John is one of the newest members of the Calibers’ training team. He has an extensive background in firearms instruction and numerous firearm certifications. John retired from law enforcement where he was a patrol officer, detective, and narcotics agent. He left law enforcement and continued his career path as a firearms and tactics instructor for the Department of Energy Security Operations. John also worked with the State Department’s Anti-Terrorist Assistance Program (ATAP) training foreign nationals in diplomatic/dignitary protection and team tactical responses. John later used his training, skills, and specialties as an independent contractor providing protection to diplomats/VIPs in the Middle East and South America. He was later employed as an instructor for the State Department of Diplomatic Protective Service programs as a contractor. Here he performed training for hundreds of candidates protecting U.S. Embassies in the Middle East. His specialties of instruction were: Vehicle Dynamics I, II, III, off road vehicle dynamics, room clearing tactics, firearms, defensive tactics, navigation, and specialized as a designated defensive marksman instructor.
Tony Otero – Master Instructor
Tony Otero has been a part of the calibers team for nearly a decade, and is one of our most seasoned instructors. He holds numerous firearm instructor certifications and is certified by the Department Of Public Safety as a firearms Instructor. Tony’s training is not bound solely to NM, as he has also been asked to teach at a nationally recognized firearm training facility. Tony has taught thousands of students from military and law enforcement professionals, to concerned citizens, and their families. His knowledge is not limited to only firearms and tactics; he is also very knowledgeable about firearms design and has armorer certifications for multiple weapon systems. In order to provide the most up to date and relevant information to his students, Tony stays active in the firearms community by regularly attending firearms training courses as well as local shooting competitions.
Joel has been an active firearms enthusiast his whole life, with practical concealed carry experience for over a decade. He has been certified as a concealed carry instructor by the Department of Public Safety since 2013 and has instructor certifications from the National Rifle Association, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center. He also holds several emergency planning certifications from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. As an instructor, Joel has primarily focused on the practical application of firearms for civilians and law enforcement, with a specialization in Active Shooter/Threat events.