Instructor Bios

Skip Clarkin

Primary Instructor, GPS

Skip served 6 years with the U.S. Marine Corps, 16 years as a Military Police Officer with the Arizona Army National Guard, 4 years as a Yavapai County Patrol Deputy, 4 years on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, and 26 years as a City of Chandler Police Officer and Detective. He retired in 2016 as an AZPOST certified firearms instructor, Intelligence Detective, Terrorist Liaison Officer, Special Assignment Unit (SAU aka SWAT) member, SAU Sniper Rappel Master, High Angle Rescue Team member, and Sniper and Hostage Negotiator. Skip is specialized in terrorism related cases, threat assessments and emergency planning.

Skip has an extensive background in precision rifle operations and instruction. He competed in the sniper division of the Arizona Army National Guard Shooting Team in 1995 and 1996. He won State both years, and placed second in the Winston P. Wilson National Matches in 1996. He was a member of Chandler SAU for 21 years and a member of the Sniper Squad for 16 years. Skip’s competitive shooting background includes several Police Olympics and he is an avid hunter.

Skip’s varied experience includes dignitary protection operations in direct support of dozens of field intelligence teams for national security events, including U.S. Secret Service liaison duties during Presidential functions/visits to Phoenix. Skip is a member of the International Association of Security Professionals.

Ryan Farley

Assistant Instructor, GPS

Ryan Farley is an active duty police officer with the Chandler Police Department. Ryan has served with Chandler PD for the past 15 years and is currently assigned to the patrol division. Ryan has been a member of both the SWAT team and breaching team for the past 10 years. Ryan holds certifications through AZPOST (Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training) in firearms and rifle (AR-15) instruction and defensive tactics instruction. Prior to his law enforcement career, Ryan served eight years in the United States Army (Military Intelligence Branch). Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Western International University (Magna Cum Laude). Ryan and his wife, Michelle, have been married for 21 years and have three adult children and one grandchild.

“I just recently attended the basic, advanced, and instructor development course with GPS Defense. I have to say that I have attended a few other sniper courses who were considered to be good classes and instructors. Without a doubt, GPS Defense puts on the best sniper courses I have ever been through. The application to the real world is absolutely amazing. I thought I knew a lot and had a good handle on being a sniper, but GPS Defense was able to take our sniper team to a whole other level! Ryan Cleckner is hands down the best firearms (of any kind) instructor that I have been taught by. William Graves puts on an excellent school. Now that we have been through it, we will definitely be sending the rest of our team to the GPS Defense sniper courses. Thank you for your service.”

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