Life is Not Like the Movies — What it is Like to Train with One of the Most Elite Special Operations Teams in the World

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When writer Marcus Amick went to hang out at The Range Complex, he could not have known what he was in for. The event was a combination of a partnership between American auto manufacturer Chevrolet and CEO of TigerSwan James Reese. TigerSwan is a consultancy firm specializing in protection everyone from celebrities to civilians to corporations by the very best talent. We all imagine what it would be like to be a real special agent or part of the military elite. This event put all those notions to the test and demonstrated a taste of what it is really like to roll with the big dogs (and trucks).

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Playboy published Amick’s article “What It’s Like To Train With the World’s Most Elite Special Ops Team” in the summer of 2017. In it, Amick describes what it is like when you get invited to pretend to be Jason Bourne for the day. The Range Complex used by TigerSwan is a tactical training facility meant to mimic the realities of life as a member of an elite military team focusing on special ops. Part of it was driving a Tahoe in a blackened complex in speeds of excess of 100mph. Another was facing a very realistic (if very safe) simulated hostage rescue mission where, safe as it was in the hands of experienced operations specialists, the live ammunition was still very real. Trying to shoot a protected target 800 meters away with a long-range rifle and sweat in your eyes is another reality of training with TigerSwan.

TigerSwan founder and owner James Reese may not be a movie star but he looks like he could be cast as one. After serving 25 years as both a commissioned and non-commissioned officer in the United States Army, Reese retired to North Carolina with an idea formed over coffee with a colleague. Why not create a business using his expertise and hire service-disabled veterans to employ the same knowledge gained from special ops? The move from Lt. Colonel James Reese of a Delta Force unit to CEO of TigerSwan James Reese was as profitable as it was compassionate as it helped many service members. Now TigerSwan has over 300 employees with operations spanning the globe.

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