Matthew Gaddy
Instructor – 911 Academy

USAF Pararescue

Matthew has been assigned to both rescue and special tactics units and has acted as a PJ
enabler supporting units from all four uniformed services of the United States military. Acting
as a ground force medic and technical rescue specialist, Matthew has four uniformed
deployments to several African AO’s as well as Afghanistan. He has also spent four years as a
Special Operations contractor, in support of US Policy overseas. Matthew has experience in a
myriad of mission sets that include direct action assaults, low-visibility operations, and
reconnaissance-based missions.

During his 10-year career, Matthew has attended several advanced tactical and medical courses
to include instructor level courses. Additionally, Matthew has been invited to Europe to speak
at medical conferences on unique, hostile environment trauma cases. He is currently in the
publishing process for what is arguably the first battlefield blood transfusion from a walking
donor, during a sustained firefight.

He is a graduate from the University of New Mexico holding a Bachelor of Science degree in
Emergency Medicine (Cum Laude). Currently, Matthew attends OSU in a post-bac pre-med
track and is still a guardsman with a Pararescue unit.

A few of Matthew’s qualifications include:

  • National Registry- Paramedic
  • Pre-hospital Traumatic Life Support, PHTLS
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support, ACLS
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support, PALS
  • Long Term Advanced and Surgical Care Course- Mayo Clinic
  • Joint Tactical Medical Course
  • Extensive Live Tissue Training/ Instruction
  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care, TCCC
  • ROCO Technical Rescue
  • Validus Advanced tactical pistol and carbine
  • Rigging for Rescue, Ouray CO
  • Element Leader Qualification Course, Kirtland, AFB
  • Validus MOUT/ CQC course
  • Stone Anvil Basic Off-road Driving Course SXOR Advanced Off-road driving
  • SMG Advanced Tactical Carbine/Pistol Course
  • SMG MOUT/CQB course
  • SXOR Tactical On/Off road Driving
  • Mid-South Shooting Institute Operator Standard Graduate
  • Emergency Physician MEMC- Dubrovnik Croatia
  • Pararescue Medical Operations Advisory Board
Chad is a great guy who showed my team and I how to react to an active shooter. I really appreciate what him and his team showed us.
Chris Soriano
“The one on one instruction was great for me to sharpen tactics and technique. Shooting at the range is one thing, but actually learning scenario based training while working with instructors and a team is irreplaceable.
James Murray
I was able to overcome my fears around firearms and gained Confidence, Knowledge and Empowerment, through the patience & guidance of 911 ACADEMY’S Instructor, Paul Wayman.
Daisy Sanchez
911 academy was one of the best firearms training schools that I ever went through. Being a 20 year military veteran and have gone through many shooting schools…911 academy changed the way I shoot and re-train myself from what they introduced me too..I was welcomed with opened arms and really feel like part of a family with them (911 academy). The owner Chad Talbot is a well seasoned warrior who brings his life experiences to the training and is also very humble throughout the training.
By far the best training I personally went though. Great job chad and team of 911 academy. Hope you guys enjoyed the pizza! Very much earned!
Glen L.

Chad and his seasoned staff are absolutely top-notch.  With an emphasis on safety, they coached my shooting style and helped correct bad habits that I didn’t even know I had. Although mostly ex-military, the environment was light and fun.  These men a true bad-asses and very experienced in what they do.  I went from knowing how to fire my weapon to shooting extremely accurate with both hands in a few hours.  If you want AFFORDABLE, informative, and fun (different positions, around obstacles/cover, etc.) instruction 911 Academy is the place to do it!
I’m looking forward to my next excursion with these gentlemen.

Marc Cheney
The experience I had at 911 Academy was life changing, for the simple fact that I have always had preconceived notions about guns and have always been afraid of them. A friend recommended I attend this training. I took my 14 year old daughter and my 11 year old son. As we arrived, I could just tell that I just had to let go and trust me and my family to Chad and his team. The organization, the structure, the humbleness, the teamwork/unity, the focus on respect/safety and the knowledge and experience of these highly trained individuals was mind-blowing. Bottom line, you will spend 70% learning and 30% engaging; not only in how to fire a weapon, but the notion of when and how and that’s after you analyze your surroundings and threats. All this in 4 hours. Ultimately, the learning me and my kids received was priceless. Thank you 911 Academy!
Julio Flores