Prior to IWI US, Tom served as a police officer, SWAT, LE Precision rifleman, instructor in all disciplines, and special investigations officer in the Prescott area of Arizona for 11 years. He also toured Iraq and Afghanistan, serving with the Department of State/Blackwater in a protective detail, as well as serving as an intelligence specialist, assistant team leader and foreign national trainer. Tom was involved with the Anti Terrorism Assistance (ATA) Program and various Counter Narcoterrorism Technology Program Office (CNTPO) programs teaching a variety of skill sets from protective operations, close quaters battle and sniper/ counter sniper operations. He worked on the State Department Worldwide Protective Services (WPS) program in a firearms and tactics role. Tom was also the program manager for training for ACADEMI Training Services prior to leaving for IWI.