TTOS Instructors

HIGHLY-TRAINED PROFESSIONALS With Military Operations or Law Enforcement Backgrounds
The company is organized to provide qualified personnel in order to support critical tactical instruction, program development, and support.
Areas of Expertise:
  • Visual Combat Tracking
  • Manhunting and Targeting
  • Border Security and Interdiction
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Network Exploitation and Defeat
  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
  • Counter Narcotics; Maritime Interdiction
  • Technical Surveillance
  • Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED)
  • Force Protection

TTOS Instructor Bios

Peter Kerr

– President/CEO and Subject Matter Expert

Pete spent most of his career working as a Conservation Enforcement Officer for the State of Hawaii. Pete is an avid outdoorsman, who grew up hunting and running around in woods as a kid. His fondness for being outdoors and hunting made it a logical choice to pursue a career as a conservation officer. As an LEO, he spent a good portion of his career working the counterdrug mission in Hawaii, with specific focus on marijuana eradication and enforcement operations. This career path and focus on counterdrug efforts provided him with opportunity to expand his bush-craft skills, and attend a verity of military, tactical, and counterdrug courses, to include the TTOS tactical tracking course in 1998. His passion for counterdrug led him to being assigned to the DEA DCE/SP Task Force and to becoming his departments interagency liaison for a multi-agency counterdrug efforts on the Island of Hawaii, which focused on targeting manufacturing, trafficking, and smuggling operations. Pete spent much of his time in the jungles tracking those engaged in illicit activities.

Pete has been with TTOS since 1998. He is a lifelong (and competitive at high levels) martial arts student, gravitating mainly toward Kali and Escrima; and a little Silat (although he is a former Tae Kwan Do champion). He used tracking professionally for many years as part of his regular duties, with great successes.

Additionally, and related to his membership on the TTOS team, he has been working as part of an operational team (since 2013) of SME’s on missions wherein the highest level of tracking capability, bushcraft and evasion is crucial. Pete is essentially our Chief of Scouts.

G. Thomas Lightfoot

– Vice President and Subject Matter Expert

Thomas grew up in open range country. He began instructing firearms at the age of 14 and was also a competitive shooter at that age and the years that followed. He grew up in the woods as a hunter and outdoorsman and became a very competent big game hunter at a very young age, by himself. He is a former Army Ranger with 2/75, as well as a former Intel NCO. He spent almost 20 years that followed his Army enlistment as an LEO. He has been a police officer, field deputy, detective (narcotics), detective (major crimes), SRT, K9 handler, wildlife officer and tracking team member, with many captures to his credit. From his multi-jurisdictional border county manhunting experiences and expertise, he created Operation Green SEAL, which was later adopted by the U.S. Government and later made classified. A lot of the “guts” of the RLEO Academy come from Operation Green SEAL (unclassified).

Working nearly his whole career on the border, he was also a commissioned CBP officer, as well as a U.S. Park Police Officer. He’s been a sergeant, staff sergeant, commander and bureau chief. He has been a tactics/combatives instructor in the State of Washington since 1999. He has extensive tracking experience, beginning as a child at age 11, in vast open range country. He is a student of martial arts, gravitating toward Kali and Escrima. He still works a generalist K9 and is formerly an avid hunter. He currently tracks and studies cougars in the NW during his off-time.

He received his formal instruction through TTOS in 2002 and in 2004 (2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 as well). In 2005 he was selected as an instructor for TTOS. In 2008 he became a Lead Instructor for the LE division. In 2012 he became a Lead Instructor for all TTOS programs of instruction. In 2012 he was also appointed to the position of Director of Operations and later VP (2016).

Additionally, and related to his membership on the TTOS team, he has been working as part of an operational team (since 2013) of SME’s on missions wherein the highest level of tracking capability, bushcraft and evasion is crucial.

He also saw a terrorist once, and got awards for it.

