Certified Instructors

R.S. Mitchell

  • Maryland State Police Qualified Handgun Instructor
  • Firearm Instructor for Police and Government Agency
  • NRA Training Counselor
  • NRA Certified Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Certified Muzzle Loading Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home
  • NRA Instructor Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • NRA Certified Home Firearm Safety Instructor
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Refuse to be a Victim Instructor
  • Utah Concealed Carry Instructor
  • Maryland Wear and Carry Permit Instructor
  • Certified Instructor for FL / AZ / VA / DE / DC Concealed Carry Classes
  • Self-defense instructor for 50 years
  • Professional Glock Armorer
  • NRA Life / MSI / SAF
  • Professional Firearms Instructor in Pistol, Rifle Shotgun for Over 40 Years
  • USCCA Concealed Carry Inst, Defensive Shooting Fundamentals Instructor, Women’s Pistol Instructor, Active Shooter Response Instructor, Tactical First Aid Instructor
  • Mossad Ayoob – Mag 20, Mag 40, Deadly Force Instructor, Certified Expert Witness for Felony Assault Cases
  • IDPA and Three Gun Competitor

Larry Aldridge Jr.

Has  been an educator and school counselor in the Wicomico County school system for over 20 years. 

Along with being an educator he has also worked in the security field for over 2 decades working as both armed security as well as close personal security for for celebrities such as Michael Jordan.  Larry Has been a firearms instructor for a number of years.

Dan Spotts

• FBI Special Agent 1987-2017
• Tours in Washington, DC, Chicago, Baltimore, Canada, Spain, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Grenada
• SWAT Operator/Breacher/Sniper
• Hostage Rescue Team supplemental element (Sniper)
• Certified Undercover Ops
• Certified Covert Ops
• Certified Close Quarter Battle
• Certified Defensive Tactics
• Case Agent on Largest White Collar Crime case in Maryland history
• Case Agent on Largest Terrorism related case in Maryland history

Paul Stoa

Former L.A.P.D. SWAT Team Member
Maryland State Police Qualified Handgun Instructor
NRA certified Pistol, Rifle,
NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
Utah Concealed Carry Instructor
Maryland Wear & Carry permit Instructor
Certified Instructor for FL / AZ / VA / DE Concealed Carry Classes
AR Armorer
NRA Life / MSI / SAF

Gina M. Castagna

Gina M. Castagna came to the Ocean City area in 2001 after being born and raised in Baltimore City.
Having degrees in both Criminal Justice and Sociology, she has served professionally in the environments
of law enforcement, corrections, mental health and addictions, and domestic violence since she was 19
years old. Gina also owns her own local small business, and provides security throughout the Ocean City
area for establishments, events, and celebrities. In between her multiple jobs, she also volunteers for
several organizations – including the Worcester County Humane Society since 2009. Gina has been a
part of the Atlantic Tactical Firearms Trainers team since 2019.

Edward L. Torbert

Certified NRA Pistol Instructor in 2015.
Certified NRA Range Safety Officer in 2018

MD QHIC Handgun Instructor

Studied Isshinryu Karate in Salisbury under Tom Lewis.
Awarded Black Belt in 1985
Conducted numerous self-defense demonstrations for area groups and clubs
Frequent competitor in regional martial arts tournaments
Worked in the Wicomico County Fire Marshal’s Office for 37 years. 15 years of fire/arson investigations.
22 years as Fire Marshal
Received initial firearms training with Ocean City Police Summer Officer Academy
Additional continuous firearms training and qualifications with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office
Retired 2011.

Currently Range Safety Officer at the Salisbury Gun Club
Currently in my second term on the Board of Directors of the Salisbury Gun Club
Currently the Legislative Liaison for the Salisbury Gun Club
Past Master of Centennial Lodge #221 of 
Former Grand Inspector for the Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland
Taught Continuing Education Computer classes at WorWic Community College for 15 years
Employed at Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on the Security and Event team staff

Personal interests: photography, motorcycles, firearms, active in several community service groups

Glen Biddle

GLEN BIDDLE is a NRA certified Instructor qualified to teach pistol, rifle, and shotgun courses and is also a NRA certified Range Safety Officer. Glen is a MD certified handgun instructor and comes to ATFT after recently retiring from teaching secondary history and social studies on the mid shore. Glen has a BA in political science and a MA in education administration from Salisbury University.

 
In addition to teaching, Glen is a 24 year veteran of the US Army and US Air Force where he was a combat arms instructor for both direct and indirect fire weapon systems and ran rifle, pistol, machine gun, mortar, and artillery live fire ranges as the OIC and RSO.
 
Glen served six years with he Cambridge Police Department as a bicycle patrol officer and member of the SWAT team. Glen also currently serves as Vice President and Range Safety officer at the Cambridge Skeet and Gun Club.

