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James Eric Dean, Founder and CEO

My private sector activities include practical firearms training based on 10 years of study with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s Marksmanship Training Unit. Formally a Military Police NCO, I have over 24 months of operational experience in the Iraqi theater of operations. With my current duties with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s Marksmanship Training Unit, I have taught all levels of qualification from basic pistol and rifle qualification to live-fire shoothouse instructor’s courses to both military and law enforcement agencies.


In 2006 I was involved on a full-time basis with the U.S. Army’s Pre-mobilzation Training Assessment Element which preformed training events based on the U.S. Army’s requirements for units preparing to deploy to combat zones along with assisting Jim Higginbotham with the Kentucky Army National Guard's premier "Weaponcraft" program. Many of the training events consisted of risk management and site security and determining the best course of actions for assigned tasks and duties. The Kentucky National Guard Weaponcraft program is a 3-day, intensive defensive shooting course that all KYNG soldiers participated in prior to mobilization.


I also served on the Kentucky Army National Guards Marksmanship Team for over 8 consecutive years. We participated in events from close quarters rifle and pistol events to long range rifle events and have earned the U.S. Army's Gold Distinguished Pistol Award and the silver Distinguished Rifle Award. Eric has attended pistol courses with Riposte (Jim Higginbotham), RangeMaster, Gunsite, Tactical Response, and Kentucky National Guard's Weaponcraft Instructor's Course among others. Eric has trained over 10,000 people in civilian, military, and Law Enforcement fields. 


  

  • 2009 National Guard MAC III Regional (SE USA) 1st Place Rifle (Team)
  • 2009 National Guard MAC III Regional (SE USA) 2nd Place Pistol (Team)
  • 2010 National Guard MAC III Regional (SE USA) 2nd Place Aggregate (Team)
  • 2010 National Guard MAC III Regional (SE USA) 3rd Place Aggregate (Team)
  • 2010 Winston P. Wilson All-Guard Championships 2nd Place Rifle Match 302 (Novice)
  • 2011 National Guard MAC III Regional (SE USA) 1st Place Pistol (Team)
  • 2011 National Guard MAC III Regional (SE USA) 2nd Place Aggregate (Team)
  • 2012 Kentucky National Guard 2nd Place Aggregate 
  • 2012 Kentucky National Guard 2nd Place Rifle 
  • 2012 Kentucky National Guard 2nd Place Pistol
  • 2012 National Guard MAC III Regional (SE USA) 2nd Place Pistol (Overall)
  • 2013 2011 National Guard MAC III Regional (SE USA) 3rd Place Aggregate (Team)
  • 2015 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships 1st Combat Pistol Match (Open)
  • 2015 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships 1st EIC Match (Open)
  • 2015 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships 2nd Combat Pistol Match (Open)
  • 2015 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships 2nd Place Overall Pistol (Open)
  • 2015 Bluegrass Crime Stoppers Shootout 1st Place Overall
  • 2016 Bluegrass Crime Stoppers Shootout 1st Place Overall
  • 2016 Kentucky National Guard "Governor's Twenty" Match 1st Place Overall
  • 2017 Kentucky National Guard "Governor's Twenty" Match 1st Place Overall
  • 2017 Kentucky National Guard "Governor's Twenty" Match 1st Place Overall
  • Gold Distinguished Pistol Award U.S. Army
  • Silver Distinguished Rifle Award U.S. Army

James Eric Dean, Founder and CEO of The Bulwarks.
James Eric Dean, Founder and CEO of The Bulwarks.

Staci Dean, CFO and Operations Manager

Every organization needs a dedicated soul who keeps the wheels on the bus going 'round and 'round - and Staci is ours. From AP/AR, to media relations, to keeping our go-boxes stocked, Staci keeps everything moving smoothly.


Staci began her career in the military in accounting serving at Ft. Ben Harrison, IN and Ft. Sill, OK on active duty before entering The Kentucky Army National Guard. Staci, in 1999 became a Military Police Officer with the Kentucky Guard and later served in roles of Airport security in 2001 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 3 serving in Al-Hilla and Ad-Dwyanyiah, IZ.


