Instructors

Our instructors are dedicated to providing critical skills to help you survive interpersonal violence. With combat tested techniques, 55 Defense will prepare you for whatever lies ahead. 

Ian Mena-Wieland

In his 5 years as a military police soldier, Ian Mena-Wieland gained experience in law enforcement as well as combat operations during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom I and III. Domestically, he gained experience in law enforcement and small arms, and crew served weapons armoring. While deployed, his primary missions included site and convoy security, personal security details for VIPs, and training members of the Iraqi Police/Iraqi Army.

Once discharged, Ian Mena-Wieland gained experience with the Flathead County Sheriff's Office as a volunteer, and became a state licensed armed security officer. As a Kalispell Regional Medical Center security detail supervisor, he experienced many incidents that required verbal and/or physical responses.

 

After receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Criminology and a Certificate of Arts in Forensic Studies from the University of Montana, Ian Mena-Wieland was sent to the Smith and Wesson Armorers training and then the NRA Handgun Instructors Course. He is also a Certified Range Safety Officer and Montana Certified Firearms Instructor, Ian is passionate about teaching the safe defensive use of firearms.

Ian Mena-Wieland has received combat, medical, and technical training from the U.S. Army, as well as non-lethal and firearms training from the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office. He has attended training from Dave Grossman, several training courses from FCSO, and federal law enforcement officers. He continues to train in his discipline.

Ian invites you to train with him.

Randy England

Randy England joined the Army National Guard in July of 2005. He served a total of eight years with the Montana Army National Guard as an Infantry Soldier. He spent time deployed in Iraq during 2010 and 2011. While in Iraq, he operated an MRAP vehicle and gunned in Convoy Security missions in combat operations. While overseas, Randy also provided site security. He became certified as a Combat Lifesaver in 2011. He has trained in MOUT training domestically. He took a one week course in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Operator training while in Camp Shelby, Mississippi in 2010. Domestically, he has basic experience in ground fighting tactics. He attended a two day GFT course while in Santa Fe, New Mexico during 2008.

 

As Randy England became more interested in handguns, he took a Smith and Wesson armorers course in September of 2015. Randy became certified as a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and a NRA Certified Range Safety Officer. He is currently licensed as a Montana Firearms Instructor. He is a current NRA member.

Randy invites you to train with him.

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