Mike Ennis

Certifications
NRA Basic Pistol instructor, IDPA Safety officer, MD qualified handgun instructor

Shooting IDPA Since 2011, USPSA since 2013

Classifications
IDPA
Enhanced service pistol – Master
Compact Carry Pistol – Master
Carry Optics – Master
Revolver – Master

USPSA
Open – Master
Revolver – Master
Carry Optics – Master
Pistol Caliber Carbine – Master
Limited – Grand Master
Single Stack – Grand Master

Some Results
IDPA
2021 Liberty Match 2nd PCC
2021 DE State 2nd CO
2020 Chesapeake Cup 3rd CCP
2019 World Championship 6th CCP
2019 Potomac Grail 1st CCP
2019 DE State 1st CCP
2019 MD State 3rd CCP
2019 Chesapeake Cup 1st CDP
2018 MD State 1st ESP

USPSA
2022 MD State 3rd PCC (1st Master)
2022 Delmarva Sectional 3rd PCC (1st Master)
2021 VA State 2nd Master PCC
2021 Carolina Classic 3rd Master PCC
2020 VA State 1st Master CO
2020 DE State 3rd Master CO
2020 Western PA 3rd Master CO
2019 DE State 1st Limited (Bump to GrandMaster)

Arthur S. Villaruz

Princeton Township Police Department: February 15, 1985 – December 1, 2010
Military Experience: United States Marine Corps Reserves – 1978 – 1984

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Human Services – March 1996
Thomas Edison State College / Trenton State College / Mercer County Comm. College

Certifications:
Monadnock PR-24 / MEB Instructor – S.P.E.A.R Instructor – Defensive Tactics Instructor
Firearms Instructor – Beretta Armorer – Bomb Blast Evidence Technician
Method of Instruction – CPR, First Responder – Blackwater Extreme Police Survival

Training:
Custom Tactical Carbine for LEO – 2010
Firearms Qualification / Use of Force / Pursuit Policy – 2010
Human Trafficking – Ocean County Police Academy – 2009
Respirator Quantitative Fit Testing – 2009
Defensive Tactics, X-Baton and Oleoresin Capsicum Training – 2009
Bias based Profiling In Service – 2009
High Risk Warrant Service / Hostage Rescue, Blackwater – 2008
Haz-mat Blood Born Pathogens, Domestic Violence, EFP – 2008
Monadnock Expandable Baton Instructor Re-certification – 2008
Israeli IRD Counter Terrorist Training for Police – 2008
Custom Advanced Handgun for LEO, Blackwater – 2007
Critical Incident Response / Active Shooter Union County Police – 2007
Beretta Armorer Training Course – 2007
Custom Carbine Course, Blackwater – 2007
Cyber Crime Investigation Somerset County Police Academy – 2006
Sexual Assault Response Team, Mercer County Police Academy – 2006
Undercover Operations and the Police Executive, FBINAA – 2006
Blauer Tactical Systems – Spear – Atlanta Police Academy – 2006
PPCT Defensive Tactics Instructor, Morris County Police Academy – 2004
Advanced Homicide Investigation Conference NJSP / Princeton Univ. – 2004
Contemporary Supervision Techniques, Burlington County Police Academy – 2001
Advanced Investigative Techniques, Mercer County Prosecutors Office – 2001
Supervision / Police Management, Somerset County Police Academy – 2001
The Reid Method of Criminal Interview and interrogation – 1997
Monadnock PR24 and Expandable Baton Instructor – 1997
Top Gun, New Jersey State Police Academy – 1995
Method of Instruction, Mercer County Police Academy – 1995
Crime Scene Processing – Criminalistics, Somerset County Police Academy 1995
Interview and Interrogation, Somerset County Police Academy – 1994
White Collar Crime Investigation, Somerset County Police Academy – 1994
Basic Evidence Technician, Hamilton Township Police – 1993
Monadnock PR-24 Instructor Course = 1994
New Jersey State Police Academy Graduate – 1985

Other Accomplishments:
Instrumental in the conversion from the Revolver to the adaptation of the Beretta Weapons System and other weapon systems for the Department.
Emergency Response Team
Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor
Physical Fitness Committee
Research, Testing and Evaluation of new Equipment to replace aging and antiquidated Police Equipment

Experience:
Patrol Corporal – Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Detective Corporal – 2001 – 2010
Detective – 1994 – 2001
Patrolman – 1985 – 1994
Police Dispatcher 1984 – 1985

Awards and Commendations:
Firearms Achievement Award – Distinguished Pistol Expert
Unit Citation – FRT Involved Entry and Search working under adverse conditions – Hurricane Floyd
Meritorious Service – Apprehension of Suspect in a fleeing stolen vehicle
September 2002 – Assisted in Investigation of shots fired / recovery of firearm
January 1998 – Conducted and Participated in Judgmental Training simulations
January 1993 – Rendering First Aid and Assistance
March 1988 – Displayed use of Professional tactics during a motor vehicle pursuit resulting in the stop and apprehension of suspect

Michael P. Henderson

Retired veteran Police Lieutenant Michael Henderson has over 25 years of experience providing both traditional and non traditional police services. Mr. Henderson possesses extensive skills managing Patrol traffic and Community Policing units, conducting Internal Affairs investigations and executing Emergency Management operations. Mr. Henderson also has a considerable background administering Training and career development programs while assisting with departmental accreditation through CALEA.

Highlights:
Administrative and Operational Management – Officer Training and Supervision
Planning, Scheduling and Prioritization – Policy development and Implementation
Officer training and supervision – Community Oriented Policing

Accomplishments:
Established Field Training Officer program to develop comprehensive formalized Post Academy training program for all new patrolmen.
Established Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving unit know as the Community Action Team (CAT).
Established summer Youth Police Academy for Princeton youth.
Promoted and worked actively to achieve CALEA Accreditation.
Established unit to respond to and investigate all serious motor vehicle accidents.
Successfully completed New Jersey Dept. of Personnel’s Certified Public Manager (CPM) program.

Experience:
Princeton Township Police Department
Operations Lieutenant 1/2005 – 11/2010
Traffic / Community Policing Officer 10/1996 – 12/2004
Patrol Sergeant 9/1993 – 9/1996
Patrolman 8/1985 – 8/1993

Education:
Bachelor of Arts: Liberal Arts / Criminology – 1984
Master of Administrative Science: Public Administration – 2001