Mr. Kelly D. Venden - Army Tier 1 Special Ops
Mr. Kelly D. Venden is a decorated combat veteran with over 22 years of service in the special operations community. He gained his exceptional weapons and tactical experience while assigned to the 1/75th Ranger Battalion and 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment ��� Delta specializing in a wide variety of advanced counter terrorist operations, classified projects and other high risk special operations activities. His duties included the development and implementation of advanced marksmanship training programs directed towards progression from individual to tactical team employment with a focus on Close Quarter Battle (CQB) drills, Hostage Rescue, Vehicle Interdiction (VI), aircraft takedown scenarios, surgical breaching and demolition, and other special operations offensive and defensive tactics.
Following retirement from active military service, Kelly joined the Federal Air Marshal program as a federal agent. His duties included designing and implementing security procedures to protect the commercial aviation industry. As a lead instructor, he was heavily involved in developing the firearms curriculum for the fledgling federal agency and the training of young air marshals. He has assisted in the training of federal agencies (ICE, FBI, DEA), civilian law enforcement (Hillsborough County Sheriff Dept, FL, Bexar County SWAT, TX), and other DOD special mission units. In addition, he operates Criterion Tactical, a small company specializing in advanced marksmanship instruction and operational tactics for individuals who desire to become proficient with their personal firearms.