Professional Marksmen Inc.'s CEO, Jon Weiler, is a former U.S. Army Sniper over ten years active experience working with precision long range cartridges and defensive firearm engagements. In 2003, Jon took part in the invasion of Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division as part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3/325 Airborne Infantry Regiment, and spent the greater part of his time operating out of the urban environment of Baghdad. From 2003-2004, his unit gained valuable operating experience in this environment, working in small teams for extended periods of time.
Upon his Honorable Discharge from the Army, Jon began his international instructor career with Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc., that produce the M107 .50 BMG, Semi-Automatic Rifle that is utilized by the United States military and many allied countries worldwide. During his 3.5 years with the company, Jon developed a comprehensive long range shooting and weapon maintenance courses for the Barrett Rifle line.
Jon has worked with militaries and law enforcement personnel from the United States, Mexico, Taiwan, Singapore, Greece, The Netherlands, and Israel. He has also been featured in several printed publications, is a contributing writer for the magazine Tactical Weapons, highlighted on the Discovery Channel's Future Weapons and Sons of Guns, the History Channel's High Impact: M16 and Sniper: Bulletproof, and the Outdoor Channel's Shooting Gallery.
Weiler founded Professional Marksmen Inc. in 2007 and currently instructs for the company while managing the corporate growth. In 2011, Professional Marksmen Inc. was contracted by the NRA Whittington Center to assist in the creation of their training division: Whittington U. Courses provided for the Whittington U range from the Defensive Academy, focusing on the defensive implementation of the firearm platform and the Precision Academy, focusing on the technical aspect of precision long range shooting to survival courses and long range treks in the Outdoor Academy.
Also in 2011, Jon pioneered a new endurance competition that combines realistic shooting stages into an adventure race format, called the Survival Trial. The Survival Trial is a completely new concept in both adventure racing and shooting competitions, blurring the lines between each. Competitors work in two person teams, having 24 hours to negotiate 52 square miles of harsh mountainous and high desert terrain. Every Survival Trial is different, with a distinct theme to each. 2013 will feature the STIII – STV at the NRA Whittington Center in NE New Mexico.
Jon continues to grow his ventures, while working with non-profits who support Veterans and their families in dealing with Post Traumatic Stress.
Whittington U Instructors
Jeremiah "J" Ward is a 16 year military veteran who served in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Reserves.
He was mobilized and deployed with the Army's 4th Infantry Division during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 as an Infantry Sergeant and a command level driver, and subsequently returned to the country with the Air Force Reserves in 2006 and 2008, where he performed Military Police duties to include counter intelligence and investigations.
In 2007 he served in Afghanistan as part of a 4 person security team working directly for the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Jeremiah just finished a 3 year tour at the Air Force's Camp Guernsey Regional Training Center, where he was instrumental in building and validating the Combat Airman Skills Training course that prepares Air Force personnel for deployment to combat zones worldwide.
Jeremiah finished out his tour of duty at Camp Guernsey as the Non-Comissioned Officer in Charge of the Close Precision Engagement Course, which is the Air Force equivalent to (and based strongly on) the Army's sniper school.