Pacific West Academy’s Certified Training Instructors

Pacific West Academy’s training instructors incorporate years of military and executive protection experience into the course curriculum.

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    Oded Krashinsky

    Owner and CEO

    Mr. Krashinsky is a veteran lieutenant of one of the world’s most respected secret service special operations units. Having served with top-secret security clearance, he is specially trained in anti-terrorist tactics, multiple firearms and electronic counter-surveillance, threat analyses, risk assessments, emergency preparedness and crisis planning. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, personnel management, training and emerging technologies with strong physical security assessment and physical security planning expertise for chief executive officers and high net-worth private clients and families.

    • Israeli Air Force Commando/Tier 1 Operator
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    Donald Kuehner

    Director of Training

    Mr. Kuehner joined the Advanced Security Concepts team in the summer of 2012 after completing his enlistment in the U.S. Army. During his military career, he served exclusively with the 82nd Airborne Division advancing from the position of rifleman to Squad Leader. Donald's experience comes from his multiple tours in Afghanistan, completion of numerous military schools, and first-hand firearms knowledge while acting as a firearms sales associate in the Southern California area.

    • US Army - 82nd Airborne Division, NCO
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    Michael Brown

    Training Coordinator/Instructor

    Mike spent 10 years in the U.S. Navy and is a former Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician and Special Operations team leader. He has had multiple deployments with a Joint Special Operations Task Force where he specialized in counter-terrorism operations, specifically; hostage rescue, counter-Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), surveillance and counter-surveillance.

    Throughout his career in the Navy, Mike conducted security operations in over 20 countries and has provided close protection to some of the highest-ranking officials in the U.S. Government ,including the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense.

    After his military career, Mike spent some time working private military contracts and is currently working as an Executive Protection Agent in addition to his instructing duties at PWA.

    • Close Protection Agent
    • Navy Special Operations (EOD)
    • Military Freefall/ Military Diver
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    Raz Klinghoffer

    Training Instructor

    Raz Klinghoffer is a former Israeli Navy SEAL who dedicated six years of his life to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). He has participated in countless military operations and managed, commanded, and trained troops on both land and sea; finishing his career with the rank of Top Sergeant. Trained in many disciplines, Mr. Klinghoffer served as a first-aid lead and completed extensive training as a field medic. Afterward, Mr. Klinghoffer began his career in protection and security, acting as a team member of special security forces that secured gas platforms 15 miles from Israel’s shoreline.

    Mr. Klinghoffer moved to the United States shortly upon his completion of duties off the Mediterranean coast and graduated from PWA's Comprehensive Security Training Course. Upon completion, he was hired by ASC as an executive protection agent working with and around A-list celebrities directly in the field. His training and expertise has led him to become an Instructor for PWA with his main area of expertise displayed as a teacher on the firing range.

    • Close Protection Specialist
    • Israeli Navy SEAL
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    Tomer Israeli

    Director of Combat and Firearms Tactics

    Served as Captain & team leader in a special Israeli recon unit, YACMAM Tomer is a certified Chief Security Officer in the Israeli “Shin-Bet” (Israeli Secret Service) and served in the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. as team leader, equivalent to deputy Chief Security Officer. Tomer’s field of expertise in counter-terrorism and diplomatic security includes assets protection and dignitary of protection.

    In 2013, Tomer founded Israeli Tactical School, LLC and he is the architect of the TAC™ program for civilian and law enforcement security that combines hand-to-hand combat with tactical shooting foran Active Shooter and a Home Self Defense mission profile. The TAC program is considered to be one of the most effective techniques in the world, based on the Israeli Secret Service “Individual Warrior” concept, proven to be successful for decades in the fight against terror.

    • Chief Security Officer in the Israeli Secret Service
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    Jacob Lupton

    Lead Training Instructor

    Mr. Lupton joined Pacific West Academy to pursue his vision for a premium security training organization that would meet the growing demand for a higher level of protective services. Mr. Lupton is a veteran Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps. With over three deployments and extensive operations in the Middle East, Mr. Lupton is technically and tactically proficient in explosives, small arms and defusing hostile situations. He has proven himself as an effective leader with the ability to elicit interest and enthusiasm using a common-sense approach. His degree of attention to the protection of client assets and unique solutions always meet or exceed our clients’ highest goals and expectations.

    • Close Protection Agent
    • US Marines - 1st Marine Division, NCO
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    Holland Ahern

    Training Instructor

    Holland spent six years in the United States Marine Corps, deploying to Afghanistan in 2011. Billeted as a turret gunner, vehicle operator, and vehicle commander, Holland was responsible for the safe facilitation of convoy assets to and from friendly areas of operation. He was honorably discharged in 2015 at the rank of Sergeant.

    Holland is an Active Executive Protection agent and has been a competitive martial artist since the age of 10. He holds black belt ranking in three separate martial art systems (Tang Soo Do, Kempo, and the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program), full instructor certification in Krav Maga, and a green belt in Judo. He is also a fully certified Israeli tactical knife-fighting instructor, and an Israeli counter- terror technique and active shooter defense instructor. Holland has been competing in martial arts for over a decade and is also an amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, boxer, and kickboxer. Some of the organizations he has fought for are Reality Fighting, the United States Boxing Association (USBA), Wishers Kickboxing, Premier Fighting Championships, North American Grappling Association (NAGA), and the United States Judo Federation (USJF).

