Monthly Archives: August 2019

Security firm helps veterans find support, jobs after deployment

Security firm helps veterans find support, jobs after deployment

NOW OPEN—Chris Dunn is founder and CEO of Covered 6. Behind him is “Patriot Center,” the state-of-the art training facility built by Covered 6 for use in replicating real-life scenarios. Courtesy of Covered 6

As Jonathan Peto was preparing to leave the Marine Corps a little more than a year ago, he felt unsure about the future.

The 23-year-old Woodland Hills resident had spent four years serving his country and wondered how his military skills would fit into a traditional, civilian job. He ended up enrolling at Pasadena Community College, even though he didn’t think classroom life was quite right for him.

His path changed, though, during a seminar at the end of his final tour with the Marines when he met with representatives from Covered 6, a Moorpark-based company that specializes in training people to fill security industry jobs, everything from providing protection for high-profile VIP clients to warding off high-tech cybersecurity threats.

What makes this business unique, though, is it that it primarily employs, trains and finds jobs for military veterans like Peto after they return home from active duty.

Peto was drawn to the physical side of security work as well as the camaraderie at Covered 6.

STRIKE FORCE—Moorpark resident Abby Holland, left, learns from Brendon Roberts, right, where to hit an attacker during the Aug. 24 grand opening of Covered 6, a Moorpark-based tactical training facility for physical and cyber security. Roberts, a Marine Corps veteran, is a 2018 alumni of the facility’s five-week academy. JOSEPH A. GARCIA/Acorn Newspapers

“Getting out of the Marines is pretty difficult, especially when you’ve done a few deployments like I have,” he said. “When I came here it really was a family. Whether you’re prior military or just civilians, we all are very like-minded and have the same mission to protect and serve the public.”

Today, Peto is a security supervisor at Valley Circle Estates in Woodland Hills. The position, he said, is one he wouldn’t have landed without his five weeks of training at Covered 6.

“It’s a stable job, the pay is good and I get to exercise my leadership skills with my team,” he said.

Peto is one of hundreds who have had their lives transformed by the coaching and mentorship they receive at Covered 6, said founder/CEO Chris Dunn.

“Many veterans find camaraderie coming back to structure, having that support group and (being around) people in the same situation,” Dunn said. “It almost provides mental health for them where they can feel like integrating isn’t such a shock.”

Business is good

Chris Dunn, Founder and CEO of Covered 6

Covered 6 is expanding with a new state-of-the-art, 20,000-square-foot training center in an industrial building on Patriot Drive. “Patriot Center,” as it’s called, features themed classrooms for specialized training, a fitness center and a simulated city with six facades.

“It’s a really unique space. The simulated city has a classroom, a bar, a nightclub and an apartment so people can train (in different environments),” said Dunn, 51, who spent three years in the Army as a military police investigator and protective services team member for the secretary of defense. “Someone from the SWAT team or a security (detail) can come in here and replicate a de-escalation scenario.”

It was a long road, though, to get Dunn and Covered 6 to where they are today.

Setting a standard

When the decorated veteran left his career with the Los Angeles Police Department to work in security in 2008, he was surprised to see that there were no recognized training standards for those asked to protect homes, businesses and schools.

“I saw the need immediately and I saw that privatization would be the new model,” the Oxnard resident said.

When Dunn founded Covered 6 in 2010, he decided to set his standards high, requiring students to go through extensive training based on his own military, law enforcement, firearms and martial arts experience. He emphasizes de-escalation techniques instead of using of force.

His vision and hard work paid off. In 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded Covered 6 the first National Program Standard for both its physical security and cybersecurity programs.

“I think that’s amazing to be the first to make a national standard,” he said. “What makes me the most proud is the fact that I did this with no help. . . . I didn’t take on any investors. I did it with my credit card.”

Providing jobs

Every six weeks, Covered 6 enrolls about 60 students in its three training programs: physical security, executive protection and cybersecurity. About 80% of the students are veterans who use the POST 9/11 GI BILL® FUNDING to pay for their tuition.

“We believe in hands-on training, so our academies are about 50% theoretical in-classroom teaching,” said Omar Herrera, Covered 6’s chief operating officer. “We also do a lot of professional development because a lot of the veterans went in at 17 or 18 and have been with the military for four, six, eight years.”

At the end of the fifth week of training, Covered 6 brings in recruiters from security firms or other companies that are looking for individuals with specialized security training. Most of the students are offered a job on the spot, Dunn said.

