Instructor Questioning Technique

During periods of classroom instruction one of the best methods of confirming that students are retaining the material is to ask questions. Asking confirmation questions also sets a framework to encourage students to pay attention…


A Sincere Thank You to Fellow Warriors

I recently deployed with my protectee to New York City during the United Nations General Meeting. During our short time there I had the opportunity to work with some truly awesome Warriors and see some…


An unlikely but likely encounter…and always a learning opportunity 


Social Media Warrior Page

I have been on social media for some time now, but only recently added some functions to the blog. I know some Warriors aren’t big on Facebook or Tweeter, even though there is a lot…


2 Quick Shooting Qualification Tips

I recently had a situation where one of my former students approached me for some help as she had recently failed her annual pistol re-qualification. I had previously given her some advice, which she had…

Small Unit Leadership

Small Unit Leadership

In it’s simplest form this book is about developing fundamental skills of leaders in the Army. But it is not just for Army leaders, as the knowledge in this book can be applied to all Warrior fields or any industry that wants to improve the foundation of their command effectiveness.

820th Airborne Red Horse conduct air drop and sling load training on Nellis AFB

Complete Leadership

There is a big misconception out there between the relationship of management and leadership. A lot of people strongly believe that as a leader you are not necessarily a manager and that mangers are not necessarily leaders. The true fact of the matter is that in order to effectively lead people you must posses the skills of a manager. As well managers will have greater success in executing their duties if they also have the skills of a leader. The term manager is often associated with resources, numbers and logistics. Whereas leaders are often described as those who can influence the behaviors of others. Well in reality if you are an ineffective manager then you will be an ineffective leader and vice versa. Ineffective leaders are usually a product of their inabilities in relation to the management of resources, finances, logistics and processes. Ineffective managers may have the necessary administrative skills however they lack the influential component of leadership.


Why do Warriors Need Combative training?

I am a big endorser of anything relating to combatives, fighting arts and physical protection skills. I have honed my skills over the years and helped others develop theirs. A big problem I have noticed lately is a decrease in offensive fighting skills when it comes to recruit and in service training for many organizations. This wouldn’t be an issue if our world had become less violent, with a decrease in attacks on Warriors. Although I do not have any statistics to back up this point, I believe that violence is increasing and attacks on those who protect others are also on the rise. I strongly believe that Warriors involved in training, leading and front line operations need to increase their fighting skills; for the following reasons.


The Greatest Professional Development Tool Ever!

Like many Professional Warriors, I have struggled for years to balance time and money, in the search to constantly improve my skills. I have sought every opportunity for training both through my various employers and on my own time and on my own dime. As my career and family progressed I found it so much more difficult to continue my life long pursuit of knowledge; until now.


Instructor More Than a Piece of Paper

Over 15 years ago I completed my first defensive tactics instructor course. It was 5 days long and I walked away with a piece of paper and an attitude that I was invincible. This new found confidence (or cockiness) gave me the motivation to begin down a path that has followed me every since. Fortunately for my students, myself and the organizations I worked for, I learned and developed along the way.