Staci returned from deployment and accepted a position with the active guard component serving in training and operations roles before retiring in 2015 and becoming a stay-at-home mom. In 2017, Staci began serving as the operations manager and chief financial operations for The Bulwarks LLC and along with being a mom, she keeps The Bulwarks running and has seen the business grow 10 fold in 3 short years. Staci has taken the Kentucky Army National Guards Weaponcraft Defensive Skills course twice and graduated The Bulwarks Foundations of the Self-Defense Handgun course. She is an accomplished shooter earning the Army’s Expert badge in both rifle and pistol.

Staci Dean, CFO and Operations Manager for The Bulwarks, with husband, Eric, and daughter, "Q".
Staci Dean, CFO and Operations Manager for The Bulwarks, with husband, Eric, and daughter, "Q".

Jesse Ordunez, Director of Training

Jesse is an expert in the difficult field of Weaponcraft. His years of training with the US military, AIM, Gunsite, The Bulwarks, and others has placed him in many challenging situations of which he has performed admirably. Jesse served in the US Army as an MP for eight years before being retired due to injury. Some of his jobs consisted of PSD, Convoy Security, Corrections, Force Protection, Quick Reaction Force and Route Clearing and Security. He is also the founder of Raven Defense where he teaches armed self-defense and defensive mindset for everyday Americans.


After being on both ends of the rifle more than once, he brings real world experience to training. The most notable gunfight, The Palm Sunday Ambush on March 20, 2005. With 5/1 odds mistakes couldn’t be made. Contact Jesse at jesse.ordunez@thebulwarks.com


Training/History:

  • Defensive Weaponscraft rifle and pistol
  • Hundreds of hours training with multiple weapons and tactics – US Army
  • Defensive Handgun Three – The American Institute of Marksmanship
  • Defensive Handgun Four – The American Institute of Marksmanship
  • Tactics of the Self-Defense Pistol
  • Defensive Mindset training
  • KY DOCJT CCDW Instructor
  • Certified NRA Pistol Instructor
  • Certified NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor
  • Studies in Counter Terrorism and Tactics with AMU
  • 8 years with the Military Police
  • Combat experience in and around Baghdad, Iraq with multiple combat engagements and a year in Guantanamo Bay Cuba at Camp Delta Detention Center
  • Gunsite Academy Graduate
  • Tom Givens' Rangemaster 
  • Dave Spaulding's Handgun Combatives
  • Lee Weems' First Person Safety

Jesse Ordunez, Director of Training for The Bulwarks.
Jesse Ordunez, Director of Training for The Bulwarks.

Edwin "Eddie" Garcia

My background experience consists of Basic Combat Training, Basic/Advanced Rifle Marksmanship, Close Quarter Marksmanship, SFAUC (Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat), Rangemaster, First Aid, Combat

Medical Training (68W), TCCC (Tactical Combat Casualty Care), Airborne, Air Assault, Jumpmaster, Rappel Master, Primary Leadership Development Course, BNCOC (Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course), ANCOC (Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course), Winter/Summer Basic Mountaineering,Winter/Summer Assault Climber, Modern Army Combatives Levels 1-4 (Brigade Master Trainer), 35P Cryptologic Linguist (Spanish Level 2+, 3). I have worked for the Kentucky Army National Guard for 22 years as a Medic and Cryptologic Linguist. I have held the positions of Squad Leader, SOT-A Team Leader (Special Operations Team-Alpha), Detachment Sergeant (Platoon Sergeant), and 1SG (First Sergeant).


I am currently the Detachment NCOIC of the Kentucky SARTS (Mobilization Close Quarter Battle and Marksmanship Training and Competition Team). I have been a member of the Marksmanship Competition team for two years. I have obtained a Bronze Excellence in Competition badge for pistol and rifle. I have deployed with the 20th SFG(A) on numerous occasions to include linguistic support to NATO exercises and Medical exercises to Ecuador (3 times) and Argentina as well as CONUS deployment to secure the International Airport in support of Operation Noble Eagle. I have been on combat tours to Afghanistan (2012-2013) and Iraq (2010-2011) Operations Enduring Freedom/New Dawn. I was certified by the FAA as a baggage inspector deployed to an international airport as armed anti-terrorist security at the security gate.


