Our Lead Instructors are chosen not only for their vast knowledge and expertise, but also for their ability to translate this knowledge to others. They are the developers of our training programs, and are backed up by a solid team of Instructors.
SFC (R) John Wayne Walding spent 12 years in the U. S. Army with 7 of those years being in 3rd Special Forces Group at Ft. Bragg NC. He has combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. During his career at 3rd SFG he worked on ODA 396/3336 as A SF operator and at the Sniper Detachment as a Sniper instructor. His military school experience includes: Special operations Target interdiction course, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat, 3rd SFG Advance sniper, Special Forces Qualification course, and Airborne and Air assault.
John's awards and badges include: Silver Star, Bronze star, Purple Heart, Combat infantry badge, Airborne air assault and the special forces tab. John participated in numerous battles during his deployments; most famous was the Battle of Shok Valley, which you can read about in the book "No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan" by Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer.
Rigo Durazo is the Director of Combatives for Craft International. He is a Guru in SEACA SYSTEMA (South East Asia Combative Arts SYSTEMA), which is a synthesis of Kali systems and several Silat systems. He has worked in the global security field for over 20 years. He specializes in low signature protection and anti-kidnapping, and has spent a great deal of time as a business liaison into Mexico and Latin America.
Rigo has developed a program that combines ancient technology fusing with modern weaponry. An operator will be able to flow from a firearm to a natural weapon answer (hand) back to a firearm or a bladed weapon. He has spent years translating this information to operators including SWAT officers, Secret Service, DEA, Undercover/ Narcotics officers, Human Trafficking Units, Patrol, and Military personnel.
Mark Lang is the lead instructor and developer of 'Police Sniper Response To A Public Venue™'. This course was created out of necessity to provide proactive sniper overwatch to public venues across the county. He is a TCLEOSE Firearms Instructor and an NRA Precision Rifle Instructor. He holds certifications in .50 Cal and Aerial Platform Interdiction from Craft. Mark is an adjunct instructor with the Texas Tactical Police Officers Association teaching a variety of sniper courses. He is a current officer with Dallas Police Department SWAT team, and has performed the duties of a police sniper for the past decade.
Randy DeHay started his 9 year military career with the 82nd airborne where he served as a scout sniper in his first deployment to Afghanistan. Soon after he joined 7th SFG serving as a SF operator and sniper on ODA 782 completing numerous combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. His military school experience includes: US Army Sniper School, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat, Special Forces Qualification Course, Airborne, and US Army Ranger School.
As a Special Forces Weapons Sgt. (18B), Randy has a broad range of teaching experience in both the military and private sector. From uneducated illiterate indigenous forces, to special operations personnel, to civilians who are just beginning, and up to elite Police SWAT units.
Tony is a former U.S. Army Green Beret with deployments in support of recent campaigns. Tony has participated in many capacities as an individual operator, team member, team leader, and then teacher due to his exceptional understanding of the unique skill-sets and his proven abilities. Tony is an experienced weapons instructor and enjoys writing new curriculums and training clients in needed solutions. Tony also develops and teaches programs for civilians to help protect themselves and valued assets.