Defense in Depth Instructor
Andrew Royce served in the United States Marine Corps with 6 years of service. Throughout his time in the Marines, Royce was deployed to Afghanistan. Upon return, Royce attended West Virginia University where he obtained his Associates Degree in Business Administration. He holds a USCCA Basic Pistol and Home Defense Certificate, and an ICE Two Person Armed Defense Certificate. He’s also an active member at Ground Zero Fighting Systems, where he practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Steve Griffith is a Master level competitive shooter with experience at National title matches which include Smith&Wesson Indoor Nationals, Idpa Nationals and multiple NRA World Shooting Championships, he is a member of the competitive shooting team Gunner-X. He proudly represents multiple sponsors including locally owned businesses such as Pro-Performance Rx and of course Defense in Depth. He heads up the competitive shooting matches held regularly at Defense in Depth and instructs the competitive shooting classes that are offered each month. He is an NRA certified Instructor as well as a certified Range Safety Officer.
Logan Wells is a Fairmont native who has always had a passion for the firearms industry. In 2015, Logan began his career as a self-employed photographer, where he spent over 6 years developing his business and photography skills. During that time, he took the initiative to learn the skills, and make the connections in the firearms industry necessary to become his own first line of defense. After years of combining the two passions, Logan landed here at Defense In Depth and has decided to give back that knowledge to the community. You can find him here at Defense In Depth where he teaches USCCA Certified Concealed Pistol and Home Defense classes as well as Private Training lessons.
Defense in Depth Trainer
After high school graduation in 1982, I tried going to college, but that life just didn’t fit at the time. In 1986, I enlisted in U.S. Army and everything started to make sense. I found connection with other like-minded people and purpose in serving our country. I started out in the Airborne Combat Engineers at Ft. Bragg, NC, and served there from 1987-1991. Three overseas deployments; two to Honduras, Central America, and one to Operation Desert Storm would be the highlights of my MOS-12B career. During those years at Ft. Bragg, NC, I was always impressed with the “other guys” across the street on Smoke Bomb Hill. They were Green Berets. Upon returning from Desert Storm, I immediately went to Special Forces Assessment and Selection-SFAS. After completing selection, I attended and completed the Special Forces Engineer Course and Special Forces Qualification Course in 1992. In December 1992, I reported to B/3/5th SFG(A) at Ft. Campbell, KY. I had no way of knowing then, I would stay there until retirement in April 2008. I spent 13 years on Operational Detachments in 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group(A). Over those 13 years, I served as the Engineer Sergeant, Intelligence Sergeant, and Operations Sergeant (Team Sergeant) on Special Forces A-Teams. I deployed five times under long term combat conditions from 1991-2006. We also deployed for numerous contingency operations in the Middle East during the 1990’s.
After my third tour in Iraq during the Global War on Terror in 2006, I was very sick and confused. I suffered from PTSD and TBI; but couldn’t recognize it myself. After a medical retirement in 2008 at 21 years of service, I was lost in life after the military. It would take six more difficult years before the healing started. I am transparent about this part of my life in an attempt to give back and help others with the same post military and combat injuries. I offer the same support to local Law Enforcement and First Responders.
I have also decided to dedicate my time after retirement to training others in local communities. My time spent over four decades in special military operations, combat operations, and specialized law enforcement operations will enhance and benefit all levels of training in our current society.
I have included a list of my training history. However, I want to emphasize the hardest training I have endured is life after the military and combat. Giving back what I have been so freely given is my way of continuing to heal.
Education and Training: Military and Civilian
Special Forces Qualification Course
U.S Army Ranger School
Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (Level II)
U.S. Border Patrol Tracking Course
SERE High-Risk Training
Tier 1 Off-Road Advanced Operator Course for Military Vehicles
Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Training and Instructor Course
Reid Techniques of Interviewing and Interrogation Course
DARC Advanced Urban Warfare Unassisted Asset Recovery Course
Phoenix Elicitation Course
Military Mobile Protection Course
Mid-South Advanced Combat Pistol and Rifle Course
KY DOJ Concealed Carry Deadly Weapons Instructor
NRA Range Safety Officer Course
NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
Texas A&M CRASE Instructor
Areas of Subject Matter Expertise-Specialized Skillsets and Tradecraft
Sustained Ability to Shoot, Move, and Communicate
Overall Knowledge of Firearms and Accessories
Individual and Team Protective Measures
Active Shooter Response
Explosive Breaching Operations
Use of Night Vision and Thermal Imaging Devices
Search and Rescue Operations
Personal, Home, and Business Defensive Measures
Multi Environment Survival Knowledge and Techniques
Escape and Evasion
Unconventional, Irregular, and Guerilla Warfare Experience
Emergency Management Advisor Specializing in CBRNE and CT
Surviving Catastrophic Events
At Defense In Depth’s we focus on a 360 degree approach to defense. As part of this approach we offer many training courses as part of our Masters' Academy. Our academy has training courses for every type of student, from the new shooter, individuals interested in competitive matches, advanced courses. We even have programs designed for realtors, churches, and courses for military and law enforcement officers and agents. At DID Masters' Academy, we make it our mission to educate gun owners to be safe, responsible, confident, and competent so they can excel in any shooting discipline.
Our training courses are tailored to educate and empower individual shooters, families, and community members. We offer a wide variety of firearms courses both public and private. The Masters' Academy will provide you with the self-protection knowledge, skills and equipment necessary to live life prepared. We have a safe, fun, and enjoyable learning environment and always have the most professional, experienced, and knowledgeable staff to assist you with your training needs.