Our Cadre

Eric Dean

 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. Also, 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-moblization 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  am also on the Kentucky Army National Guards Marksmanship Team and have  been for over 4 consecutive years. We participate 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. I also volunteer with the Kentucky Wounded  Hero’s organization for approximately 3 years. I have trained at  nationally recognized academies like Gunsite, Rangemaster, Riposte INC,  and audited many other classes from other reputable  school houses. I am one of the founders of The American Institute of  Marksmanship, partnering with Jim Higginbotham, Dalton Jantzen, and Walt  Sholar, and AIM will always be close to my heart.

LIST OF ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 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
  • 2011 National Guard MAC III Regional (SE USA)                              1st Place Pistol (Team)
  • 2011 National Guard MAC III Regional (SE USA)                              2nd Place Aggregate (Team)
  • 2011 Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General's Match               2nd Place Aggregate
  • 2012 Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General's Match               2nd Place Aggregate
  • 2012 Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General's Match                2nd Place Rifle
  • 2012 Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General's Match                2nd Place Pistol
  • Earned the Kentucky National Guard "Governor's Twenty" Tab
  • 2012 National Guard MAC III Regional (SE USA)                               2nd Place Pistol
  • 2013 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 Pistol Match (Open)
  • 2015 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships                                    2nd Combat Pistol Match (Open)
  • 2015 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships                                    1st Place Overall Pistol (Open)
  • 2015 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships                                    2nd Place Overall (Open)
  • 2015 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 Rifle
  • 2017 Kentucky National Guard "Governor's Twenty Match"              1st Place Overall
  • 2016 Bluegrass Crime Stoppers Shootout                                        1st Place Overall
  • U.S. Army Gold Distinguished Pistol Award
  • U.S. Army Silver Distinguished Rifle Award

Jesse Ordunez

 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 as a 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 

Edwin 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. 

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. 

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 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 

Loren Long

"That Guy"


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.