With more non-combat personnel entering Afghanistan, U.S. military officials have seen a need for additional training to prepare troops to successfully confront hostilities there.
Threat Management Group, based in Goose Creek, is helping to fill that need, providing training and support to a wide range of military operations, support contractors, disaster preparedness officials, law enforcement agencies and private sector organizations.
"We grab the guys who carry a gun for a living and train the guys who don't," TMG CEO Brandon Cox says. "We kick their junk in. It's pretty intense."
TMG is teaching a course this week to military personnel, mostly U.S. Air Force, at its tactical training facility in the old Bowman High School building on Bowman Branch Road. TMG purchased the property about a year ago. In the classrooms where the youth were once taught, military personnel are now trained in close-quarter battle.
Cox, a former Air Force EOD expert, said he started the company in 2004 to better prepare military personnel whose respective branch of service didn't have the resources or time to train in explosives recognition, hand-to-hand defensive combat and close-quarter combat.