Ric. Sutton – President and Instructor
Ric. is a founding and active member of the Virginia Beach Police Department competitive Pistol Team, since 1994, he has won numerous awards for competitive shooting. He is a Virginia DCJS General and Firearms Instructor and NRA Law Enforcement Certified Instructor. Through contracts between Aggressive Defensive Solutions and Blackwater, USA Ric. serves an adjunct instructor for Blackwater Training Center and is a founding member of their Anti-Terrorism Warfare Training Group specializing in counter terrorism courses. Ric. has seen 18 years of decorated military service in the United States Marine Corps including earning the Combat Action Ribbon for Action during Operation Desert Storm. He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Raid course in addition to the Staff and NCO Career and Advanced Course. He has served in positions as AAV crewman, gunner, crew chief, section leader, Platoon Sergeant and Leader, Company Gunnery Sergeant and Acting First Sergeant. Ric. has served as an instructor for a variety of tactical subjects including: Security and Stabilization Operations (SaSO), Tactics and Gunnery for the USMCR, small arms and heavy weapons, Infantry and MOUT tactics. Ric. brings over 20 years of varied civilian law enforcement to the company. He began his career with the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Department in Virginia. Since 1990 he has served with the Virginia Beach Police Department in a variety of assignments including: Uniformed Patrol where he served as a field Training Officer, Mobile Tactics Team member, Resort Area Operations, Firearms Instructor, and Ric. is currently serving as a Major Crimes Investigator. [contact]
Lee is a retired U.S. Army First Sergeant bringing 21 years of military experience to the team.
Lee’s military experience encompasses all aspects of military police operations, including several combat operations in Kuwait and Iraq. Lee also managed a detacment which provided law and order operations in Europe and headed post 9/11 physical security operations at the installation level.
Some of Lee’s key focus areas are:
- Military Operations in Urban Terrain
- Convoy Operations/ Survivability
- Unit Level Fireams and Tactical Training
- Small Unit through Company Tactical Operations
In addition, Lee has considerable background in electronics/communications system design, employment, and detection.
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Shawn Johnson- Instructor and Consultant
Shawn brings 16 years of metropolitan police experience to the Aggressive Defensive Solutions. During that time he has served in a number of varying positions.
While serving in Uniformed and Special Operations Divisions:
- member of the Swat Team and
- Mounted Patrol
- Designated Marksman,
- Field Training Officer,
- Mobil Tactics Team Member/Grenadier,
- Bicycle Patrol, and
- Community Policing Officer.
Additionally, Shawn was employed as an adjunct instructor for Blackwater Training Center. Assisted with shooting and tactical instruction to US Naval personnel.
Shawn has been a member of the Virginia Beach Police Department competitive Pistol Team since 2006. [contact]
Ron Ehlers – Instructor and Consultant
Ron earned his BS in Political Science from Old Dominion University. Ron is a certified Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Service General Instructor. Ron is a dedicated military professional recently finishing a second tour in Iraq. Ron’s first tour was as member of an U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team where he was responsible for the planning and execution of combat patrols during the execution of his team’s mission. Additionally, Ron and his team were responsible for various humanitarian efforts in Baghdad. Ron’s second OIF tour was in Northern Iraq as a Military Advisor to the Iraqi Army. Ron oversaw the training of new Iraqi recruits and was responsible for training in basic military, combat and weapons training. He also served as an advisor to new Iraqi Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers in the development and execution of both training and combat operations. Prior to Ron’s service in the U.S. Army he served in the USMCR, 4th Amphibious Assault Vehicle BN. He served as a Crewman, Crew Chief, Section Leader and Platoon Sergeant. Ron currently serves as a United States Probation Officer where he supervises over 60 cases of Federal supervised release, probation and parole. Ron also is responsible for conducting investigation for the U.S District Court in relation to Federal parole violation. Prior to Ron’s Federal service he was a Law Enforcement Officer where he was a member of Tactical Response Unit and dive team. Ron also conducted street level narcotics and criminal investigation. Ron has attended courses in the following:
- U.S. Marine Corps Designated Marksman Course
- FBI Basic Sniper Course
- Basic Criminal Investigation Techniques
- How to Develop, Manage and Supervise Informants
- Basic Drug Investigation Course
- Basic SWAT
- Narcotics Officer Skills Workshop
- Basic Investigation School
Nicole Kosmas – Instructor and Consultant
Nicole spent 4 years as a rated Boatswain Mates in the United States Coast Guard performing S.a.R. Operations and as a boarding team member.
Currently, serving as municipal law enforcement officer, Nicole is currently a SWAT team member. Her other areas of of work have consisted:
- Mobile Tactics Team
- Shooting Team Member