Chip is a retired Marine Infantry Mustang (enlisted to officer), an NRA Certified Rifle and Pistol Instructor, and a Range Safety Officer, as well as a Certified Utah Concealed Carry Permit Instructor for Legal Heat. Growing up in the south, he says firearms were a normal part of life and he ensured his children were well versed in firearms safety. He was a certified firearms instructor to support his sons’ time in Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts and continues to support Boy Scout shoots when he can. He is also a member of his church’s armed Campus Safety Team (CST). Chip was recalled to active duty for the first part of the war in 2003 and has worked for the Marine Corps for the past 15 years, managing the Marine Corps Information and personnel security programs. Previously certified as a member of the Arlington County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Chip is a big believer in self-reliance and emergency preparedness for everyone.