I have also worked for the Kentucky Counterdrug Organization, Joint Support Operations for 20 years. Joint Support Operations conducts clandestine counter-narcotics reconnaissance in support of local, state and federal law enforcement in the state of Kentucky to include City Police Departments, numerous

Sheriff Departments, FBI, DEA, CIA, Secret Service and the U.S. Marshal Service. I was a Ground Reconnaissance Operator, Recon Team Leader, Training NCO, NCOIC (Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge), as well as Administrative NCOIC and Budget NCOIC.



Eddie Garcia, Lead Instructor/Coach for The Bulwarks.
Eddie Garcia, Lead Instructor/Coach for The Bulwarks.

Jason Rhodes

Jason’s military career started in 2001 and includes two deployments overseas. He served as lead truck commander for a convoy security unit in Baghdad, Iraq and was responsible for the overall navigation and security of the element while operating in and around the city. He also spent time in East Africa just after the Benghazi attack where he served as the Platoon Sergeant for the newly formed East Africa Response Force, which was tasked with being prepared to react to any threats on American Embassies in the area of operation. 


He received Personal Security Detail (PSD) training from Army Special Forces and coordinated operational plans with State Department Security personnel. Jason was responsible for developing and overseeing all firearms training for the 30-man reaction force. This included Close Quarters Marksmanship and defensive pistol shooting, which included drawing a firearm from the concealed position.

Jason is also a Senior Weaponcraft instructor for the Kentucky National Guard and has been instructing since 2010. He joined the Small Arms Readiness Training Section (SARTS) in 2013 and has trained hundreds of
Kentucky Guardsmen deploying overseas. As a Weaponcraft instructor and member of the SARTS, Jason trains soldiers in a wide range of qualifications; from basic rifle and pistol marksmanship to Shoothouse Instructor qualification courses, which focus on not only teaching soldiers advanced techniques in Close Quarters Marksmanship, but the ability to train other soldiers the same techniques. 


Jason became a Kentucky Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapons instructor in 2010 and has been teaching regularly for almost six years. He has a vast experience working with male and female shooters of all skill sets. Jason has attended defensive firearms training from reputable training academies like Rangemaster and The American Institute of Marksmanship where he learned first hand from renowned instructors Tom Givens and Jim Higginbotham.

Jason Rhoades, Lead Instructor for The Bulwarks.
Jason Rhoades, Lead Instructor for The Bulwarks.

Dwight "Clint" Bushong

I joined the Kentucky Army National Guard in 2007, I have always had a love for the firearms and training. My experience consists of Basic Combat Training, Basic Rifle Marksmanship, Close Quarters Marksmanship, and Military Operation on Urbanized Terrain, Military Police Advanced Individual Training, Combat Life Saver, Air Assault, Leadership Development Course, Military Police Basic Officer Leadership Course, Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station Training, Military Police Investigations, Weaponcraft Instructor and Shoot house Instructor.


I am currently a Military Police Investigator and have served with the Kentucky Small Arms Readiness Training Section (SARTS) for 2 years and have been on Kentucky’s marksmanship team where I have achieved: Governors Twenty Tab, Silver Excellence in Competition badge for pistol, Bronze Excellence in Competition in Rifle and several other top placements in competition. In addition to SARTS I worked full time for the Kentucky Army National Guard Pre Mobilization Training Assistance Element (PTAE) for over 2 years.  


I have assisted and training small teams and large elements of Soldiers and Airmen in preparation for deployment and other contingency operations overseas.


I  deployed to Kandahar province Afghanistan where I was hand selected to lead a 16 personnel security force (SECFOR) for Personal Security Detail (PSD), Convoy Security and mounted and dismounted security operations This deployment resulted in over 270 completed missions with no casualties. I have been a fulltime police officer since 2014 and am a certified Firearms Instructor and CCDW instructor through Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT.) At my Police department I assets with planning, development and implementation of new firearms training. I have shot competitively for my police department at the Kentucky Police Officers Association 3-Gun match with a 1st place finish.  Other police training consists of: Current Issues for Patrol, Social Media and internet Investigations, Incident Preparation, Response and Mitigation and Crisis Intervention Team Training.


My goal is to teach others through my experiences while making myself a better teacher/instructor! Come be Bulwarks Strong!

Dwight "Clint' Bushong, Lead Instructor/Coach for The Bulwarks.
Dwight "Clint' Bushong, Lead Instructor/Coach for The Bulwarks.

