Law Enforcement Experience
Our lead instructor retired in 2017 from one of the largest federal law enforcement organizations. George served as a Firearms, Use of Force, and Defensive Tactics instructor. He started on patrol in state and local law enforcement in 1993. In 1996, he was the top marksman from his Border Patrol Academy class. For most of this century, George was a Special Agent conducting criminal investigations. He has worked in groups combating Narcotics Smuggling, Human Trafficking, Weapons Violations, and Child Exploitation. He also worked as an Internal Affairs and National Security investigator. His most recent assignment was on a Joint Terrorism Taskforce. George is a graduate of the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), US Marshals Fugitive Investigations training, and the FBI’s Counterterrorism Investigations and Operations course.
George had over three decades of Air Force and Army service, 13 years of them on active duty, including two deployments to the Middle East. George worked in nuclear and aircraft security, served as a flight medic on tactical aircraft, and ran a small arms armory for an Army Field Artillery battery. His last 11 years (three of them full time) he worked as a firearms instructor at a military shooting range, where he specialized in developing advanced proficiency courses for OSI and SF personnel. He trained Spec Ops warriors including USAF PJs, and often trained the trainers. He was the Top Gun in his Security Police Academy class, and the highest scoring rifle shooter at his Combat Arms Instructor tech school.
Firearms / Defensive Tactics Instructor Experience
George started his teaching career in the early 1980s, on the instructor cadre of the Tactical Leadership Decisions course at the Air Force Academy. He supervised firing on a civilian shooting range in the mid 1980s, and has taught classes to law enforcement, military, and civilians since then. George is a 1999 graduate of the FLETC Firearms Instructor Training Program (FITP), as well as several federal Firearms Instructor Recertification (FI-R) courses since. He also attended an IALEFI (International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors) Master Instructor development program, and is a graduate of the Suarez International Combat Pistol Instructor course, Arizona POST Rifle Instructor school, NRA instructor training, and a Gunsite instructor development program.
George is sometimes a teacher, and always a student. He reads voraciously to keep up with emerging trends and tactics, but the lessons he passes on to you don’t just come from books. World-class instructors Jeff Cooper, Louis Awerbuck, Dennis Tueller, Giles Stock, Bill Dreeland, Clive Shepherd, Jeff Gonzales, Eyal Yanilov, Max Muramoto, Gabriel Suarez, Saulius (“Sonny”) Puzikas, Jim Fuller, Chris Caracci, Roger Phillips, Lou Chiodo, Larry Novak, Peter Tarley, and David Grossman have all trained or lectured him in person. He learned combat mindset from Rodney Knutson, Robin Olds, Bryan Nez, Bill Kirk, Larry Ferguson, Curt LeMay, George’s own father, and numerous other courageous (but less famous) warriors. George has “felt a little heat” on soil both foreign and domestic. Many of George’s students, instructors, and acquaintances have also been involved in gun battles of their own, or stood on “ground zero” investigating shootings right after they occurred. George learns as much as he can from them.
George was an Aeromedical Evacuation Crew Member on C-130Bs and H-3s, as well as a MASF (Medical Air Staging Facility) Assistant NCO In Charge.
George took his first Emergency Medical Technician course in 1992, and is currently a Nationally Registered EMT. He served as a law enforcement tactical medic from 2006 to 2017, and is a graduate of multiple Johns Hopkins Division of Special Operations Tactical Medicine programs. George is a currently certified NAEMT Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) instructor and provider.
George has been a certified instructor for the American Heart Association (AHA), Red Cross, and the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI). He currently teaches numerous ASHI certified programs, as well as the American College of Surgeons Stop the Bleed program.
The Spirit to Serve
These decades of experience have taught George many important lessons, some of them paid for in precious blood. George does not teach for Heloderm LLC to get rich. Rather, his wish is to share those important lessons with you, to keep you and your family safe in this chaotic, violent world.
Larry, also a retired special agent, was a career SWAT operator, and Special Response Team leader. He has instructed dozens of SWAT and Defensive Tactics Instructor schools. Larry holds black belts in different martial disciplines, and has studied various street fighting arts extensively.
Greg is a retired federal agent with decades of firearms instructor experience. Prior to his law enforcement career, he was a United States Marine.
Heloderm is proud to partner with Joel G, Michael G, and other staff instructors of our sister company, Warlizard Tactical.
Partnering with Warlizard not only improves safety during our courses, but it allows us to challenge students with different levels of experience up to their abilities, without holding more experienced students back.
For example, you and your spouse decide to take a course. At a traditional school, you might feel overwhelmed, while your spouse is bored (or vice-versa), on the firing line at the same time. By partnering with other schools, we can divide the class up into sections based on abilities, and train each at their own level simultaneously.
We’re also very blessed to receive logistical support, lesson plan review, drill development and guest instruction from Jay and Leslie O of Crosswalk Readiness, another Tucson based self-protection school.
Depending upon class size and customer needs, Heloderm uses a variety of subject matter experts to hone training programs. We also use volunteer role players to assist with scenarios.