Instructor Notes

Rapid Mass Murderer – Texas

“It’s said that security is like oxygen; when you have enough of it, you pay no attention to it. But when you don’t have enough, you can think of nothing else.” – SECDEF, James Mattis, paraphrasing Professor Joseph Nye

 
Today in Texas, a 17-year-old male student at Santa Fe High School opened fire on his classmates […]

By |May 18th, 2018|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Politics|0 Comments

Short Sleeve or Long Sleeve?

“Rape and murder were common, children forced to become soldiers and turned against their own families, and a usual punishment for opposition the amputation of your hands or arms. “Short sleeve, or long sleeve?” asked the militia men as they raised their machetes. When I went to Sierra Leone as a reporter in 2000, the […]

Never Underestimate the Power and Determination of a Woman!

Recently, CNN decided to have their Senior Law Enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes, some might call him an “expert,” comment on how he thought there […]

The Answer

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion.” – Dale Carnegie

 
Tomorrow is a school day. Parents across the nation will once again send their children into the care of others, all the while suppressing the stress and fears that their child may fall victim to […]

By |February 18th, 2018|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

Mass Murder Averted

“When you least expect it, you’re elected!” – John Farnam
Two weeks ago, a Fortress student in a Southeastern state prevented a slaughter at his place of employment. Our student, who we’ll call “Mike”, manages close to 100 office employees, the building they’re in being equipped with ID pass access and a security guard (unarmed) stationed […]

By |February 11th, 2018|Attitude, Instructor Notes|0 Comments

Winter Preparations

Every mile is two in winter – George Herbert
It’s late fall in the midwest and cold and snow have already set in. After weeks of mild weather, it’s now in the 20’s – winter is here!

It’s past time to go down your winter checklist – do so today!

VEHICLE PREPERATION

1. We do not park our car […]

By |December 16th, 2017|Attitude, Instructor Notes, Liberty, Training|0 Comments

Trigger Warning

The term Zen, derived from the 6th century Chinese word Ch’an, is Japanese Buddhism’s term for personal enlightenment. In a Zen state, a person is at peace with that which they have no control; the advanced state being complete awareness of self without ones self affecting that awareness. Peace, balance.

Many scholars and Buddhists have their […]

By |December 10th, 2017|Attitude, Instructor Notes, Training|0 Comments

Ego or Student?

As a person who uses and benefits from the internet, I curse it daily.

The web was a new thing when I started teaching; then it wasn’t something most had access to, or used for commerce and communication. Students still called to get signed up – checks were written and sent in by mail – and […]

By |December 4th, 2017|Attitude, Instructor Notes, Training|0 Comments

Texas, Guns, & Faith – By Hoyt Ellspermann

Today we have a guest author –  friend, student, and aspiring Instructor, Hoyt Ellspermann!

I’m a fan of information, as well as discussion about all things. So, here is an interesting take on the Texas church murders Hoyt penned this past week. Enjoy!

-Frank

Lots of opinions shared in tweets and glib remarks about guns and faith due […]

By |November 12th, 2017|Attitude, In the News, Instructor Notes, Politics|0 Comments

Mass Casualty Response – Beyond Las Vegas

“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age” – Colin Powell

On August 3rd, 2017, two Fortress Staff Instructors and myself attended a seminar titled Preparedness for, and Response to, Urban Mass-Casualty Incidents, presented by IDF Reserve Colonel, Professor Isaac Ashkenazi, MD.

For two hours the good Colonel, […]