Universal Shooting Academy FounderFrom March 2004 until October 2007 Frank Garcia has been working as a Department of Defense Security contactor in Baghdad Iraq. He was the Team Lead for the Counter Terrorist Special Operations Force (CTSOF) Iraq Mentor / Instructor program. He was responsible for the Crises Response Training (CRT) of the Iraqi Emergency Response Unit (ERU), a national level, high-end, rapid response law enforcement tactical unit responsible for high-risk arrest, hostage rescue and explosive ordnance disposal. The ERU has conducted a number of successful missions on national level anti-Iraqi force targets, provided support to other Iraqi Ministry of Interior forces, participated in combat operations in Fallujah, Mosul, and other ongoing counterinsurgency operations. Mr. Garcia was an original member of the core of hand selected Training Cadre that started the ERU/CRT.
During his time in Iraq Mr. Garcia:
- Instructed ERU members in advanced pistol, rifle, and Close Quarters Combat.
- Developed firearms training P.O.I.s for CRT, ERU, and SWAT.
- Trained and instructed US military personnel in advanced pistol.
- Trained and evaluated U.S. instructors for the SWAT program.
- Volunteered and conducted numerous Protective Service Details and Motorcade operations for High Ranking US officials.
- Managed Physical Site Security checks of incoming and outgoing candidates for the ERU.
- Assisted Tier One Protective Service Training Units that are now responsible for the protection of Iraq’s Government Leaders.
Since 1992 Mr. Garcia has been Providing Advanced Marksmanship and High-Performance Shooting instruction to the highest echelon, Tier 1 Law Enforcement and Special Operations Forces engaged in Combating Terrorism.
Some of the organizations trained include:
- U.S. Army Special Operations Units
- U.S. Army Special Forces
- U.S. Navy Special Operations Units
- U.S. Navy SEALs
- U.S. Marine Corps, High Risk Personnel Instructors
- United States Army Marksmanship Unit
- DEA/FBI firearms Training Unit
- Federal Air Marshal Instructors
- U.S. Border Patrol
- U.S. Marshal
- Federal Capitol Police
- Italian Counter Terrorist Unit (NOCS)
- Numerous Police, SWAT, and Special Police Units
Mr. Garcia has received numerous Letters of Commendation from different organizations to include:
- Letter of Commendation from U.S. Navy SEAL Special Warfare 2001
- Letter of Commendation from U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit 2003
- Letter of Commendation from DEA/FBI Academy Quantico, VA 2000
- Letter of Commendation from U.S. Army 7th Special Forces SFAUC Committee
Frank Garcia is an International and U.S. Champion Grandmaster Pro.
Awards, Recognition, Honors
- U.S. IPSC National Champion Pistol
- U.S. IPSC National Shoot-off Champion Pistol
- North American IPSC Champion Pistol
- European IPSC Champion Pistol
- South American IPSC Champion Pistol
- World IPSC Champion Pistol
- World IPSC Shoot-off Champion Pistol
- World IPSC Team Champions , United States of America, Champion Team Member
- 5 time U.S. Area 6 Champion
- 3 time U.S. Area 8 Champion
- 2 time U.S. Area 7 Champion
- North American 3-Gun Tactical Championship Top 10