Welcome to The Area of Operations, where we bring on different personalities to discuss current issues in a roundtable discussion. On this episode I speak with:

Garrick Fernbaugh is U.S. Navy SEAL, 20 years (retired). SEAL Instructor Combat Experience-Iraq OGA Afghanistan-6 years. Agency Seal Medal.

Justen Keating, former GRS contractor: USMC Veteran, Former Secret Squirrel Club Member, GFTeam Purple Belt & Kids Coach. Mr. Keating is the Founder of Keating Global Risks, and has over 20 years of experience in the National Security, and Intelligence Community. He is a veteran of the US Marine Corps with multiple combat tours in the Middle East and is a former Independent Contractor for CIA, where he ran clandestine protective operations in Central Asia and the Middle East for over a decade. Mr. Keating is also a fellow at the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy where he discusses topics on National and Homeland Security.

Michael Lake: Adaptive Defense Armory and Adaptive Defense Concepts. Equipment and Training for Armed Citizens and Armed Professionals www.adc-training.com Michael Lake is a Benefactor Life Member of the National Rifle Association and has been actively involved in a variety shooting activities since 1989. In addition to being a certified range safety officer he holds several NRA instructor ratings and armorer certifications. He has received training from the US Army Marksmanship Unit, the US Marine Corps Rifle Team and some of the finest private training facilities in the nation. In 2013 Michael co-founded Adaptive Defense Concepts, a Northwest Ohio-based Training organization. He is currently a contractor for the US Department of Energy and is an accomplished Freemason.

John Valentine, Combatives Instructor: John Valentine is a distinguished expert in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Modern Army Combatives, and firearms training. He holds a coveted black belt under the tutelage of the “Father of Modern Combatives,” Matt Larsen. Additionally, he has completed the Rangemaster Instructor Development Master Course with honors as “Top Shot” and “Top Gun.” https://deedsofarms.com/

Andy Curtiss, former Green Beret: NREMT, CES, CMES, PES, EIM2 – BEXSc Corrective & Medical Exercise Specialist. Andy served in the US Army in elite units such as F Company 51st Infantry (Long Range Surveillance) and the 3rd Special Forces Group as Weapons Sergeant. He served two tours in the Global War on Terror, was nominated for the Silver Star and received the Bronze Star with V Device. He is a Diplomatic Security Specialist and has worked protecting high profile music artists. Andrew is the author of Combat Application Techniques: Principles of Destruction, a book written based on the combatives program he developed for his Special Forces A-Team. He is a tactical trainer available for Combatives, Edged weapon, counter edged weapon and defensive tactics courses and seminars.

By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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