Instructors

Jon Frantzen

– Law Enforcement, Wildlife, SAR – Tactical Tracker 1&2 (Lead) *

Background: Former expert woodsman, trapper and outdoorsman. Retired LEO in Washington State. Jon is our recently retired and former Vice President, with TTOS from the beginning. He still teaches LE and SAR courses within the region. Used tracking as a part of his regular duties for more than 20 years. He was also a tactical instructor for the state. Prior to that he d tracking as a trapper, woodsman and outdoorsman of the highest caliber. He is a lifelong martial arts student.


Kregg Jorgensen

– Law Enforcement, Wildlife, SAR – Tactical Tracker 1&2 (Lead)*

Background: Former LRRP Ranger with H co. 75th in Vietnam. Attending training (indigenous) in Viet Nam. His list of awards and commendations is deep, including 3 Purple Hearts. He is a retired ICE Agent/K9 Handler and a widely published and know author. He says he “retired” from teaching tracking, but he can routinely be found on courses in the NW. He is a lifelong martial arts student.


Rich Phillips

– Law Enforcement, Wildlife – Tactical Tracker 1&2 (Lead)*

Background: Stellar career with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and is now retired. He was the former commander of the state LE academy and former Master Tactics Instructor for the state as well.


Paul Zohovetz

– Law Enforcement, SAR, Tactical Tracker 1&2, Rural Narcotics Operations, Rural Law Enforcement Operations, ERAD, K9, TACMED, Firearms (Lead)*

Background: Prior military and current Ranger (LE) with the Bureau of Land Management. For ten years prior to that he was an LEO for the United States Forest Service, including assignments on ERAD teams, SAR, and firearms training unit. For most of his time with the USFS he was a K9 handler, working in very austere environments by himself, or with small teams on ERAD operations. He uses tracking professionally on a routine basis as part of his expansive duties; and very successfully so.

 

Freddy Osuna 

– Combat Tracker 1&2, SAR tracking ,(Associate Lead)**

Background: Former US Marine with an extensive tracking background.  FO started developing his tracking skills in the mid 90’s.  He continued to hone his skill while serving with the USMC.  During his career Marine FO attended a TTOS combat tracker course .  Upon his separation from the Marines FO was employed by TTOS; he received instructor development training; became and assistant instructor; then a lead instructor for military courses at Ft. Huachuca.  Freddy’s a good man and now has a unique program of his own and has written one book titled “Index Tracking”, with another on the way.  FO continues to teach tracking under his company Greenside Training, LLC and as IC instructor for TTOS.


Clint Korhonen

– Law Enforcment, SAR – Tactical Tracker 1 (Associate Lead)**

Background: Current LEO in Washington State


Nathan Poplawski

– Law Enforcement – Tactical Tracker 1 (Associate Lead)**

Background: Current LEO in Washington State


Scott Furgeson

– Law Enforcement – Tactical Tracker 1 (Associate Lead)**

Background: Former military, current LEO in Washington State, Law Enforcement Mountain Operations School Instructor

*Runs courses independently, solicits courses, selects venues, creates additional content, leads the execution, manages associate leads

**Works as a team member with a Lead Instructor or backing SME

+ READ MORE ABOUT TTOS INSTRUCTORS

TTOS has a long list of qualified tracking instructors and subject matter experts it utilizes to support training, consulting, and development task.

TTOS staff personnel are highly-trained professionals with distinctive military operations or law enforcement backgrounds.  These experts have over 150 years of combined tracking experience in operations and training missions.

All TTOS SME personnel have extensive tracking experience and are thoroughly versed in manhunting operations and a variety of other specialized tactical training and skills; which they used comprehensively during their military and/or law enforcement careers with elite military units such as the US Army Special Forces (SF),  and Rangers; USMC Force Recon and MARSOC; and Navy SEALS.

+ MOBILE TRAINING TEAM

Our company conducts training either at TTOS facilities, or via Mobile Training Teams (MTT). TTOS is experienced in planning and executing training at any location, based on client requirements, to include CONUS/OCONUS, urban/rural, or remote supported sites.

