The primary instructor at W2TF is Will Rodriguez who served over 20 years as an Infantry officer in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Korea. He is an NRA certified instructor with over 150 hours of formal post service firearms instruction and holds instructor certifications in Pistol, Personal Protection Inside & Outside the Home, the NRA’s award winning crime prevention program, Refuse to be a Victim and is a certified Range Safety Officer.
One of Will’s primary responsibilities as an Infantry Officer was ensuring the units he led were well trained in the employment of their firearms. He was responsible for the planning, resourcing, range development, instructor training, execution and supervision of firearms training for hundreds if not thousands of soldiers without one mishap over his 20 year career. As a company commander, his emphasis on rifle marksmanship was demonstrated by an unheard of 70% of his rifle company qualifying expert.
Will’s firearms experience includes the safe and effective handling of pistols, rifles, light and heavy machineguns from both static and moving positions. He was also an officer representative (assistant coach) for the West Point pistol team as an additional duty. He has spent thousands of hours preparing to shoot, training to shoot and shooting, consistently qualifying expert with the M1911 and M9 pistol as well as the M16 rifle. He has personally fired just about every weapon in the Army inventory from the pistol to the 120mm cannon on the M1 Abrams tank. That experience includes the M203 Grenade Launcher, M249 SAW, M60 and M240 machineguns.
Besides graduating from numerous Army schools, Will has degrees in National Security and International Affairs from West Point, a Master’s Degree in Counseling & Leadership Development and is a graduate of the Combined Arms General Staff College. Some of his awards include the Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals and the Order of St Maurice. Born and raised in a tough section of Brooklyn New York, Will lost his accent in the Army, but kept the attitude.