Daniel Butler, Ph.D.
Owner/Lead Instructor

Dan retired from federal law enforcement after 24 years of service.  He is skilled in crisis management, criminal investigation, intelligence, and law enforcement training.  His assignments included SWAT Senior Team Leader (tactical commander), Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, Chairman of the Bay Area Terrorism Working Group (BATWinG) and  Supervisory Special Agent.  Over the last 20 years, he has provided tactical/firearms instruction to hundreds of local, federal, and foreign law enforcement officers.  Dan has Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California and is a nationally-registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).    For more details, see his LinkedIn Profile


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Brian Jones - Pinnacle Tactical Solutions

Brian retired from the FBI in 2015 after having served 28 years as a Special Agent.   Brian was a member of the FBI SWAT Team for 26 years and assigned as the FBI SWAT Senior Team Leader during his last 15 years.  Brian has been a Firearms Instructor for 30 years and was also assigned as the FBI Principal Firearms Instructor.  He was responsible for the firearms and tactical training and proficiency of 150 FBI Special Agents.  During his tenure in the FBI, Brian planned and was responsible for hundreds of high risk tactical operations and deployed operationally in numerous high-risk foreign environments.   Upon his retirement in from the FBI, Brian founded Pinnacle Tactical Solutions LLC.  Pinnacle provides world class training to law enforcement agencies nation-wide at the lowest possible cost and has provided tactical training to hundreds of law enforcement officers.

Greg Walton - Fox Bravo Solutions

Greg has over 30 years combined experience as a federal law enforcement officer (FBI), defense contractor and combat experienced US Army officer.  His FBI roles and responsibilities have included crisis response supervisor; tactical operator/team leader/team commander; police and military trainer; civilian response to active shooter trainer; and counterterrorism investigator.  He has trained hundreds of law enforcement and military personnel in small unit tactics, crisis response, tactical firearms and team leadership.  His goal is to share his experience in order to provide relevant real-world training and assistance to first responders, military personnel and responsible citizens.   See his LinkedIn Profile.   

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Rick Winters - Tier 1 Concepts

Rick has 30 years of combined experience in hostage rescue, counter-terrorism, SWAT operations, and executive security.  He is a decorated combat veteran of the US Navy,  serving 14 years as a SEAL operator, instructor, and training supervisor.  Rick made numerous deployments overseas working alongside other Tier-1 assets as well as training foreign special operations forces around the world.   As a police officer, Rick was the senior breacher and primary tactical training instructor for the West Sacramento/Davis SWAT team. He has provided tactical instruction to dozens of law enforcement agencies throughout California and is a recognized expert in tactical breaching.   Rick has also worked professionally in the private sector as a Security Supervisor with Apex Security Group.  In 2017, Rick formed Tier-1 Concepts to provide elite tactical training and consulting to law enforcement and private sector professionals.