Norman Hood retired as a Command Sergeant Major from the US Army after 24 years of service and then spent six years with the Alaska State Troopers including being a Field Training Officer before entering Government Security Contract positions. Norm has more than 42 years’ experience in operational law enforcement, training, logistical and support planning for private security companies, military and state police organizations. He is a certified instructor of law enforcement subjects by the Alaska Police Standards Council. He has Extensive “Use of Force” training experience with lethal and less-lethal weapons and 30 plus years conducting rifle, pistol and shotgun training, including Concealed Carry courses as an independent contractor with a private firearms academy in Alaska and as a former adjunct instructor at Blackwater Worldwide, Inc. Norm is a NRA instructor certified in Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Refuse to be a Victim, and Chief Range Safety Officer and holds the “NRA Distinguished Expert Pistol” rating and has been appointed by the NRA as an Advanced Defensive Pistol Instructor. Norm has graduated from the Anchorage Police Department Citizens Academy, the South Bend Citizens Police Academy and the St. Joseph County Citizens Police Academy. Norm is a member of the Church Security Alliance and is an Affiliate Instructor, Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network. He is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), Illinois Tactical Officers Association (IOTA), and is certified by the State of Indiana as an Emergency Medical Responder, the State of Illinois as a Certified Firearms Instructor, Illinois Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor, GLOCK Armorer, and FEMA as an Active Shooter Responder Trainer. Norm is Sandan, 3rd Dan (3rd degree Black Belt) in Hojutsu-Ryu (the Martial Art of Shooting) and runs the only Hojutsu-Ryu dojo in the Mid-west. He is also a student of Okinawan Shorin-Ryu karate. Norm is a 2015 inductee in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame and Hall of Hero’s. Norm is the Regional Master Instructor for the Second Amendment Foundation Training Division covering Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Defensive Solutions also teaches National Safety Council First Aid/CPR/AED. Norm along with his wife Pat own and operates Defensive Solutions LLC, a Firearms and Use of Force training company since 2011 specializing in firearms, use of force, church, school, business, and personal security.