with the QRF rating. He has been an NRA and USCCA firearms instructor since 2019 and is currently a paramedic working for the fire department in Michigan.