Looking ahead

Dunn plans to take Covered 6 national by opening up additional training facilities in such states as Nevada and North Carolina.

“The need is so great nationally and the veteran is a perfect fit because they are coming off the bases in large numbers, they are looking for employment and they gravitate toward defending and guarding,” Dunn said.

  • August 30, 2019

Covered 6 Celebrates Their Grand Opening; Welcoming Veterans and the Community

Covered 6 Celebrates Their Grand Opening - Welcoming Veterans and the Community

Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

August 29, 2019

August 24th was officially designated Covered 6 Day in Moorpark by the City Mayor, Janice Parvin, during the grand opening of the Covered 6 Patriot Center, a 20,000-square-foot state-of-the-art training facility located on Patriot Drive.
 
More than 500 people, including Veterans and their families, attended the event, where the Moorpark Mayor praised Covered 6 for specializing in Physical Security training, Cyber training and Executive Protection. She gave special recognition to Chris Dunn, CEO, and Founder of Covered 6, for the training techniques and "for finding jobs for our Veterans."
 
"Chris is an Army veteran and former police detective in Los Angeles," Mayor Parvin told the guests. "He employs Veterans and has helped other companies hire Veterans – about 700 so far." She added that "Chris is an innovator, from his training programs to his tactical products. He has chosen the right town, Moorpark, on the right street, Patriot Drive, to grow his business. We are excited to welcome Chris and Covered 6 into our community."
 
Special guests at the Open House included United States Congressman Julia Brownley, members of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department and L.A. County Sheriff's Department, MMA legend Bas Rutten, and members of the Ventura SWAT team.
 
"Defend, Guard, Protect is the motto of Covered 6," Chris Dunn told the audience.
 
"The world has changed – it's volatile, it's uncertain, it's complex. And the threats have changed, so everyone is involved. Everyone is a First Responder, and everyone can train. The philanthropic vision of what we do with Veterans has now become one of our primary missions. We have been engaged in the longest war in U.S. history; we have people that have come out…and trying to get a job is extremely difficult because those skills don't necessarily apply. Veterans are one of our single greatest resources we have as a corporation."
 
About Covered 6: Covered 6 is a group of highly trained professionals with backgrounds in law enforcement, the military, and corporate security. These professionals have gained their experience in austere environments, real-life combat scenarios, and significant crisis management, both stateside and abroad. Through a holistic approach, Covered 6 balances courtesy and compliance with specialists that supply a sophisticated, innovative, and collaborative solution for clients seeking protection across the board. These solutions are provided through Physical Security and Cyber Security by protecting communities and executive protection for high net worth individuals, including those who are targets of sophisticated attacks.

  • August 29, 2019

Moorpark company Covered 6 trains veterans for jobs in private security

ABC 7 SALUTES: Moorpark company Covered 6 trains Veterans for jobs in private security

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MOORPARK, Calif. (KABC) -- When Hans Hagy of Ventura County left the Marine Corps, he was looking for a career that built on his military training. Hagy enrolled in the company Covered 6's five-week executive protection program.

"The stuff i learned here far surpassed any training i got out of the military. The defensive tactics were on point, they were much better than what I learned in the Marine Corps. I learned a lot more on arrest and control," said Hagy.

Covered 6, which is based in Moorpark, has trained thousands of people for jobs in the private security industry -- 80% of those trained are veterans.

"They understand veterans. That's kind of the biggest thing. You go to some security companies and some places and people just don't understand how veterans operate, how veterans work. Here, everyone's a veteran or first responders. They just get it, they understand your mentality, your mindset, and they nurture that as you go through the program," said Hagy.

The program includes classroom lessons and in-the-field training on everything from cyber security to defensive driving. The skills are taught at the company's 20,000-square-foot facility, which has a simulated city.

Something you won't see a lot of at Covered 6 are guns. Out of the five-week training program, firearm training takes up only two days because their philosophy focuses on de-escalation. Covered 6 was started by veteran Chris Dunn because he says he noticed a gap between law enforcement training and security jobs. His company puts an emphasis on customer service, using words and building relationships instead of combat.

"We've been in the longest war of all time. It's almost perpetuating a decade. You're 30-years-old, you have two kids, you get out of the military with your job skills that don't apply necessary to a corporation and then you go to college and now you're four years behind and you still don't have the same job skills," said Dunn.

To learn more about Covered 6, visit www.covered6.com

  • August 23, 2019