TTOS can provide training support to elements operating in theaters of combat, low intensity conflict, and other uncertain environments as well.

Former Instructors

Our SME’s have unique backgrounds.  They are bush-minded masters of their environment, comfortable in any setting, knowledgeable in not just tracking but bushcraft, survival (yes, bushcraft and survival are different.  Survival is what people that don’t know bushcraft have to do), orienteering, small unit tactics, SERE, jungle and mountain warfare, collectively.  A team of peers coming together has a synergistic effect.  Iron sharpens iron.  There is no way to attain an equitable depth of knowledge without the use of a team.  We are a team first, individuals second.

We have a simple matrix that is used when we, as SME’s, select and retain potential instructors:

  1. You have to have skill in the area intended to be taught (attend our courses), as well as a depth in varied combat skills, tactics and/or arts.
  2. You have to have used said skill (tracking) in practical real world scenarios, many times.
  3. You have to be able to teach the skill intended, both professionally and effectively. If you cannot transfer your knowledge, you’re ineffective.
  4. You CANNOT be an arrogant jerk.
Sounds simple, right?  Not as easy as it looks.

At TTOS, we have always used a team approach.  From day one, this organization was created by and staffed by a group of experienced trackers, all subject matter experts (SME’s), with diverse backgrounds.  When you have disparate yet complimentary backgrounds, you get the benefit of all aspects of the skill; especially when those instructors are SME’s.  With only one instructor you’re left with a singular point of view and a more narrowed style of expertise.

No one person has a monopoly on Combat and Tactical Tracking or the instruction therein.  A monopoly is not checked by external forces that keep it grounded in reality.  Sadly, there are those out there that believe that they are the monopoly on tracking and tracking instruction and therefore not checked or influenced by reality; other than the reality that they create in their own minds.  You assess what the ensuing result is as a result of that type of thinking.

We are proud of the fact that our programs have created instructors that have gone off to do their own thing as instructors in tracking.  The true test of an SME is their ability to bring students from a low-level of knowledge, to becoming fully self-actualized and able to teach the skill-set of tracking.  Former students of our SME’s make good instructors.

 

At TTOS we still operate with multiple SME’s (and a select very few instructors), all with varied backgrounds in U.S. military and Law Enforcement organizations, such as:  Special Forces, Marine Scout Snipers, Ranger, SEAL, Marine Force Recon, SWAT, LE, etc., and combinations therein.  Not only are the SME’s from these backgrounds all highly experienced trackers, with many real-world experiences, but they are also expertly trained instructors; all of which continue to develop in both subject matter skill and instruction.

+ List of Former TTOS Students - Instructors

Former TTOS Instructors List

David Scott-Donelan

Background:  Former Rhodesian Army officer and South African soldier
Tracking Experience:  Attended one-week (of a six week course) of training with the Tracker Combat Unit in Rhodesia, under Captain Alan Savory.  The rest can be found in various places on the internet and in his book.

Current Status:  Offering courses as the Scott-Donelan Tracking School

Cornelius Nash

Background:  Former US Army officer

Tracking Experience:  Attended TTOS courses and later worked in the front office.  Employed by TTOS for a little more than a month.

Current Status:  Working with Scott-Donelan as SDTS.

Mike Kancir

Background: Retired Army SF

Tracking Experience: Attended Malaysian School while in the military; then later reached out to TTOS in 1997-98 to collaborate on offering tracking training in the US.  He learned the Rhodesian methods and dynamics of a footprint and gait analysis while with TTOS.  Separated from TTOS in 2008.  Mike’s a great guy.

Current Status:  Offering tracking courses under ASF, Inc. http://asfops.com/combat_tracking___tactical_tracking

Steve Holms

Background: Retired Army SF

Tracking experience: Attended TTOS courses and was later brought on as a part time instructor for TTOS.  Separated from TTOS in 2008.

