Instructors

MGTA instructors have a wealth and knowledge and experience in a number of different fields. Our instructors strive to provide exceptional, current and relevant training while constantly evaluating and implementing progressive new skills and thinking. We do not teach gimmicks or complicated sequences to memorize and master. We simply provide effective, proven training to help keep you safe and defendable.

The instructors at MGTA are not only skilled technicians, but they are also adept in conveying those skills to the greenest cadet or to the most seasoned veteran. In addition to these proven skills, each instructor maintains a conversational knowledge of the legal components necessary to survive a lawsuit.


Instructor Certifications:

  • Defensive Tactics
  • Pressure Point Control
  • Straight Baton
  • Knife Defense
  • Firearms Laser Shot (computer firearms simulation)
  • FX simunition
  • Rapid Deployment
  • OCAT (pepper spray)
  • Tactical Team (SWAT)
  • Pepperball projectile
  • Mechanics of arrest
  • Building searches
  • Specialized Patrol Response

Mike Guido

Michael J. Guido is the owner and co-founder of MG Tactical Advantage, LLC in Carlisle Pennsylvania.  He has been a police officer since 1979 and started training police officers in 1985.  Mike is currently the Captain of Operations for the Dickinson College Department of Public Safety.  As the Operations Captain of this 13-man police force, Mike oversees the day to day police functions of the department and creates, teaches or approves all training for the department.  Mike is also responsible for departmental policy and procedure development, implementation, review and revision.  Mike reviews all department force response cases, and remediates if necessary. 

In August 2008 Mike retired from the Carlisle Borough Police Department after 29 years of service.  During his time there he was promoted through the ranks from patrolman to corporal and finally to Sergeant.  Mike became the Carlisle Police Department training officer in 1990.  He was also a team leader and trainer for the Cumberland County Special Response Team.

In addition to his work at Dickinson College, Mike is the training specialist for Cumberland County Adult and Juvenile Probation Departments as well as the Cumberland County Domestic Relations Department.  Mike is a master instructor for the Pennsylvania Probation and Parole firearms Commission, lead instructor for the Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission (MPOETC), and responsible for the development and presentation of varied training across the state.  Mike’s experience ranges from the academy level to in-service training for police and probation officers.  Mike also teaches US military, SWAT teams, and hospital and EMS personnel.

Mike is a frequent guest speaker for the Penn State Dickinson School of Law on various police issues including use of force and force justification within the police profession.  He also provides expert witness opinion and testimony for attorneys and law firms across the state.


Mike Hurley

Mike Hurley

Mike Hurley, a Pennsylvania Registered School Business Official (PRSBO), has served as the Director of Safety and Security for the Carlisle Area School District since 1985. Mike also holds the position of School Services Officer for the Cumberland County Department of Public Safety and as operations chief for the Emergency Operations Center. Mike has over 30 years of experience in Emergency Management Planning, and was founder of the Cumberland County Safe Schools Association. The Association brings together over 30 school districts, law enforcement departments, and first responder agencies, with the goal of coordinating responses to school emergencies. Mike served as president of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) in 2006-2007, and currently chairs the association’s School Safety Committee.


Instructor Certifications:

  • Handgun/Shotgun
  • Patrol Rifle
  • Asp Tactical Baton
  • OCAT

Denny Fry

Dennis M. Fry II began his career in 1998 as a Cumberland County Domestic Relations Enforcement Officer.  He is currently employed with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office where he serves as a trainer and a field training officer, having been promoted to Corporal in 2015, and named a SRT Team Leader in 2019. He is instrumental in his department’s firearms, use of force, and scenario-based training. Dennis is also an operator on the Cumberland County Special Response Team; a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team.  In addition to his work at the Sheriff’s Office, Dennis is also a firearms instructor at the Pennsylvania Deputy Sheriff’s academy. He continues to attend training, focusing on SWAT tactics, SWAT leadership and defensive tactics.


Joseph Hogarth

Joseph Hogarth is the Chief of Police and Manager for Penbrook Borough in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. A 25-year veteran, Chief Hogarth worked for the Carlisle Borough Police Department as a patrol sergeant, training coordinator and county SRT team leader.

