ARMADA Training Courses

About the Academy

ARMADA's training courses are unlike most industry training classes. Traditional training deals primarily with the immediate threat, whereas our reality-based methods are wide ranging, including prevention, mitigation, preparedness, protection, response and recovery.

ARMADA’s training classes are presented in both lecture and hands on format. The method of teaching is, Explain, Demonstrate, Practice, then Apply the concept. Training in this fashion helps ensure the students are not just fed information (which they can easily forget), but allows the student to begin building muscle memory and reflective responses. In addition, the training techniques are reinforced by having the students participate in real life training scenarios or exercises.

ARMADA can customize training courses to meet your specific industry's needs and/or to meet a specific course length.


Check out Armada's finest list of instructors

Defensive Tactics

Samuel Faulkner, Instructor  

Mr. Samuel Faulkner has been a Certified Police Officer since 1983, having served as a Law Enforcement / Corrections Training Specialist for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA), a section of the of Ohio Attorney General’s Office from 1987 – 2009. Mr. Faulkner is currently the Chief of Police for the Village of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Additionally, Mr. Faulkner has served as an expert witness in over 300 national Law Enforcement and Corrections cases involving Response To Resistance, False Arrest, Tactics, Arrest Practices and Procedures.

Randy Thatcher, Instructor  

Mr. Randy Thatcher has over 30 years law enforcement and security related experience. Over the past two years, he has been an Instructor with ARMADA for the United States Marine Corps Violence Prevention (VP) Program. Mr. Thatcher is an experienced training manager and program/course developer with more than 19 years of preparing and delivering informational and instructional programs for adults using instructional design model. He is experienced in performing training needs analysis, identifying training objectives, determining content, defining scope and lesson sequence, plan methodology, and course/program evaluations to ensure learner success and to control individual learning problems

Emergency Management

Lee Foster, Instructor  

Mr. Lee Foster has over 6 years of experience in program policy, development and implementation. His background includes a combination of emergency management, judicial system and investigative experience as well as completion of Masters level coursework in Criminal Justice, specializing in Homeland Security Administration.


James Jarvis, Instructor  

James Jarvis is an Executive Protection Specialist, Risk Mitigation and Counterintelligence Expert, and Force Protection/Defensive Tactics Instructor.

Joshua Rock, Instructor  

Mr. Joshua Rock has over 14 years of experience in various security related fields. He is a skillful security specialist and leader with extensive capabilities gained through time served in the U.S. Army and as a government contractor working in theaters of operation comprising of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan.

Jeff Podracky, Instructor  

Jeff Podracky is the Chief Operating Officer and co‐founder of ARMADA, Ltd. In this role, he oversees all business operations and customer service functions. Mr. Podracky is considered a subject matter expert in security operations, business continuity planning, workplace violence program development, executive protection and security technology integration. He regularly provides consulting services to area business, Universities, school districts, and public agencies

Tim Creedon, Instructor  

Mr. Creedon’s 24-year career as an FBI Special Agent allowed him to serve in three different states where he gained a wide range of investigative and critical incident response experiences. In his varied assignments, Mr. Creedon worked with local, state and other federal agencies widening the scope of his investigative and special assignments. He worked foreign counterintelligence and organized crime in New York City. While assigned to Dallas, Texas he investigated general criminal matters that included fugitives, murder, drug organizations, organized crime, bank robberies and kidnappings.

Saturday, May, 30, 2015  -  Saturday, May, 30, 2015

This course is designed to develop understanding and proficiency with a tactical carbine (AR-15 platform). The course focuses on techniques used in various environments and students will develop skills that increase their speed, accuracy and confidence with a carbine.

Saturday, July, 18, 2015  -  Saturday, July, 18, 2015

We spend a good deal of time in the vehicles we drive every day, yet very little (if any) time training how to fight in and around those vehicles. Vehicular crime is common and violent. Learn how to recognize, avoid, and if necessary defeat the attackers in a vehicle gunfight.

ARMADA Training Courses

Saturday, May, 09, 2015  -  Saturday, May, 09, 2015

This course provides the training necessary for individuals to apply for a State of Ohio Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit. This special offer course is for fathers and daughters, boy friends/girlfriends, and husbands and wives. He buys his registration fee and she gets hers for free.

Sunday, May, 17, 2015  -  Sunday, May, 17, 2015

Closed Course

Saturday, May, 23, 2015  -  Saturday, May, 23, 2015

This course provides skills training related to the semi-auto pistol. The curriculum is geared towards individuals and law enforcement/military professionals that want to improve their semi-auto pistol skills.

Saturday, May, 23, 2015  -  Sunday, May, 24, 2015

his is our flagship course and goes as far as you can safely go on a square range with live-fire pistols. The dynamic curriculum surpasses the traditional handgun methods commonly taught in most institutions and focuses of the use of the pistol in aggressive close range applications likely in individual civilian street encounters.

The class begins with a tune-up of the fundamentals, then we progress quickly to new skills such as Proactive and Reactive Manipulations, Shooting While Moving Off The X, Reality-Based Multiple Hostiles Engagement, 360 degree CQB Movement, Danger-Close Fighting, Bilateral Shooting, 360 degree After Action Assessment Methods, and Integrating the Flashlight and Other Tools into the Firing Platform. This is the life-saving material that is often ignored in many other programs. In two days, you will receive more information than most armed professionals ever get!

Saturday, May, 30, 2015  -  Saturday, May, 30, 2015

This course is designed to develop understanding and proficiency with a tactical carbine (AR-15 platform). The course focuses on techniques used in various environments and students will develop skills that increase their speed, accuracy and confidence with a carbine.

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