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Director of Training

Frankie McRae is the former head of the US Army Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course (SFARTAETC) at Ft. Bragg N.C.


He served in the 1st Special Forces Group (ABN) Okinawa Japan, in Cco 1st Bn. 1st SFG(A) (C-1-1) where he was an assault team leader for F team, Troop 1.


He also served as a Troop SGM Troop 1 and Team SGT ODA-354 in B co 2nd Bn 3rd SFG(A) CIF in IRAQ as an Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Force (ICTF) Company SGM advisor and combat leader on many missions in Iraq and also attended the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Course as an exchange instructor.

William Lancaster

Chief of Firearms and Tactics Division

William Lancaster is the Chief of our Tactics Training Division. He is the former CMMS Range Master of the US Army Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course (SFARTAETC) at Ft. Bragg N.C. He started his military career in the 101st Airborne Division as an 11B infantryman. He served in 1st Special Forces Group (ABN) Okinawa,
Japan as an 18B in Cco 1st Bn. 1st SFG(A) (C-1-1) where he was assigned as a breacher for F team,Troop 1 in the Combatant Commanders In-extremis Force (CIF). He then served as a cell leader for A cell, Troop 1 SFOD-A351 Bco 2nd Bn 3rd SFG(A) CIF. He served as a Troop Advisor to the ICTF while assigned to B-2-3 with many combat missions while in Iraq and attended the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Course as an exchange instructor.

Matt Hammond

Chief K9 Division

11-year career in the U.S. Army as a K-9 handler he built an extensive foundation of knowledge through situational and combat experience. Matt is a combat veteran having served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. If there was a need for a dog team in the past decade Matt was there. Whether it was protecting the front lines in Afghanistan or providing security for the President of the United States. Matt was also called on to work at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT.

Art Salisbury

Chief Medical Training Division

Art Salisbury is the Chief of Medical Training. He is a former Special Forces Medical Sergeants (SFMS) and Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) Instructor at Ft. Bragg, N.C from July 2003 – January 2007. Upon retiring in January 2007, he remained at the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center (JSOMTC) until November 2007 as a contractor. He started his career as a Combat Engineer. Upon graduating the Special Forces Qualifications Course (SFQC) in November 1995, he served with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) advising numerous South American Armies in FID missions. In April 1999, was part of the initial team into Colombia to advise, train and prepare the Colombian Army in Operation Plan de Colombia. In June 2007, he returned to Colombia as a contractor working for the Bureau International Narcotics and Law Enforcement as an EMT-P/Search and Rescue Team member until November 2008. He recently returned from an assignment in the FSU teaching a Combat Medic Course to the Armenian Peacekeeping Brigade. He has the following certifications and education: EMT-P; AWLS; AHA ACLS (Instructor); AHA BLS (Instructor); AHA PALS (Instructor); SFQC, 18D; SFMS/SOCM (Instructor); TCCC (Instructor); Dive Medical Technician; Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED (Instructor); BHS, Health Science, Campbell University, NC; MA, Education (Adult), Central Michigan University, MI.

Sean O'Dowd

Chief Combatives Division

Sean O’Dowd is the Raidon Tactics Inc. Chief of Combatives Division. He is a certified Level 5 Krav Maga instructor and Combatives Master Trainer. He has been training in martial arts since 1988. He has trained in Aikido, Judo, Hapkido, Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Krav Maga, Modern Army Combatives, and Special Operations Combatives. He holds two Black Belts and is a graduate of Modern Army Combatives Level 3 Course, Special Operations Combatives Level 2 Course, Advanced Lethal Tactics Course, Crucible Sudden Violence and Apprehension Avoidance Course, ATA Certified Instructor, Warrior Defense Krav Advanced Instructor Certified, United States Krav Maga Association Level 5 Instructor, Defense Labs Lead Instructor, and Warrior X-Fit Certified. He has won four State Championships as well two Army Combatives titles including United States Army Special Operations Command Best Warrior Competition. He has used his training in the real world as a purple heart combat veteran of the United States Army Special Operations Command where he retired as a Master Sergeant. He specializes in personal defense and fitness. He is a certified personal trainer thru the American Sports and Fitness Association and holds a degree in emergency management and leadership management from Fayetteville Technical Community College.

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