Swift | Silent | Deadly

About Justin

I pride myself on being a “Jack of All Trades, Master of a Few.” I can’t shoot a sub-5-second F.A.S.T. Drill, plumb a house, or rebuild an engine. But I can do a whole bunch of things really, really well. Here’s a quick rundown of my life up to this point:

  • Currently practicing Paramedic,
  • Current Search & Rescue (SAR) Team member,
  • Former full-time special operations instructor for the U.S. Military,
  • Former “OGA” contractor with many deployments to Central Asia,
  • Former Marine Raider with deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Philippines,
  • Published author of six books, dozens of online and print magazines, and this blog,
  • Producer and co-host of the Across the Peak Podcast with Rich Brown
  • World traveler with 28 countries and 44/50 U.S. states under my belt (so far),
  • In addition to travel I have lived all over the U.S. – New England, the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, the Southeast, the Midwest – in big cities and very small towns,
  • I spent a year traveling the U.S. as an early adopter of #vanlife

Below is a select list of the training I have attended. This is not all-inclusive, but a sampling of training relevant to the materials I frequently discuss on this site. If you read between the lines a bit you might also be able to figure out a thing or two about my work history.


Firearms & Tactics Training
MARSOF Direct Action & Special Reconnaissance Courses (~16 weeks) – MARSOC
MARSOF Technical Surveillance Course (~12 weeks) – MARSOC
Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (5 days) – MARSOC
Custom CQB Course (5 days) – Blackwater, USA
Pistol/Carbine Course (3 days) – TigerSwan, Inc.
Competition Handgun – Mike Seeklander (my AAR)
Practical Revolvers – Chuck Haggard (my AAR)
Snubnose Revolvers – Greg Ellifritz (my AAR)
Shotgun Skills – Tim Chandler & Ashton Ray (my AAR)
Cognitive Conclave – Erick Gelhaus, John Hearne, & Lee Weems (my AAR)

Medical/Public Safety Training
Tactical Combat Casualty Care (approx 6x) – U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of State
Operator’s Emergency Medical Skills w/ Live Tissue Lab (5 days) – Deployment Medicine, Inc.
Tactical First Aid & Collapse Medicine – Greg Ellifritz
Swiftwater Rescue Technician (TR Series)

Survival Training
Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) – U.S. Navy
Field Survival Course – Randall’s Adventure Training (my AAR)

High Performance Driving Training
Evasive Driving Course (5 days) – Bill Scott Racing
WPPS Personal Security Specialist Course (included 5 days of driving) – Blackwater, USA

Digital Security Training:
Social Engineering for Penetration Testers (5 days) – Chris Hadnagy
Cyber Advanced Support Operations (CASO) (10 days) – White Canvas Group
Commercial Signature Reduction (CSR)(5 days) – Blackhorse Solutions

Covert Entry/Lock Defeat Training
Surreptitious Entry I, II, & III, Vehicle Access I & II (25 training days total) – Undisclosed Provider
Covert Entry Course (5 days) – U.S. Army Counter-Surreptitious Entry School
Basic Alarms Overview Course (5 days) – U.S. Army Counter-Surreptitious Entry School
Basic Locksmithing Course (6 days) – Associated Locksmiths of America