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About Legacy Defense
What is Legacy Defense?
If you are the type of person that reads these, enjoy.
I was listening to John Maxwell today and was motivated to write these thoughts down. What is my purpose? What is behind “Legacy Defense”? John says “the book of your life is constantly being written and let your “book” be a record of Noble Purpose, General Service and work well done”. I have never felt that way about my “book” (for very long anyway).
There were brief instances where in my “youth” I felt like I was doing something “important”. I joined the Navy reserves, meh… The Air Force recruiter called me, and stole me away from the Navy and put me into active duty, Maybe THIS was it… This pie in that sky didn’t last long either. Testing said THIS was my “perfect” job, I hated it. When I was able, I cross trained out of it into some other pie in the sky. I actually kind of liked this job; I was training pilots and aircrews. There were lots of opportunities and I took advantage of every one I was allowed to, Survival school, Technical Training Instructor School were a couple. There were other opportunities that I wasn’t allowed to partake of because I wasn’t one of the “cool kids”; I am not a brown-nosing networker… My inherent inability to blindly accept things that seemed stupid or not the best way would continue to plague me.
It was at this point that I had an opportunity to join the Spokane Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer, I completed the required academy, learned how to shoot a pistol and off I went! THIS was a blast! I really enjoyed working the worst part of Spokane in the middle of the night! It was my hobby, or recreation after a week of my “day job in the Air Force”. This led me to become interested in the OSI (Office of Special Investigation) in the Air Force. I tried, but timing and manpower was never right for me to be able to get in. My supervisor in the Air Force knew all of these things obviously, and for some bizarre reason put me in charge of the checkbook and ordering of tools and supplies for the unit. That is bizarre because HE was stealing tools and supplies from the unit, really? Oddly enough, shortly after talking to my contact in the OSI, the medication I was taking for my sinus condition was changed to the ONLY one that would disqualify me from my job in the altitude chamber, the person in Nebraska that ordered it changed, was a buddy of my supervisor… Subsequently, that medication is now over the counter… So… I was being put BACK into the job I hate. I left active duty, joined the National Guard with the ONLY job that was available so I could attempt to get hired full time with the Police or Sheriff’s Department. I eventually did get hired with the Sheriff’s Department, completed the Police Academy again, and was hired as Deputy. Once again this pie in this sky wasn’t what it appeared to be. The Sheriff’s Department was very different from the Police Department, the attitude they wanted from the Deputies was not natural for me, I am not really a super aggressive hardass, very capable, but, NOT that. Regardless of my successes with DUI’s, fleeing felons, traffic stops etc, etc, I was under the distinct impression that this was not going to be my Legacy. I resigned and moved on.
Fast forward a number of years and I am in Idaho, I rejoin the Idaho National Guard to finish up my “military career”. Once again I take the ONLY job available to get back in, it happens to be in the Security Forces Squadron, but not as a cop. I end up doing about 6 years of active duty more or less, in the role of a cop, but without a badge. Because I volunteered to “play cop”, that meant that a younger cop was able to go to the sandbox and get his ribbons and experience over there. This is where I retired from the Air Force when the time came.
I said all that to lead up to this, the things that lead me to what I am doing now. I was never very “excited, or “passionate” about my lackluster military, “career”. I never really found my niche. Really the only time I enjoyed what I was doing was mostly as a Reserve (unpaid) Police Officer with the City of Spokane, and part of my time as a Deputy with the County. So what does all of this have to do with Legacy Defense?
Back to what John Maxwell says about “let your “book” be a record of Noble Purpose, General Service and work well done.” My wife Heidi tells me I have found my niche, maybe she is right. How did this happen? I never sat down and said that I wanted to be a firearms instructor. I have always known that I can’t really work for other people, I’m not built that way. I can’t sit behind a desk… So now, here I am, enjoying what I do, working for myself. I have used “Legacy” for business ventures previously because that is how I see things. Sure, I do generate an income to pay my bills, that is necessary of course. But if you have been in any of my classes, or on the range with me, I hope you felt more than that.
What “makes” Legacy Defense? Training – Military Basic training, Navy first, and then Air Force. Here I learned about my limits and that they are largely imaginary. I went to Air Force Technical training instructor school and learned how to stand in front of people and convey technical, life saving information in a way that Colonels and Airman alike could understand, and use. I went to the Police Academy (twice), learned to shoot, use a stick, handcuffs, deal with degenerates, and a little about what makes them tick. I spent 6 years in the military “playing cop” and getting all the training that goes with that. I also pursue continuing training for myself.
Why do I enjoy this? What is my motivation? Why am I finally passionate about something? This all fits neatly into the “Fisher of men” concept, If you are passionate about what you do, you naturally want to share that knowledge and skill with others. I finally have something (of real value) worth sharing. This “job” is very serious, it could quite literally save your life, and keep you out of jail. I take this very seriously, I care about what happens to you. I see this as my responsibility, to add value to you, and your family. You chose me, I owe you the best. All the experiences above feed into what I give you, along with my never ending, ongoing research and my own training. Hopefully, NOW, my “book” IS a record of Noble Purpose, General Service, and work well done. Thank you to every one of you who have trusted me to be your CCW and/or Shooting instructor.
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School Safety Instructor (Active shooter certification for school personnel) Starting in May 2020
CCW Instructor for the State Of Utah
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