Brett Harnish was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a business degree in Economics. After college, Brett enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as an infantryman and infantry squad leader in 3rd Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment. He received a commission as an artillery officer and served in 3rd Battalion 10th Marines and 3rd Battalion 8th Marines Battalion Landing Team as part of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable that participated in Peace Enforcement Operations in Kosovo. Brett has six years of active duty service and 2 years active reserve service. He has an additional military occupational specialty of 8531 Range Coach (marksmanship instructor). Brett worked as a United States Border Patrol Agent assigned to the El Centro Sector and the Calexico Station. He served for six years. Brett worked patrol, all-terrain vehicle unit and mountain bikes. He is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Firearms Instructor Training Program. Brett was assigned to Sector Training for over 18 months as a full-time firearms instructor. Brett has seven years’ work experience as a Senior Police Officer for the Town of Herndon, Virginia, where he worked patrol, mountain bike patrol and training assignments. Brett is a certified Department of Criminal Justice Services general instructor and firearms instructor. He’s conducted firearms and tactical training for the Department for over three years. He is a factory certified armorer on issued pistols, rifles, submachine guns, and shotguns. Today, Brett is the lead instructor for Green Ops, conducting defensive firearms courses in pistol, carbine and shotgun platforms. He develops lesson plans and conducts training courses and business development activities. With over twenty years’ work experience as an armed professional and over ten years’ work experience as a certified firearms instructor, Brett is still a serious student who is enthusiastic about learning and sharing effective techniques with other serious students.
Jay LaLuz was born into an Army family at the Army Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. Despite that, he enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 where he spent his time trying to chase submarines and reading Tom Clancy novels. It was there that he was introduced to firearms and began to think that there might be something to that pursuit. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Jay worked in Information Technology with side hobbies in firearms and martial arts. During this time, he took numerous classes and pursued learning under several instructors. Along the way he gained certifications in teaching for both firearms and martial arts. He also competed on a local, state, and national level in shooting competitions. An economic downturn caused a change in careers, and Jay turned his hobbies of “shooting and getting punched in the face” into another career, namely law enforcement. Jay worked for the Metro Transit Police Department in DC for several years, not only in a patrol function, but also as a firearms instructor for that agency, doing recruit and in-service training, culminating in an assignment as range master to the police academy. Jay also gained certifications as a department armorer during this time. Jay began teaching for Green Ops in 2016, assisting in pistol, rifle, and shotgun classes, as well as advising and developing lesson plans for those classes. Today Jay works at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy as a Firearms and Control Tactics Specialist, where he oversees recruit training in both disciplines. He brings to the table over 15 years of firearms instruction as well as numerous certifications in various firearms disciplines, as well as related police tactics. Jay continues his firearms and control tactics pursuits by attending numerous classes each year. His belief is that an instructor must continue to be a student in order to remain relevant.