What We Do
The Vigilance Group is a personal security & safety consulting company that teaches people how to live safely in a dangerous world. Our Workshops and Interactive Seminars are designed for those businesses and their associates, who have no experience in how to recognize and/or respond to dangerous situations. This Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business shares our years of military and law enforcement experiences to empower each and every participant by teaching the skill set of awareness, avoidance and action as the keys to staying safe.
The mission of The Vigilance Group is to inform, educate and train groups and individuals in all aspects of safety awareness techniques, personal self-defense and active shooter response tactics. Our goal is to empower the 92% of Americans who have never served in the military, law enforcement, trained in any kind of combative, or have never owned a firearm.
Meet the Team
When Lt Colonel Moose Moore retired from active duty as a Fighter Pilot in 1992, he studied at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and was a member of TSA’s Air Marshal Program for 10 years, while flying as an Airline Transport Pilot. His travels abroad include the country of Israel, where Moose completed specific training in Terrorist Threat Detection and Predictive Profiling. He is an instructor of Krav Maga (Israeli self-defense) and holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Moose has drawn from his military background and other tactical experiences to teach Vigilance and Awareness skills throughout the country. However, his is greatest accomplishment is being married 48 years to his wife Corinne, and has 3 adult children and 11 beautiful grandchildren.
Patrick Terry is a self-defense expert with over 30 years of training and teaching experience. Among other martial arts training, he is a certified Black Belt instructor in Israeli Krav Maga. Patrick maintains a 13+ year law enforcement commission serving as a Chief Inspector Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Patrick has trained internationally in Israel and has specialized counter terrorism threat detection training, predictive profiling and First Responder assessment training under the Department of Homeland Security. Patrick is a seasoned vigilance and awareness instructor with The Vigilance Group and has contributed to the organization’s curriculum and trained audiences throughout the country. Patrick is a proud father of three, strong in his Christian faith and active in his local church.
Julie McKim is one of our female instructors and mother of two sons and one daughter. Julie has Bachelors Degree in Fashion design from Auburn University, a former athlete and is a certified fitness instructor. Due to the fact her husband often travels for his job, she understands that she must be the nurturer and protector of their family when her husband is away. Because of her ties to her community and her love for her three kids, she is passionate about teaching women of all ages how to defend themselves, which makes her very effective when leading Vigilance Workshops with all female participants. Fitness is also an integral part to her everyday life and she loves the confidence she has gained going through our training and is excited about giving back.
Russ Bohlinger is a retired US Army Ranger. He has served in 7 deployments to both Afghanistan and Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He retired from injuries sustained after 15 years of Active Duty Service. He was born and raised in Middle Michigan and grew up a competitive athlete. His diverse experience includes being a Senior Leader in 75th Ranger Regiment, 5 years as a Crossfit L1/L2 Coach, Army Master Fitness Trainer, Best Ranger Competition Coach for the 101st Airborne Division, and volunteering with the local Nashville community. Russ is passionate about helping and continuing to serve outside the Military. His knowledge and experience from the Special Operations Community brings a unique perspective on Vigilance and Safety.
Mary Leonard is a 2015 graduate of Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, where she played four years of Division I lacrosse. She earned her degree in Psychology with a minor in Educational Studies. Mary discovered her passion for coaching after a career ending hip injury during her senior season. Since that time, she has coached middle school and high school girls throughout the middle Tennessee area, while working in Admissions at a private school in Hendersonville, TN. Since moving back to her hometown, she also began instructing at a local Pure Barre studio. Mary enjoys encouraging her athletes and clients to push themselves past their comfort zones. She is passionate about empowering young ladies to feel confident, strong, beautiful, and unique. In 2013, Mary participated in The Vigilance Group self-defense course and felt called to help others benefit from everything she learned and continues to use in her daily life.
Adam is a retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class, who served with distinction for 17 years before he was medically discharged for combat wounds received serving in the Middle East. He was a member of the highly regarded 101st Airborne Division during his illustrious career, and is the recipient of The Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal for valor. Adam’s strengths are founded on his leadership and teaching skills which served him well as a Platoon Sergeant in combat, as well as a Chief Training Instructor for the United States Army at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Adam is a proud father and husband, who is a devoted Christian and his very active in his church community. He has a passion on his heart for training men, women and children on being more vigilant, with the hope they can live more safely in a dangerous world.