Defensive Handgun/Long gun Training Association
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Timothy Hightshoe
Lead instructor for DeHLTA in the Front Range area - Tim's firearms qualifications include:

Front Range International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) President // Safety Officer and Match Conduct Instructor //
Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (P.O.S.T.) Certified Handgun Instructor // USAF  (Colorado Air National
Guard) Combat Arms Instructor // Defensive Handgun, Long gun Training Association (DeHLTA) Co-founder and
Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun Instructor // Aurora Community College P.O.S.T. Handgun At-Will Instructor // Graduated from
Denny Chalker's (Command Master Chief, Ret., SEAL Team 6) Executive Protection (knife/hand/gun) Training //
Graduated Gun Sight Pistol/Carbine/Shotgun training // Completed Matt Burkett's Practical Hand Gunning course. //
Veteran of Desert Storm / Desert Shield / Noble Eagle // Trained troops for Operations Just Cause / Enduring Freedom /
Iraqi Freedom.

He has been a guest speaker for the Pikes Peaks Writers CSI Workshop and has also held firearms familiarizations classes
for members of the Colorado Springs Sisters in Crime Mystery Writers Organization.
Carol Hightshoe
Assistant firearms and lead Report Writing instructor for DeHLTA in the Front Range area  - Carol's qualifications

10 years with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office / Professionally published writer and editor / USAF Reserve -
Honorably Discharged / Member - Marksmanship Team - Texas A&M University.
Frank Howell
A US Air Force Certified Combat Arms Training and Maintenance, (CATM), Instructor, Frank Howell, (MSgt, Ret.)
has 27 years of experience teaching small arms safety, operations, maintenance, use and tactics in the USAF and the
Colorado Air National Guard.  Throughout his career he has trained over 20,000 service members on nearly all of the
small arms types in the Air Force inventory, with primary weapons being the Handgun, and Rifle, both of which he
has qualified expert every year of his career, and secondary specialties in belt feed machine guns.  Frank also qualified
on and taught shotgun, 40mm grenade launchers, the M-72 LAW, and has experience with the UZI and MAC-10

Frank Howell is passionate about teaching personal defense, and realizes that no one knows it all.  As such he is
continually researching advances in equipment, tactics and the phycology of the fight.  He had first learned handgun
shooting through IPSIC and IDPA competitive shooting before he became an AF Instructor.  In these competitions,
he learned the use of the weaver stance and roll-over prone positions, and he began teaching these techniques nearly a
decade before they were officially adopted by the AF, and as the NCOIC of his CATM unit, he urged all of his
instructors to keep an open mind and incorporate anything they believed might give their students and edge, into the
approved lesson plans.  In addition to his AF certifications, he has received training from several local police
departments, the FBI’s Counter Terrorist Team, and many of his own CATM unit members who’d also taken training
outside of the AF.

Frank is a Cold War Vet, and took part in Operation Noble Eagle as a Security Forces Flight Chief, supervising the
security of the Buckley AFB flight line for nearly 2 years after 9-11, and spent countless hours training his Security
Forces members in every aspect of their mission.
Cody Ritter
Cody's background in Firefighting and Corrections has given him the training and mindset to be prepared for just
about anything.