    Holland is an instructor at Pacific West Academy for the CESS, CPS and CST programs where he specializes in hand-to-hand combat instruction, Executive Protection Fundamentals and current Executive Protection conventions and standards.

    • Close Protection Agent
    • Lead martial art instructor
    • Professional MMA fighter
    • US Marines - 4th Marine Division, NCO
  • PWA team member Benji Rosenfeld

    Benji Rosenfeld

    Combative Training Instructor

    Benjamin Rosenfeld became a member of the Advanced Security Concepts team in 2010. Throughout Ben's time with ASC he has worked in Estate Security, Executive Protection, and as a Personal Bodyguard. Ben's career as a protection agent has covered multiple disciplines, including the Director of Security for Infusion Lounge, Universal Studios and Security Host for numerous Hollywood nightclubs. His true passion being martial arts, Ben has devoted countless hours to training and teaching Krav Maga, boxing, muay thai, freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, and submission wrestling. Ben's career and knowledge allows him to understand and teach manipulation of the human body in relation to martial arts and shooting tactics necessary for proper training of Executive Protection Agents. Now a Pacific West Academy Instructor, he aims to train and produce Executive Protection Agents of the highest caliber, ready to advance their careers in the security field.

    • Close Protection Specialist
    • Mixed Martial Artist
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    Steve Burkett

    Van Nuys Head Instructor

    Steven is a senior instructor and training center manager at Advanced Security Concepts. He is a certified weapons instructor and Range Safety Officer. He currently holds instructor certifications with the State of California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) – Firearms; Department of Justice DOJ) – Firearms Safety/Roll Fingerprint; National Rifle Association (NRA) – Pistol, Range Safety Officer; American Heart Association (AHA) – CPR/First Aid; and Taser International – Taser X26-X2. Steven holds additional certifications and licenses with the Federal Aeronautics Administration (FAA) – Helicopter Pilot; Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) – Competition Race License;  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  – Active Shooter; Glock – Armorer; To Shin Do Martial Arts – Brown/Black Belt.

    Steven joined Advanced Security Concepts in 2010 and has been a member and instructor of our elite Executive Protection Team for over seven years. He has worked hundreds of protection details with some of our highest profile celebrities and executives in addition to many red-carpet awards shows and movie premieres. He has over 30 years’ experience in managing and supervising personnel teams.

    • Close Protection Specialist
    • NRA Instructor/Concealed Weapons Instructor
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    David Paladini

    Medical Training Instructor

    An 18-year veteran of the United States Army and a member of the Ranger community, David has functioned as a Long Range Detachment team member and leader. As a secondary military occupational specialty (MOS), he graduated from the Health Care Technician’s course at Fort Sam Huston, Texas and was awarded the military MOS 68 W. He is a member of the Special Operations Medical Association, Ranger Association and Army Parachute Association.

    Mr. Paladini is a civilian paramedic with over 15 years’ service in a Southern California-based 911 systems. David is Affiliate Faculty to the American Heart Association and holds Instructor Credentials in Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) disciplines. He currently functions as Course Coordinator for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) course and is Affiliate Faculty, Course Coordinator and Military Instructor for NAEMT’s Tactical Casualty Combat Care course. David has also graduated from a California Peace Officers Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) academy and functioned as a reserve Deputy.

    • US Army - Medic (68W), NCO
    • Former Law Enforcement Officer
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    George Rodriquez

    San Diego Regional Manager

    Since 1992, George Rodriguez has been a Corporate Security Director for a $600M sport memorabilia corporation and for a $1B worldwide sport equipment manufacturer. At both companies, Mr. Rodriguez successfully developed security departments which worked closely with Human Resources and Legal to protect employee, executives, and inventory assets in multiple U.S. states and Mexico. In addition, Mr. Rodriguez managed multiple narcotic and theft investigations, including, covert employees, interviews and law enforcement involvement. After leaving the corporate sector, Mr. Rodriguez created, managed and sold a full-service, State of California-certified security company, serving numerous high-profile businesses and individual clients throughout Southern California.

    Mr. Rodriguez is fluent in English and Spanish. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix, San Diego Campus, and a Human Resources Management Certification from Villanova University. Additionally, Mr. Rodriguez has many professional certifications that are specific to corporate security: State of California training, executive protection, investigations, interviewing and private patrol operations. Mr. Rodriguez’s professional affiliations include the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) International, National Council of Investigation & Security Services, National Riffle Association, Safariland Training Group and California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms. Philanthropically, he regularly donates time and money for fallen-officer fundraising events that are affiliated with the California Highway Patrol.

    • Security Company CEO
    • Close Protection Agent
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    Patrick Depriest

    Training Instructor

    Patrick DePriest, an experienced and highly trained Executive Protection Professional, has provided his services to multinational corporations, international security services, political figures, houses of worship, educational institutions and well-known celebrities throughout the United States and abroad since 1996.

    Currently, Mr. DePriest serves as a Security & Executive Protection Instructor with the Advanced Security Concepts (ASC) Training Academy in San Diego, Califofrnia. ASC Training Academy provides Advanced Security & Executive Protection training to veterans of the armed forces as well as corporate security professionals. He also serves as an adjunct agent with several in-house security and protection details for multinational corporations both within the United States and overseas. He has experience with the training, design, operational oversight and management of very small to large-scale security and protective service details.

    • Close Protection Agent
    • US Marines - 1st Marine Division