Key Personnel Bios

David Robinson, Managing Director

 

David is the managing director of The Range at Camp David and host for all events at The Range. A native of South Carolina, David moved to the Washington DC area in 2012. He noticed that adults from urban areas did not seem to have opportunities when growing up to learn shooting, hunting, and survival skills that he did. 

 

He believes that everyone would benefit from the opportunity to learn these basic skills. After throwing the idea around with friends, David created the concept for training events at The Range, including the flagship event: Tactical Guardian Weekend. 

John Robinson, U.S. Air Force Colonel

 

Colonel John Robinson is the commander of the 445th Operations Group, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He commands approximately 350 personnel assigned to the 89th Airlift Squadron, 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and the 445th Operations Support Squadron. Colonel Robinson is a graduate of Clemson University and commissioned through AFROTC. With 25 years of service, he was a member of the 17th AS, the first squadron of C-17s as the C-17 program was initially beginning. He has accumulated more than 6,500 hours in the C-17 and is an NVG Airdrop Evaluator. He has participated in many operations over the years including operations Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, presidential support missions and Humanitarian relief missions.

 

As the Chief of Tactics, he participated in 2007 Airlift Rodeo. His team won best C-17 Airdrop Crew and Best Air Refueling Team. The relationship he developed with airborne users led to an invitation to attend the Army Basic Airborne course in Ft. Benning, Ga. at age 51. He completed the course with five, T-11 parachute jumps.

Josh Blackwell, Airline Pilot

 

Josh has been flying since he was 18 and has been an airline pilot since 2004. He is currently a Captain with a major U.S. commercial airline.  In addition to his love of flying, Josh is passionate about firearms and all things tactical. He is a USCCA-certified instructor in basic pistol, home defense, CCW, and range safety.

 

Josh lives in Virginia with his wife, Lydia, and two dogs.

Mike Lipscomb, NRA-certified Instructor

 

Mike is a former U.S. Air Force Security Specialist and has worked for the U.S. Department of Energy Protective Force, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Road Patrol, and Force Protection Technologies Inc. He is currently an NRA/SLED-certified Firearms Instructor and Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor.

John Getz, PMP, USAMMDA

 

John is a Product Manager, Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine for the United States Army Medical Material Development Activity (USAMMDA) at Ft. Detrick. 

 

John is passionate about cars, motorcycles, firearms, and all things metal!  He enjoys running tough mudders and practicing for bow competitions. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Allison.

Lt. Mark Howard, Edgefield County Sheriff's Office

 

Mark has 20+ years of Law Enforcement experience, including more than seven years as a Law Enforcement Tactical Operator and SWAT Commander.  He is an SC Criminal Justice Academy Adjunct firearms and rifle instructor, an IALEFI Master Instructor for handgun, and a SC Concealed Weapon Permit Instructor.

Tommy Goodson, Sniper Instructor

 

Tommy is a former U.S. Marine Corps Scout\Sniper Team Leader and Instructor.  He is currently a Special Response Team Operator, Sniper, and Sniper Instructor.

Matt Robinson, Krav Maga Instructor

 

Matt has nearly 30 years experience in martial arts/self protection.  He has earned blackbelts in Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Chuck Norris System, and several other types of martial arts.  He is a certified Active Killer/Shooter Defense instructor and provides instruction to various local law enforcement agencies and multiple Special Operations groups throughout the U.S. Military.

Chris Walker, Second Judicial Circuit of South Carolina Chief Investigator

Chris Walker is a life long resident of the Aiken area.  He entered into the law

enforcement profession as a patrol officer with the Aiken Department of Public Safety

in 2007.  During this time, he served on the Aiken Bloodhound Tracking Team as a tracker

and handler tasked with locating and apprehending fugitives.  

 

In 2013, Chris joined the

security contractor at a local nuclear facility where he received advanced training on multiple weapon systems.  He holds instructor certifications in firearms and intermediate force from the DOE National Training Center as well as driving and firearms instructor training from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.  Chris says being a police officer has been a great accomplishment but doesn't compare to being a husband and a father.  "Family is ultimately why I train".  Chris is a competitive Precision Rifle Series (PRS) shooter and a Valhalla Rifleworks Co. team shooter.  

Brad Hicks, Sniper Team Member

Brad is a 6-year veteran of the U.S.Marine Corps, where he served in Amtracs. He is currently a member of the Special Response Team at the Savannah River National Laboratory.

Cassy Robinson, Business Manager

 

Cassy develops equipment standards for law enforcement and public safety as her day job.  In her free time, she enjoys being at The Range and helping create an environment where everyone feels at home, learns new skills, and gets to experience Southern hospitality.  She supports The Range, taking care of business, logistics, details, and hospitality for all events.

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