INSTRUCTORS

    Chief "Super" Sanchez retired after 27 years of service as a USAF Pararescueman (PJ). 16 of those years he was a Tier 1 special operator;  planning and executing successful military operations & anti-terrorism activities in hostile environments through numerous deployments with SEAL TEAM 6, FBI and other Joint service Special Ops:  Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Operation Northern Watch, Joint Anvil, Operation Southern Watch among others. Conducted special and high-risk training and operations & provided mentoring, training, and counseling with direct supervision of both U.S. & foreign nationals.

           Chief was the Pararescue Schoolhouse Commandant from 2000-2004, overseeing the final 6 months of training for hundreds of PJ trainees over the course of his 4 years at the 342nd Training Squadron. Chief helped develop and write several USAF Special Operations fitness tests. Active in the community, Chief Sanchez is currently a VFW Captain, as well as a reserve Fire Chief. With a passion in overseeing operations and development of aspiring special ops. candidates, Chief knows what it takes to train for Special operations. 

Retired Navy SEAL officer Isaiah Staley began his career as a US Navy SEAL at 36 years old after serving in the Air Force as both a Pararescueman (PJ) and Combat Rescue Officer (CRO). With 9 Deployments, 6 as a PJ (Kosovo, Iraq, and 4 times to Afghanistan), 2 as a CRO (Both to Afghanistan), and once to Iraq as an LT SEAL, Isaiah is a veteran warrior. Isaiah was recently chosen to compete in the elite USSOCOM (United States Special Operations Command) Warrior Games. With a passion for human performance & fitness, he often performs side-by-side with developing students, challenging them & leading by example. Isaiah knows what it takes to train for Special Operations.

Jason Sweet served from 2008-2014 in US Special Operations as a USAF PJ (Pararescue Jumper), with over 60 combat rescue missions in Helmand Province Afghanistan in 2012. 

Jason is a former 2-sport NCAA athlete (GCU Baseball & U of A Football) & High School Under Armour/Team One All-American. As a 2014-2016 member of the University of Arizona Football team and pre-med student, Jason teamed up with Dr. Ricardo Valerdi to win the NCAA/DoD Mind Matters Challenge, inventing & developing a smartphone app together that simulates football concussions in virtual reality. Jason continues to consult & research for the DSRI (Defense & Security Research Institute) in

aspects of Human Performance (HP).

Since earning his BA in Biochemistry in May 2018, Jason has professionally mentored & developed over 500 special operations candidates in 7 different states.

Jason has instructed over 1,600 students over the course of 9 years as a private/contracted TCCC (Tactical Combat Casualty Care) instructor for various agencies including FEMA.

Byron Beplay served with the 75th Ranger Regiment as a US Army Ranger. After becoming Combat Diver qualified, he became a pre-Combat Diver Qualification Course instructor. Byron was also a qualified Special Operations medic, and has instructed overseas with many organizations, including GSMG. He has conducted multiple Joint Special Operations missions, and currently works internationally in humanitarian operations. Byron is located in the Florida panhandle-region & works with our candidates out of the Northwest Florida region. Currently in top physical shape, Byron will not only tell you what it takes for special operations, he will show you first-hand. 

Timothy Branch “T” served as a Navy Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC) from 2012-2018. While deploying to CENTCOM 6 times as a top performer in Naval Special Operations he also finished his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and is currently a full time student pursing his Master of Science in Leadership. Among his numerous qualifications he is a UAV Operator/Instructor, HALO/Static Line qualified, and a 200 TON Captain. T has been mentoring and developing candidates in the Phoenix area since 2018, and has been an invaluable asset to our team as our Phoenix group has reached over 20 members under his leadership. T knows what it takes for Special Operations.

Connor Matthews, Originally from Massachusetts, served from 2013 -2019 as a USAF Combat Controller (CCT). 3.5 of those years was stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord at the 22 Special Tactics Squadron with a Combat Deployment to Afghanistan in 2018. Connor is HALO qualified, Combat Dive qualified, static line Jumpmaster, and Army Mountain Warfare certified. As an athlete Connor has been involved in a wide variety of martial arts including  Brazilian jujitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, Taekwondo and Kempo. He started competing in MMA in 2011 and still currently has an amateur record of (8-2). Next bout will be a professional MMA fight for Cage Titans. Want to join the ranks of the elite USAF Combat Controllers? Connor knows what it takes.

Nick Gough served nearly eight years in the elite 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, with 6 of those years as a sniper. As a sniper section leader, he graduated the US Army Sniper School & Special Operations Target Interdiction course with top honors. Nick has deployed 15 times to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hostile theaters with the 75th Ranger Regiment and as a Global Response Staff (GRS) Operator. In 2018, he founded Dark Corner Concepts and currently instructs in both the private & military sectors. In addition to instruction, Nick advises on weapons development for a large firearms manufacturer. With SOCOM Athlete, Nick mentors & develops candidates in the Southern Florida region, as well as online mentorship/Q & A to those interested in becoming an Army ranger. As a former triathlete & top PT performer in the 75th Ranger Regiment, Nick knows what it takes to train for Special Operations.