Current Status:  Offering tracking courses under ASF, Inc. http://asfops.com/combat_tracking___tactical_tracking

Randy Merriman

Background: Prior Texas LEO

Tracking Experience: TTOS trained while LEO in Texas, later becoming an assistant instructor on LEO courses, then later a lead instructor for Military courses at Ft. Huachuca; Separated from TTOS in 2009.

Current Status:  Offering tracking courses under Dynamic Strategies International (DSI)  http://www.dynamicstrategies.us/

Larry Wilkinson

Background: Prior service with Navy (not in a combat or operational rate) and prior probationary LEO

Tracking Experience:  No prior tracking experience, however he claimed to have attended the Malaysian School, but the copy of the certificate provided was heavily redacted, and was inconsistent with his former rate.   He attended two tracking courses with TTOS.  He was then later offered a position as an assistant instructor as a continuation of the “favor”.  He received instructor development training, and was placed on a 30 day probationary period.  He failed the probation period twice; and after failing for the third time (90 Days) he was released from TTOS.

Current Status:  Now offer training under Tactical Tracking Training School, Inc.

John Hurth

Background: Prior service with U.S. Army

Tracking Experience: No prior tracking experience.  Attended TTOS Combat tracker 1 & 2 (2002 and 2006) and later asked for a job after separation from the Army.  Employed with TTOS for approximately one year, wherein he attended additional training, including instructor development.  Worked as an assistant instructor.  Later published the book, “Combat Tracking Guide” with liberal use of TTOS proprietary materials taken during his brief employment.  Additionally, he has adopted our motto of, “Always the Hunter – Never the Hunted” for his own use, among many other things.

Current Status:  Now offering tracking courses as Tyr Group, LLC

Fernando Moreira

Background: Unknown

Tracking Experience: Unknown, however in early 2000 attended TTOS courses. Following his course attendance with TTOS, he later began offering courses with Professional Tracking Services. He now offers training under his own company name.

Current Status:  Offering tracking courses Tactical Tracking School (Not Tactical Tracking Operations School, although his company name sounds as though he could be)

Freddy Osuna

Background: Former Marine.

Tracking Experience: TTOS trained while serving with Marines; no other relevant tracking experience; later asked for a job after being released from the Marines; attended the full combat tracker course; received instructor development training; became and assistant instructor; then a lead instructor for military courses at Ft. Huachuca; Separated from TTOS in 2012.  Freddy’s a nice man and now has a unique program of his own and has written one book, with another on the way. He was also an instructor with USMC Combat Hunter, another TTOS built program, for six months.

Current Status:  After his employment with us he became an instructor within another one of our programs being administered by another contractor. Offering tracking courses at Greenside Training, LLC

 Jim Martin

Background: Former LEO

Tracking Experience: did some training in East Timor, wrote a book; asked for a job with TTOS after moving back to the US.  Attended the full combat tracker course and received instructor development training, later becoming an assistant instructor and then a lead instructor for Military courses at Ft. Huachuca; Separated from TTOS in 2013.

Current Status:  Unk

Patrick Patten

Background: Federal LEO

Tracking Experience:  He and several of his contemporaries attended our courses at Fort Huachuca a few years ago.  Soon thereafter, and with our manuals and related publications, started the Backcountry Tactics and Tracking Program (BTTP) for FLETC, without our permission.

Current Status:  Retired and offers courses through Tactical Woodland Operations School, LLC

Mike Hull

Background: State Wildlife LEO

Tracking Experience:  Attended TTOS courses and later became and instructor for himself.  He has also recently written a book on tracking.

Current Status: Offering courses through VITALE and trackingschool.com, also working with Patten at TWOS.

In closing, the list of former students that have gone off to run their own program is deep; and this is not an all-inclusive list.  If you go to any place on the internet and find a tracking training provider, there’s a 99% chance they were a former student of ours.

In closing, the list of former students that have gone off to run their own program is deep; and this is not an all-inclusive list. If you go to any place on the internet and find a tracking training provider, there’s a 99% chance they were a former student of ours.