Tim Nein

Timothy Nein works full time for the Kentucky National Guard and currently holds the position of State Master Gunner. He has been teaching firearms training for over 20 years and has vast experience from military to civilian applications. 


Tim has a strong belief personal defense and safety. Through these beliefs, he strives to influence others to build foundations to increase their capabilities for personal defense and safety in their lives. 


When not on a range teaching, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, either on a range, in the woods hunting or on the water fishing.  


Tim’s formal school training and experience include: 21 Years service as Military Police Soldier with the United States Army, U.S. Army Small Arms Master Gunner, U. S. Army Gunnery Vehicle Crew Evaluator, Kentucky National Guard Weapon Craft Instructor, U.S. Army Airborne Course, U.S. Army Master Leader Course, NRA Certified Instructor for Home Firearm Safety, Basic Pistol and Personal Protection in the Home, Chief Range Safety Officer, Commonwealth of Kentucky Carry Concealed Deadly Weapons Instructor and Instructor Trainer Utah Department of Public Safety, Concealed Firearm Instructor, Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Trainer, Graduate of Tactical Firearms Training Team (TFTT) Rifle Course, Lifetime Member of National Rifle Association (NRA), Lifetime Member of the Legion of Valor.

Tim Nein, Lead Instructor/Coach for The Bulwarks.
Tim Nein, Lead Instructor/Coach for The Bulwarks.

Courtney McCarthy Beadnell

Courtney came to us with over a decade of military and corrections experience. She spent 13 years in the military, specializing in  Military Police and Corrections. During this time, she led and trained soldiers to prepare them for contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as detention facility operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 


She has led multiple security and emergency response missions throughout Kentucky, to include the Kentucky Derby and the 45th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.


Courtney has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Organizational Law Enforcement Leadership. She has worked as a Probation and Parole Officer for the Kentucky Department of Corrections since 2015 and is a Field Training Officer (FTO), a Firearms Instructor, and is a sitting member of the State Firearms Board for the department.


Courtney is a wife, mother and German Shepherd enthusiast (she has 3).

Courtney McCarthy Beadnell, Bulwarks Instructor with James Eric Dean, CEO.
Courtney McCarthy Beadnell, Bulwarks Instructor with James Eric Dean, CEO.

Karen Farthing

Karen is...unique. We'll go with that. She's our resident nerd, still plays D&D, and can be snarky and irreverent if we don't keep her on a short leash. We love her anyway.


She is very serious about her firearms, though. Karen started shooting in 1976 when she got her first rifle. She competed in 4H Shooting sports - rifle and trap/skeet - from 1977 to 1988. She enlisted in the military in 1989, and continued training with the rifle until 2006 when she left the service. She's a fan of long-distance marksmanship, and will make you train with irons at 800 yards before she'll train you with a scope.


She took up serious study with the pistol few years ago when she started carrying concealed. A lefty with that military habit of keeping the right hand empty, she wanted to learn how to shoot better right-handed and booked a class with the Bulwarks.  She's been hanging around ever since, and we decided to keep her.


Karen served in the Marine Corps and the Army. She has been an intelligence analyst, an interrogator/translator, a HAWK missile system operator, a clerk/typyst, and a Military Police NCO. She spent the bulk of her time in Operations and Training billets, and has been a military firearms instructor/coach, a formal schools coordinator, as well as working drug interdiction, PSD, and MMSO. Her last deployment was as the Operations Sergeant for a Military Police company in Baghdad.


Karen is a Bulwarks graduate, a Rangemaster EDP graduate, an NRA Certified Rifle Instructor, an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer, and was a Sabre Certified Self-Defense Instructor.


Karen is currently semi-retired. She is married, a mother of five, and grandmother of three.



Karen Farthing, Bulwarks Instructor with Jesse Ordunez, Bulwarks Director of Training.
Karen Farthing, Bulwarks Instructor with Jesse Ordunez, Bulwarks Director of Training.

Jason Reed

 

RN, MSN, CEN, AEMT

Jason Grew up in Nashville, TN. He graduated with his Associate of Science in Nursing from Aquinas College and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Walden University. He went into the nursing profession because he loves helping others in need, teaching people to care for themselves, and celebrating life. He is a flight nurse who has been in critical care and emergency medicine for the past 14 years. 


