I joined the military in 2005 in Calgary, Alberta. After completing my training, I was posted to 3PPCLI in Edmonton. I was almost immediately selected as an Op replacement for Task Force 1-07 to Kandahar, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). I was employed in the weapons detachment of my platoon as part of a machine gun team. Throughout the tour, my platoon conducted dismounted combat operations against the Taliban in their ancestral homes, Zhari and Panjwaii district.
Prior to my deployment in 2007, I was very unsure if the military was the right choice for me. Although I loved all aspects of the profession of arms, I was discouraged by the lack of critical and outside-the-box thinking, the rigid approach to almost every problem, and the catering to the lowest common denominator. The opportunity to deploy in 2007 as a newly minted, light infantryman was where I set a decision point for myself. I would either leave and pursue another career after my initial contract, or if I developed a taste for the job during combat operations, I would stay.
During my deployment in 2007, I was exposed to members of CANSOF who were conducting a mobility operation. The short period of time I spent with these men introduced me to another way of thinking. To another group within the group. I realized that there was a place inside the military where attributes such as unconventional approaches, critical thinking, output-based decision making and operational focus were encouraged and developed. During that first deployment, I made the decision that I would not only stay in the military, but throw in for special forces selection at CSOR. Upon returning to the battalion post tour, I met several other members who were already nearing the end of their preparatory training for CSOR selection. This is the time when I was first introduced to the co-founder of ONN, Kino.
Kino and I attended selection together, and found ourselves thrown into many harrowing and straight-up shit situations during that time. The shared hardships we experienced on that three-week long selection in late October and early November in Petawawa, Ontario, laid the foundation for a friendship and brotherhood that endures to this day. Both of us were selected to attend the Special Forces Course (SFC) after our selection, and we both joined the nearly year-long course together with several other members from 3VP.
In 2009, I deployed to Kandahar again, and conducted a relief in place with Kino. Just like his deployment in the months prior, I was employed as a Special Forces Operator, part of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force. We were primarily tasked with conducting Capture / Kill Missions for medium and high value targets operating in the Canadian Battle Group’s area of operations. Many of these operations were conducted with members of JTF2, DEVGRU and CIA assets.
We spent 8 years in CSOR after that, conducting combat and training missions worldwide, to include another two deployments to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2012, as well as 2 training missions to Jamaica, a trip to Belize, and Malaysia as well. Throughout my career within CANSOF, I was tasked as the primary firearms and CQB instructor for 4 different iterations of the SFC, where I was responsible for developing the fundamental skills of aspiring operators from all over the CAF. This is where I truly honed and first implemented many of my teaching and instructional techniques.
By the time I retired from CSOR, I was a seasoned firearms instructor and enthusiast. I discovered that I had a knack for training foreign forces in the true spirit of special forces. I had the pleasure of training multiple teams across the world, including an afghan commando/special forces team who competed in the 2012 KASOTC Warrior Competition, in Amman, Jordan. This team placed 13 of 32, placing ahead of an American Marine Corps team as well as ahead of a USSOCOM Crisis Response element which consisted of 3rd group special forces CIF and US Navy Seals. This was a marked improvement over their position of dead last the year before.
I also had the opportunity to be a member of the training cadre for 3PPCLI’s competition team for Fuerza Commando, a Colombian special operations competition similar to the one in Jordan. This was a great opportunity to give back to my home unit. Over the years, I was responsible for assessing, developing, and implementing training programs for members of the Jamaican and Belizean Special Forces.
Since then, Kino and I have stayed together as brothers and have launched ONN. We have attended some very interesting training courses and environments, including joining Ronin SA, which is known internationally as the industry standard for Close Protection Operator/Bodyguard.
Our goal is to serve others, and to continually improve our own skills, and our company. For us, skills are not static, they are either honed or they fade. Based on our backgrounds and experience, we work to continue to offer the most elite training available and do so professionally, safely, and precisely.
ONN offers elite training programs and consulting services for all matters related to firearms, individual and group combat, small unit tactics, security and protection. Each client comes to us at a different level, and no matter your experience, we are united. Never above you, never below you, always beside you.
Those who train with ONN belong to an elite group who have committed themselves to reaching the highest standard in training, to becoming strong enough to execute their mission at an elite level, and to protecting others.
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