Welcome to Encinas Special Operations Group-Tactical
Knowledge is the key to defense, and Special Operations Group-Tactical is here to give you that knowledge. SOG-Tactical is an operation that has come
together with the training mission of serving the Law Enforcement
community’s Special Weapons and Tactics Teams, Special Response
Teams, Special Enforcement Teams and anyone
interested in training for these types of special interest positions.
Special Operations Group-Tactical Staff
“Ted” Encinas, BA
Director of Operations
SAPD Ret., Former USASF
Ted is a retired Police Officer having served in various Southern
California Police Departments. His background includes assignments
as; Field Training Officer, SWAT Officer, Special Enforcement Detail,
Buried Undercover Militant Prison Gang Intelligence Agent, Robbery Prevention Surveillance Team, Special Forces enlisted service
as a Communications Specialist, cross-trained in light weapons,
demolitions and medical aid. Service as a commissioned officer included
Operational Detachment “A” Executive Officer, Range
Officer, Training Officer and the Team Intelligence Officer. As part of his SWAT duties, Ted was assigned to work with the Secret Service Presidential Protection Unit when President Nixon visited Ontario, CA. on a campaign stop. During the 1984 World Olympics, Ted was assigned as the Supervisor for the Norco Olympic Shooting Venue.
Mr. Encinas has operated California Security Academy, a California
State Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, licensed Firearms
Training Facility for since 1974. The academy has trained security
personnel in basic handgun and shotgun use as well as advanced tactics.
Mr. Encinas is also a BSIS licensed Firearms Instructer and Range
Mr. Encinas was contracted to single handedly train a 40 man Terrorist
Reaction Unit at a training site in the mountains of West Virginia.
This training consisted of all aspects of premises security, patrolling
tactics and techniques, ambush and counter-ambush tactics, Repelling and Helicasting, Direction and Ground Control of aircraft arriving and departing, firearms
training for handguns and assault rifles, perimeter control using
the deployment of seismic sensor systems and techniques of Bodyguard
and Executive Protection tactics. Mr. Encinas was responsible for
writing the lesson plans and presenting the training himself on
Former Sgt. USASF
Michael “Mike” Eckard attended the Special Forces Qualifications
Course as a Special Forces Communications Specialist. His cross-training
was in the areas of Special Forces Medical Assist and Assistant
Light Weapons Specialist Once he completed the SFQC Mike was assigned
to a Special Forces Operational Detachment. He was subsequently
sent to Viet Nam where he served on a Special Forces Operational
Detachment “A” in the II Corp area of Operations in
South Viet Nam.
Mike was re-assigned to "SOG," AKA, Studies and Observation Group. He was assigned to work in Cambodia training and leading the FANK Teams in weapons and tactics. His duties included leading the teams on combat operations in Cambodia. Following his active duty Mike exited the active US Army and entered the 12
th Special Forces Group, Airborne, US Army Reserve.
Mr. Eckard has attended various Advanced Firearms Training
Courses at some very outstanding schools or training facilities.
As a result Mike has been contracted numerous times to train such
personnel as the General Staff of the Special Forces Command, Fort
Bragg, North Carolina. He has trained US Army Reserve Military Police
at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Los Alamitos, California,
prior to their deployment into combat areas. He has been qualified
in the use and training of the latest firearms and handguns in service
with today’s armed forces overseas in combat areas.
Mike has persevered in his training and therefore
has become the Coordinator of the programs at SOG-Tactical. Mike
has qualified many times over in his knowledge and use of assault
weapons and handguns. He has attended many courses in the training
of Personal Security Details, Executive Protection Detail, Escort Protection details and other such
Instructor/ Senior Medic
Supv. USINS, Border Patrol
M/Sgt. USASF Ret.
Robert “Bob” E. Crebbs, is a Retired Special Forces
Master Sergeant, and retired Supervisory Special Agent of the US
Dept. of Justice, INS, Border Patrol Service. Bob attended the Special
Forces Qualification Course where he received Special Forces Medical
and Special Forces Communication training. He served as a combat
Medic with the 101st Airborne Division in Viet Nam. He later returned
to the Special Forces as a Combat Medic. He was assigned to the
Operations and Intelligence sections of several Special Forces Reserve
Companies and Battalions. He was the Senior Operations & Intelligence
NCO for Special Operations Command, Korea. Currently Bob is serving
as the Command Sergeant Major for the 40th Inf. Division (M) Support
Brigade, a California State Military Reserve volunteer position.
During his career in the INS, Bob promoted from Border Patrol Agent to Criminal Investigator and up to District Adjudications Officer. His duties included Firearms Instructor,
Impact Weapons Instructor, and First Aid/CPR Instructor. Bob is
a Certified Instructor under the California Commission on Peace
Officer Standards of Training (POST) in Firearms, Impact Weapons
and in First Aid/CPR. He received training from both military and
civilian programs in the areas of VIP and Dignitary Protection.
Bob has been a Firearms and Impact Weapons Instructor at California
Security Academy for several years.
Bob attended and taught several courses in Terrorism and Anti-Terrorist
Tactics. He was assigned to the “Joint Anti-Terrorist Teams”
during the 1984 Olympics and the 1994 World Cup Soccer games. He
was the Agent in Charge of the Anti-Terrorist section in the Los
Angeles Office and in charge of the INS, Anti-Terrorist Operations
Center, during the 1984 Olympics.
LASD, Ret., Former USASF
Randy has recently returned from a one-year assignment in Afghanistan,
where he was contracted as a Police Monitor/Advisor to oversee the
training of the Afghan National Police, Highway Police and the Border
Police. The training involved all levels of Law Enforcement tactics
and weaponry. Prior to the Afghanistan tour, Randy had spent a one-year
contract tour as the Commanding Officer of a Border Police Unit
in East Timor. He was responsible for training the personnel in
tactics, Criminal Adjudication and weaponry.
Randy is a retired Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant.
He worked in the County Jail and then went out into the field as
a Deputy Sheriff on Patrol. His last assignment was in the Detective
Bureau as the Team Leader of a Special Crimes Unit.
Prior to employment with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department
Randy served in the US Army Special Forces. After he completed the
Basic Airborne Course and Special Forces Qualification course and
obtained the specialty at that time of Demolitions Specialist, which
is now a Combat Engineer. He was cross- trained in Medical and Light
Weapons. He attended the Underwater Warfare School and subsequently
was assigned to a Special Forces SCUBA Operational Detachment “A”
as an Underwater Demolitions Specialist . Randy continues to train
with weapons and is an integral part of the staff at the Special
Operations Group Tactical.