VATA Training Center
Vulnerability Assessment and Threat Analysis, or VATA, was formed in 2009 by a former Force
Reconnaissance Marine and former Louisiana Law Enforcement Officer who had a vision to offer superior
firearms and tactical training utilizing the most current tactics, techniques, and procedures to U.S.
Military and law enforcement agencies as well as law abiding citizens. After each of the owners left
their original careers, they worked for the U.S. Department of State conducting high threat protection
and for the Department of Defense on a classified program. VATA has worked with organizations such as
7th Special Forces Group, ATF’s ERT, law enforcement agencies and National Guard units throughout the
country, as well as other government agencies, paramilitary, and special activities staff.
In addition to teaching for and running VATA, the owners are still at the pointy end of the spear. One currently works for a Department of Defense program and the other is an advisor/mentor for the U.A.E. Special Operations. VATA staff and instructors are all either on deployment rotations or are full-time SWAT law enforcement officers and continually maintain their own training to ensure that we stay ahead of the power curve. Our staff are hand picked, because they each know what it is like to be involved in a gun fight, whether with the military or with law enforcement, and we all live and breathe what we do, to the point where the majority of us spend our free time as competitive shooters.
Destin spent ten years in the United States Marine Corps, over eight of which were spent as a Force Reconnaissance Marine. He then spent several years working for DynCorp conducting high threat protection for the Department of State in conflict zones and several years as a team leader conducting anti-piracy operations. Destin has also conducted various missions for both government and non-government clients around the globe. In addition to VATA, Destin still currently works for the U.S. Government, both domestically and abroad.
Greg spent eight years as a Louisiana Law Enforcement Officer with the majority of his time in Special Investigation and Narcotics units. He went on to work for Triple Canopy conducting high threat protection for the Department of State in conflict zones. Greg was then recruited for a Department of Defense program in which he also worked in conflict zones while deployed. He has conducted various missions for both government and non-government clients around the globe. Greg has been instructing for several years for certain government clients and is also an avid USPSA competitive shooter.
Due to the nature of their work, it is a possibility with any given course date that Owner/Operators Destin and Greg may not be able to be present. They have assembled a team of highly experienced adjunct instructors that have proven themselves in combat and are subject matter experts who can take the helm of any courses in Destin and Greg's absence.