Meet Our Instructors
Training and education is a cornerstone of living the firearms lifestyle. That said, we have selected a core group of trainers with decades of teaching, training and mentoring experience in all skill levels. The diversity of our instructors’ experiences helps us deliver a wide ranging course catalog. All of our trainers have a passion to teach and pass on the lessons they have learned.
Listed below is a brief bio of the training and practical experience each of our trainers possess.
I am the wife of a wonderful husband and I’m a mother of two. I live and work in Central Pennsylvania. I work full-time with my local school district on the support side of school business. I was in the Army, USAR for a few years after high school. I love the great outdoors, hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking and my favorite hobby is shooting and training. I enjoy recreational shooting and defensive training. One course with Direct Action Tactical in 2013 leads to another and another and quickly evolved into a dedication and desire to learn more. I am active in the training industry as a student and instructor with a primary focus on personal protection and self-defense.
I hold the NRA Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer Certifications.
I work part-time as a RSO and Instructor for Trop Gun Shop and I RSO for our local A Girl And A Gun Chapter.
I’m an A.L.I.C.E. Instructors for Critical Incident/Active Threat Training for my local school district.
I hold the Act 235 Certified Agent Certification, Lethal Weapons Training Act With Firearms through the Pennsylvania State Police
1SG John Yankowski, U.S. Army National Guard (Ret.). A former member Michigan’s elite Long Range Surveillance (LRS) Unit; Company F, 425th Infantry (Airborne). Shortly after 11 Sept 2001, he deployed in support of the Homeland Security mission to guard the U.S. and Canadian borders at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, MI. Later in 2003, john was deployed in support of OIF and was awarded the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. Additional deployment in support of OEF from 2009-2010, serving in Kosovo as part of the international peacekeeping force (KFOR 12). John has held multiple positions as a competitor, coach and team leader on the Michigan Army National Guard Rifle, Pistol and Machine Gun Marksman Teams. His last duty assignment prior to retirement from the military was Company First Sergeant to B Co BSTB, 37th BCT.
Certifications by Organizations & Disciplines: United States Army: Master Marksmanship Trainer, Small Arms Master Gunner, Squad Designated Marksman. National Rifle Association (NRA): Home Firearm Safety, Certified Pistol, Certified Rifle Chief Range Safety Officer, Metallic Cartridge & Shotgun Shell Reloading, Personal Protection In The Home Personal and Protection Outside The Home. Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP): Master Instructor, certified to teach CMP sanctioned Garand, Springfield and Vintage Military Rifle or Rimfire Sporter Clinics, Certified Range Safety Office Level I & II. John currently is a member of the York Riflemen High Power Team and holds an NRA Master Classification for High Power Rifle. He currently resides in South Central Pennsylvania and is a married and the father of four adult children.