Dustin McPhillips - CEO

Dustin served six years in the United States Air Force, where he initially worked to assess security measures and protect nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons (WMD’s). While in the Air Force, Dustin was assigned to the Air Force shooting team, where he won numerous military and international competitions.

Upon leaving the Air Force, Dustin was recruited to work in the private sector, where he held a wide range of positions, including as a member of the aerial quick reaction force team and as an in-flight medic with federal agencies all over the world. While contracting, Dustin also worked as Team Leader (TL) and Agent In Charge (AIC) of the Protective Service Details for Senators John Kerry and John McCain, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama, and the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.

Between his military and contracting deployments, Dustin has over 56 months of combat zone experience in Personnel Recovery, Direct Action, Surveillance and Detection, and Counter-Surveillance operations. Dustin then returned home to finish up his bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security, complete EMS training, and work as a first responder. After a brief stint with EMS, Dustin was picked up by a South Carolina Sheriff’s Department. While at the Sheriff’s Department, he was assigned to the Fugitive Task Force and worked closely with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Currently, Dustin teaches at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, where he instructs federal, state, and local officers in firearms and active shooter training, as well as tactical medicine. Through his dynamic and distinguished career, Dustin has found that his true passion is using his experiences down range to more effectively instruct his students and create a more alert and safer populace.


Adam is a State law enforcement officer for the state of South Carolina. In addition to his state law enforcement certification, Adam is a certified officer water survival instructor, certified basic tactical medicine instructor completed at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, certified in tactical combat casualty care (TCCC) from North American Rescue, and is also working towards becoming a state firearms instructor. Adam is also very active in training with multiple agencies as well as his own, as he is a member of his agency’s competitive shooting team, is involved in assisting and training with K-9 units from multiple agencies, and has attended advanced rifle, pistol, and tactic courses with members of the law enforcement and military communities. When he is not working or furthering his tactical and medical education, Adam enjoys physical fitness and jujitsu, which he trains on a regular basis.

Jim Gort

Jim Gort served four years in the United States Army as a military police officer, including serving in Desert Storm. Following his time in the service, Jim continued his law enforcement career and went on to work with a South Florida Police Department. While working for the Department, Jim held a plethora of positions, including as a SWAT operator, Street Crimes detective, K-9 handler, firearms instructor, in the Training Unit, and Supervisor of the Anti-Terrorism and Intelligence Unit assigned to the Miami FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Jim also instructed police and private security in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, and after 21 years with South Florida, retired as a Police Detective Sergeant. Currently, Jim teaches at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, SC, where he instructs law enforcement officers in active shooter and firearms training, as well as tactical medicine.

Dan Jones

After graduating with honors from the SC Criminal Justice Academy, Chief Jones worked full time and then as a reservist for the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department as a patrolman, where he worked closely with the Narcotics, K-9, and High Risk Warrant teams. Chief Jones has also been in the U.S. Coast Guard for twenty years. Initially, he worked in Military Outload Operations, coordinating with federal and state agencies and presiding over the safe execution of vessel boardings and marine inspections of commercial vessels entering the Port of Charleston. Chief Jones then became a member of the Maritime Security Response Team, the U.S. Coast Guard’s premier counter-terrorism unit, where he became a fully qualified precision marksman, assaulter, and team leader. Currently, Chief Jones is the Maritime Law Enforcement Specialist Chief in Charleston, SC, with his primary role as a firearms and physical techniques instructor to the MEA school, U.S. Courts and Probation students, and various other Department of Homeland Security partners. Additionally, Chief Jones holds qualifications as a FLETC Tactical Medicine Instructor and FLETC Active Shooter Instructor.

Dr. Bob McAllister

Dr. McAllister was an active duty member of the U.S. Navy for four years where he attended the Hospital Corps School, Fleet Marine Field Medicine School, and Surgical Technology School. After his time in the Navy, Dr. McAllister attended medical school at the University of Connecticut, completed his residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and finished his fellowship at the Minneapolis Orthopedic and Arthritis Institute. During his residency, Dr. McAllister joined the U.S. Army, where he participated in both active and reserve capacities for over fifteen years, including a deployment with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force where he earned a Bronze Star. Outside of his military service, Dr. McAllister has worked as an assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut, at the Hartford Orthopedic Surgeons, PC, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and is the founder of the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute.