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Rich, a former US Navy Hospital Corpsman and Veteran of the Vietnam War era has been a lifelong shooter. Seeking to improve his shooting skills, he began taking the Chapman courses in the early 1990's.
A Business owner at the time, Rich was ambushed late one night while leaving his establishment by two ski-masked gunmen. A gun fight ensued. Rich credits his ability to fight and win to the training he received at the Academy. Shortly thereafter, Rich set a personal goal of being able to teach others to survive when finding themselves in a similar situation.
After several years of intense training under Ray Chapman and John Skaggs in the defensive use of the pistol, rifle and shotgun, Rich was awarded the coveted position of Instructor.
Sadly, John Skaggs, former Director of the Chapman Academy suffered a stroke from which he has been unable to recover. With the passing of Ray in 2008, the Academy was closed. Rich, with the support of parent company, Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc., and the participation of other former Instructors will reopen the Chapman Academy in 2012. "It is our intent to continue the Academy's 30 year legacy of providing excellence in firearms training".
Rich is also an NRA Instructor certified in rifle, pistol and shotgun.
Craig's shooting career began at age 18 as a U.S. Marine. A retired Gunnery Sergeant with 21 years, Craig won his first leg medal in 1986. In 1988, Craig was trained as a Marksmanship Instructor and shot with the 1st and 3rd Marine Division Rifle and Pistol Teams. In 1990, Craig shot with the Marine Corps shooting team. During his career, Craig has instructed hundreds of Marines to shoot various weapons.
In 1992, all of Craig's training was put to use when he deployed to Somalia with the 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, where he served as a sniper team leader and a UNITAF advisor to an auxiliary security force.
Retiring in 2000, Craig moved to Columbia, met John Skaggs and became more interested in defensive pistol usage. Craig went through the instructional programs in 2004 and wanted to help shooters with practical shooting. He began teaching at the Chapman Academy in 2005. Craig enjoys instructing others and recreational shooting.
Craig is also an NRA Instructor certified in rifle and pistol.