Alan spent twelve years in the New Zealand Army, the last nine being with the Special Air Service (S.A.S.). He served several tours with the counter terrorist team, and finally as assault group commander was responsible for the training and management of all entry team personnel.

In February, 1989, Alan left the Army and was sponsored into the United States as a subject matter expert in the field of counter terrorism. For two years he worked in Beverly Hills, CA as a close protection team member as well as conducting numerous courses for the US Military and Law Enforcement Communities. Alan is still active in the dignitary protection field and has performed security details in over twenty countries worldwide.

In 1991, Alan moved to Memphis and established the Tactical Explosive Entry School. This internationally recognized school conducted specialty classes for military and law enforcement personnel who were tasked to operate in high risk environments. Alan sold this company in 2005.

Alan has been a reserve Deputy with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department (SWAT Team) since 1992.

Since 1993, Alan has worked as an independent contractor for the U.S. Department of State’s Anti Terrorism Assistance Program that trains foreign law enforcement officers in skills associated with counter terrorism. This training is conducted within the United States and at select locations abroad.