He has been an adjunct instructor for the law enforcement training unit and police academy at Harrisburg Area Community College for 23 years and prior to becoming police chief, served full time as the police academy training coordinator and range master. He is also an adjunct instructor for Penn State University Deputy Sheriffs Training Program as well as a staff instructor for the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (NLEFIA).

Chief Hogarth wrote the defensive tactics basic training curriculum currently used at the police academies across the Commonwealth as well as a 40-hour firearms instructor development course recognized by the Training Commission for officers seeking to become instructors for their respective departments or training academies. Specializing in use of force, report writing and firearms, Chief Hogarth has instructed thousands of basic training and in-service officers across the Commonwealth and around the county.


Erik Christensen

Erik D. Christensen is currently employed as a Probation/Parole Officer II with the Erie County Adult Probation/Parole Department in Erie, PA. With over 20 years of experience in the field, he is the Lead Force Response Trainer (firearms/defensive tactics) for his department and is responsible for development and implementation of all aspects of officer safety training. Erik is certified as a Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor through the NRA, Pennsylvania State Police and Protective Safety Systems. He is also certified as a Defensive Tactics / Countermeasures Instructor through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC, Class DTITP-203, Glynco, GA) and Cutting Edge Training out of Bellingham, WA. He holds several instructor certifications in Extendable Baton and OC Spray and is a Scenario Supervisor through Simunition.

Erik brings his dynamic, down-to-earth training style to cadets at the Municipal Police Officer’s Education and Training Commission (MPOETC, Police Officers Act 120), Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD, Constables Act 44) and the Firearms Education and Training Commission (FETC, Probation/Parole Officers Act 158). He is a Master Instructor and Chair of the Curriculum Sub-Committee for FETC, assisting in the development of courses for Probation/Parole Officers throughout the state of Pennsylvania. He continues to attend trainings including SWAT/SRT, focusing on the Sniper Team Element. Erik is also the Owner/Director of Training for T3 Training, LLC which provides training to law enforcement nationwide.


Instructor Certifications:

  • Defensive Tactics
  • Pressure Point Control
  • Impact Weapon / Straight Baton
  • Knife Defense
  • Firearms Laser Shot (computer firearms simulation)
  • FX Simunition
  • Taser
  • Rapid Deployment
  • OCAT (pepper spray)

Ron Millward

Ron Millward is a co-founder of MG Tactical Advantage, LLC.  He has been a Centre County Probation Officer for the past 21 years.  During that time he has worked as a field officer, investigator, instructor/trainer, prison program coordinator and court program coordinator.  Mr. Millward is currently a supervisor for the Centre County Probation and Parole Department.  Mr. Millward is a master instructor for the Pennsylvania Probation and Parole Firearms commission and a certified Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission (M.P.O.E.T.C.).

Mr. Millward has provided defensive tactics, safety, and tactical training for numerous Police, Probation/Parole, corrections and sheriffs departments in Pennsylvania.  Additionally, Mr. Millward has provided safety and self defense training to human services agencies such as Domestic Relations, Children and Youth Services, court personnel, high school faculty and staff, medical personnel, and firefighters.


Jillian McGeehan

Jill attended Penn State University for Administration of Justice and Wildlife and Fisheries Science.  From there she started her career in Law Enforcement as a Deputy Waterways Conservation Officer with the Pa Fish ad Boat Commission. 

In 2015, Jill was hired as an Officer with Dickinson College Public Safety.  Here she is a certified Field Training Officer, Trauma Informed Title IX Investigator, Active Intruder Awareness Trainer, and First Year Mentor.

In her spare time she is also a Real Estate Agent for The Knox Bowermaster Hovetter Team of Berkshire Hathaway.


Bill Cline

Bill Cline

William T. “Bill” Cline passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at his home. He was a cherished member of the MG Tactical family. Bill is dearly missed and fondly remembered.


Bill Cline is retired from the US Army after serving the last 17 years as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and his first 3 years with the US Marine Corps as an Infantryman.   He served as an EOD Team Leader during Operation Desert Storm/Shield, the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He also served with several units that supported the FBI, ATF, US Secret Service, British Army EOD, and the Department of Energy and Special Operations throughout the Department of Defense.  Bill is employed as a Deputy Sheriff with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.  He also serves as an SRT team member with the Cumberland County Special Response Team and is employed by Penn State University as a Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor at the Pennsylvania Deputy Sheriff’s academy at State College.