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Max Joseph

Training Director

MaxMax is the founder and training director of TFTT Direct Action Group. Max has been involved in Special Operations and training non-stop for the last 27 years. He has trained and worked with Counter-Terrorist officers and troops from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South America. In addition to running TFTT/Direct Action Group full time, Max also proudly served as the Senior Instructor for the Tactical Explosive Entry School from 1993-2005 both in the United States and Brazil. He is recognized as a subject matter expert in explosives for Tactical Breaching and other Special Operations. He also has extensive experience in Executive Protection and has worked details in Central America, South America, Eastern Europe and Afghanistan. He is currently still operational in several capacities both in and out of CONUS. His qualifications include:

  • Founder/Director Tactical Firearms Training Team
  • Founder/Director Direct Action Group
  • Senior Instructor – Tactical Explosive Entry School
  • Senior Instructor – TEES Brazil
  • Instructor U.S. Dept. of State Anti-Terrorism Program
  • Seven Years Marine Corps Reconnaissance Companies (SGT.)
  • Graduate USMC Scout Sniper Instructor School
  • US Army Ranger / Airborne
  • USN Survival / Evasion / Resistance / Escape School
  • BSR Anti – Terrorist Driving School
  • SPIE / Rappel Master Instructor
  • Reconnaissance Indoctrination Program Instructor
  • Diplomatic Security Consultant
  • Diversionary Device Instructor
  • Writer for several Military / Police Publications
Tim Scarrott

Instructor

Tim has been with DAG for 14 years and tasked with implementing training programs as a primary instructor in advanced weapons and tactical skills.  Tim has worked with hundreds of military and law enforcement personnel throughout the US and has served as a guest instructor and guest speaker at several SWAT conferences.  He served as a full time police officer for 13 years with experience in patrol, investigations, Special Victims Unit, violence suppression and various other assignments.  He also spent 6 years in the 1-184 Nightstalker Battalion with a combat tour to Iraq in 2005, conducting counter insurgent operations.  Tim is also responsible for development of instructor curriculum and course material, research, marketing, sales, logistics and public relations.

  • US Army Infantry Team Leader
  • US Army CIB / SDM / CLS
  • US Army PMI / BRM Instructor
  • Explosive Handler certified
  • Explosive Breacher certified
  • MOUT / CQB Instructor
  • Protective Services Agent
  • Advanced Officer School
  • Edged Weapons
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Officer Survival

Tony C.

Instructor

Tony C. has been a sworn law enforcement officer for the past 14 years.  He has extensive knowledge and expertise in firearms, tactics, use of force and hand to hand combat.  He has been an operator with his department’s SWAT team for over 10 years.  He has also been assigned as a canine handler, gang and narcotics investigator, defensive tactics instructor and field training officer.  Additionally, he has over 26 years of various martial arts experience and has been training military, law enforcement and civilians in close quarters combat for over 14 years.  His qualifications include:

  • 14 years law enforcement experience
  • 10 years experience as SWAT Operator
  • 5 years as patrol/SWAT canine handler
  • CA POST Firearms/Sub-Gun Instructor
  • CA POST Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • NTOA Diversionary Device Instructor
  • Use of Force Subject Matter Expert
  • Inducted into martial arts “Masters Hall of Fame”
  • Published author of several martial arts/tactics articles
  • Creator of several POST certified arrest and control courses
  • Combat Conditioning Instructor
  • Founder of Cortina’s Combatives & Conditioning
Joel Bateman

Instructor

Joel is a U.S. Navy veteran and currently a full-time law enforcement officer in the State of Wisconsin. Joel has over 16 years law enforcement experience ranging from patrol operations to investigations; as well as 14 years assigned to SWAT, serving in the capacity as team leader for the past 6 years. Joel is a certified use of force instructor with the State of Wisconsin holding over 30 instructor certifications in various use of force disciplines. His qualifications and training include:

  • United States Navy-Surface Rescue Swimmer, shipboard Security Alert Team
  • TEES- multiple course graduate
  • TFTT/DAG- multiple course graduate
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Tactical Operations graduate- LSU Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education
  • Blauer Tactical Systems- multiple course graduate
  • Certified State of Wisconsin Use of Force Instructor- Defense and Arrest Tactics, Firearms, Vehicle Contacts, and Tactical Response
  • Officer Survival, Advanced Patrol Techniques, and Patrol Response to Violent School Incidents instructor
  • Certified Explosive Handler and Explosive Breacher
  • Martial Arts and Combatives Experience- CQB/Simulations Instructor, Ground Combatives, Tactical Weapon Control, and Edged Weapon Defense
Marc Rialon

Instructor

Marc

Marcelino Rialon is a Marine Corps Veteran with 20 years of service.  At the start of the Global War On Terrorism, he became operational and deployed to Al-Anbar Province and then again to downtown Fallujah and Zaidon, Iraq, conducting counter-insurgency operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. At the end of his career, he continued to deploy to the CENTCOM area of operations as a contractor working for a number of companies as a US/Foreign Weapons Instructor, Advisor and an Intelligence Data Analyst. Marcelino is currently operational and employed by an undisclosed private military company working on a Dept. of State, High Threat Protection Detail.  His training and background includes:

  • DoS WPS III HTP Certified Protective Security Specialist (PSS)
  • DoS WPS III HTP Motorcade Operations Course
  • USMC 1stMarDiv PSD Course
  • USAMPS/BSR Anti-Terrorist Evasive Drivers Course
  • TFTT/Direct Action Group Multiple Course Graduate
  • USMC High Risk Personnel Course (HRP)
  • USMC Martial Arts Instructor-Trainer
  • USMC Raid/Scout-Swimmer Instructor
  • Close Quarters Battle
  • Edged Weapons Instructor
Pete Forbes

Instructor

Pete

Pete is a dual citizen of the United States and New Zealand and has over 10 years of law enforcement experience.  He currently is employed as a full-time Sheriff’s Deputy in Wisconsin and is also a member of the Level 1 ALERT Regional SWAT team.  He is an entry team assaulter, sniper and an explosive breacher.  Pete has been training with TFTT/DAG since 1999 and has coordinated numerous training seminars for law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin.  In 2013 he was chosen to be a sniper team leader for SWAT and in 2014 he was awarded the SWAT Team Commander’s Award.  His qualifications and training include:

  • TFTT Multiple Course Grad
  • TEES Explosive Breacher
  • TEES Mechanical, Ballistic and Thermal Breacher
  • LFI Multiple Course Grad
  • FBI Basic Sniper – Great Lakes Naval Training
  • NTOA –Tactical Team Leader
  • Operational Experience with High Risk Search Warrants, Barricaded Subjects and Hostage Situations.
  • Tactical Firearms Instructor
  • Law Enforcement Operations/Field Training Officer
  • Background in Muay Thai and Boxing
John Taylor

Instructor

John

John Taylor has been a sworn law enforcement officer for over 16 years.  He has worked a variety of assignments in high crime areas.  He has extensive knowledge in tactics, use of force, and firearms.  He has 11 years of experience with his Department’s tactical team and is currently an element Team  Leader.  He has testified as a firearms expert and he is a certified instructor in multiple firearms, tactics and breaching skill sets.

  • Over 16 years of Law Enforcement Experience
  • 11 years experience Department Tactical Team
  • CA POST Firearms Instructor (pistol, shotgun, rifle)
  • CA POST Instructor Less Lethal
  • Tactics Instructor
  • Mechanical Breaching Instructor
  • CA POST Diversionary Device Instructor
  • Explosive Breacher Certified
  • Subject Matter Expert in Firearms