Leviathan Defense Group is a Veteran organization specializing in firearm training and tactics, tactical-medical training, executive protection and high-end security. Leviathan provides comprehensive instruction on subjects that directly apply to real-world situations and the threats they present. Overcoming today’s urban environment can be a tricky process, come in and learn from our experienced training cadre, which represents prior law enforcement, military and SOF veterans, and private defense contractors.
The company was founded in early 2020 by Michael Woodruff Bird Jr, a seasoned entrepreneur whose personal experience in his childhood, and educational background, laid the foundation for his passion in providing the proper protection and training services to his organization and clientele. Michael’s vision for the company is clear: to empower and protect his clients and community for a safer tomorrow.
Our leadership team consists of trained, experienced professionals with longstanding careers in the military, law enforcement, and defense contracting. Many of Leviathan’s personnel have had active deployment to dangerous regions across the globe, enabling them to utilize that experience and better train and secure our wide range of clients. From government positions to special operations, our team is qualified in the knowledge of what it takes to offer individuals the highest standards, and how to properly be prepared in our modern-day society.
Michael Bird Jr. is an Academi Certified Personal Protection Specialist with experience in executive protection, wilderness survival, tracking and winter weather training. After playing collegiate football, Michael made the decision to join the security industry, receiving hands-on training from some of the industry’s best in EP, firearms training and land navigation. Spending a majority of his life growing up in Wyoming, Michael developed and specialized in winter survival skills, which he was able to transition to his skillset for the benefit of his clientele in the North-west. At University Michael attained degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology, and pursues continued education and background in Security Management and Homeland Security from the American Military University. As CEO of Leviathan Defense Group, Mr. Bird oversees the company’s day-to-day business activities and is responsible for Leviathan’s Defense’s overall growth and development
In November of 1985, Dr. Kent Keller joined the Navy and became a Special Operations Officer and Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician. He served in a variety of roles throughout his Navy career including as Officer in Charge at EOD Mobile Unit TWO in Littlecreek, Virginia; as the Executive Officer of EOD Mobile Unit SEVEN in San Diego, California; and, as Commanding Officer of Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Lansing, Michigan. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander in May 0f 2008.
Upon retirement, Dr. Keller became the Director of Business Development for The Columbia Group in Washington DC. Afterward, he was a Senior Analyst in support of U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, FL; a Program Manager (PM) in support of Joint Improvised Threat-Defeat Agency in Washington, DC; a PM in support of Fleet Cyber Command at Fort Meade, MD; and, a Senior Advisor and PM in support of U.S. Southern Command, Miami, FL.
Throughout Dr. Keller’s academic career, he received his Master’s Degree in Foreign Affairs from the Army’s Command and General Staff College; and, his Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Level 1 and Advanced JPME. Dr. Keller has been an Adjunct Professor for three universities. He has performed in-depth studies, written scholarly articles, and conducted professional lectures pertaining to the most modern business concepts and theories in the areas of motivation, leadership, organizational change management, business productivity, business strategy, and best practices.
Robert Winston is a seasoned instructor and personal protection professional with years of experience in the United States, Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. He has worked as an Instructor and Personal Protection Specialist for Blackwater World Wide, U.S. Training Center, Triple Canopy, and Academi, as well as his experience as an Instructor for the State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program and with O’Gara Training and Services.
Robert Spent 4 ½ years in Baghdad Iraq, between 2006 and 2011 with Blackwater Worldwide and Triple Canopy as a member of the Ambassadors Advance Detail and Protection Detail. Robert was later vetted as the Rangemaster and combined duties as the Lead Firearms instructor, Integrated Training Instructor, and Rangemaster for Triple Canopy. Robert was also vetted by the State Department as a Shift Leader, Asst. Detail Leader, Unit Support Coordinator.
Currently, Winston is the Director of Training at Leviathan Defense Group and maintains his position part-time as a Lieutenant with Triple Canopy under the Federal Protective Service.
Bill Schaubel has over 30 years in the public and private sectors of Law Enforcement, Security, and Emergency Response field with expertise and experience in various types of military and civilian firearms training and instruction, high-risk tactical operations, IED and WMD, and Medical response. He is currently a nationally registered EMT and is also licensed in Georgia and North Carolina. He serves as a firefighter for the Union County Fire Dept in Blairsville, GA.
Prior to joining Leviathan Defense Group, Bill spent 5 years in Kabul, Afghanistan as a member of the Rescue and Recovery team for the US Embassy. Additionally Schaubel served as a member of the protective service detail and driver for the wife of the US Ambassador in Afghanistan.
Bill was an instructor for the U.S. State Department World Wide Protective Service program and was certified in numerous areas of instruction to include Firearms Instruction, WMD, IED, Close Quarter Battle, and room clearing to name just a few, and brings his experience and practical application to Leviathan’s training cadre.