Ron is a U.S. Navy Veteran of the first Gulf War and while serving with the Reserve Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Det. 409, was activated and deployed with EODMU8 as a Basic Underwater Demolition First Class Navy Diver for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001.
He worked for the PA Department of Corrections for 16 ½ years with the last 5 being dedicated to the Hostage Rescue Team as a certified Law Enforcement Explosive Breacher. During that time, he was attending Butler County Community College where he earned his degree in Criminal Justice. In 2009, he was hired as a PA State Parole Agent with the PA Board of Probation and Parole and was certified as a Firearms Instructor shortly thereafter. Ron retired from the Board in January of 2020 as a State Parole Supervisor / Firearms Instructor in order to devote his time to running TSP full-time.
Throughout the past 20 years, he has taught Basic Defensive Tactics, Advanced Defensive Tactics, Handgun and Shotgun classes in the PA Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole and in the private sector as well. He has been certified by Red Cell International, Corp. Tactical Operator’s Course, NYPD for their HIDTA I & II Dynamic Entry Course, NTOA for Basic SWAT, Tactical Security Network, Inc. for Law Enforcement Tactical Explosive Breaching, the PA Hostage Rescue Team as an Operator/Explosive Breacher. He is currently certified by the NRA as a Law Enforcement Handgun/Shotgun Instructor and Range Safety Officer, the Pennsylvania State Police as a Firearms Instructor, an Act235 Agent, an Act235 Firearms Instructor and a LEOSA Firearms Recertification Instructor. He has also been Certified as a Glock Armorer.
Ron is a Lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, the NRA as well as a 32nd degree Master Mason. He was recently honored as a Distinguished Graduate of the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute where he maintains a Presidential membership.