His clinical experience includes acute, chronic, critical, and emergency care, in patients from all age ranges. His passion is trauma care, cardiovascular and pulmonary emergencies, and education. Currently, he practices as a flight nurse for a large level 1 trauma system in Middle Tennessee and is nursing faculty at a large university in East Tennessee. His brings leadership, evidenced-base practice guidelines, and lessons learned from his 14 years of emergency nursing. 


He is licensed in the state of TN as a Registered Nurse and Advanced EMT and is nationally Certified as an Emergency Nurse. He holds certifications in Trauma Combat Casualty Care, Trauma Nurse Core Course Instructor, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Advanced Hazmat Life Support, Advanced Stroke Life Support, Fundamental Critical Care Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support (audited). Jason has taught courses and lectured on topics to include Critical Care Cardiac Emergencies, Bleeding Control and Hemorrhage Management, Airway Management, Intracranial Emergencies and Management, and Trauma Transport Considerations. 


He sits on the faculty of a Critical Care Paramedic Program and teaches critical care nursing clinical. Jason is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association. He aims to provide an enjoyable, informative , and professional learning environment, that prepares his students to care for themselves and their loved ones at the worst of times.

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Wes Rogers

Wes started his military career in 2004 with the Kentucky National Guard. His advanced marksmanship training started in 2006 when he attended Squad Designated Marksman Course at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, North Little Rock, Arkansas. 


During his deployment to Iraq in 2007-2008, he served as lead truck commander for a convoy security unit while in Baghdad, Iraq and was responsible for the safe navigation and overall security of the convoy element while in the area of operations for Multi-National Division – Baghdad. In 2010, he became a certified Weaponcraft and Shoothouse instructor for the Kentucky National Guard and participated in the training of several units mobilizing for deployments. 


Upon moving to Northern Virginia in 2011, Wes became a member of the DC National Guard and deployed to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2013. While in Cuba, he served in the Intelligence Section as an Analyst for the Joint Detention Group under Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Since returning to the Kentucky National Guard in 2016, he has been attached to the Small Arms Readiness Training Section (SARTS) as a Primary Weaponcraft instructor and during both stints as a Weaponcraft instructor has trained hundreds of Kentucky Guardsmen deploying overseas. As a Weaponcraft instructor and being attached to the SARTS, Wes trains soldiers in a wide range of qualifications; from basic rifle and pistol marksmanship and fundamentals to Shoothouse Instructor qualification courses, which focus on not only teaching Soldiers advanced techniques in Close Quarters Marksmanship, but the ability to train and develop other Soldiers the same skills. 


Wes has attended several of The Bulwarks defensive firearms courses, and has been trained by the likes of Jim Higginbotham early on in his instructing career. 

Wes Rogers, Bulwarks consultant/coach.
Wes Rogers, Bulwarks consultant/coach.

Craig Caudill

Author, Educator at Nature Reliance

Craig is the guy we tap when we need GOOD info on anything "outdoorsy", and is a fantastic resource for The Bulwarks. He teaches seminars ranging from just noticing things during a walk in the woods, to tracking, to SHTF preparedness.


A published author, Craig's book "Extreme Wilderness Survival" has what every outdoorsman needs to stay safe in the woods: the right mind-set, skills, advanced tactics and gear choices based on real experiences. Having spent four decades gathering expertise in outdoor survival—including two 30-day solo sabbaticals in remote woods with only a knife - Craig has been there, done that, and got the chigger bites.. 


He teaches military personnel as well as everyday citizens how to avoid trouble and what to do when you can’t avoid it. Craig puts it all together in a sensible way, step by step, for almost any scenario—from getting lost alone to extreme group tactics.


Craig will teach you how to:

· Strengthen your mental fortitude

· Heighten awareness to avoid danger

· Hunt, fish and forage for food

· Make gear from scratch

· Use tactics and self-defense to fight off predators

· Track animals and other people

· Choose the right gear to help you get home safe always 


Craig is currently an educator with Nature Reliance School, an outdoor education organization specializing in teaching to a wide audience. 


Craug Caudill, author and educator; consultant for The Bulwarks.
Craug Caudill, author and educator; consultant for The Bulwarks.