About Us

Tactical Shepherd instructors have been on the "front lines" in both Military and Law Enforcement realms for over 20 years. We are Maryland Police Training Commission (MPTC) Certified Instructors, MPTC Firearms Instructors, Maryland State Police Handgun Qualification License, and Wear and Carry Instructors.  We have the training, knowledge and experience to instruct students on all aspects of firearms.   Let our experience be the difference for you!


Mel Adam

Mel Adam is a 25-year veteran of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police (NRP). He is the co-founder of the Tactical Response Team (TRT) and remained the Team Leader for 13 years.

Mel has extensive knowledge in the disciplines of Firearms Training, Active Shooter Response, Woodland Tactical Operations and Maritime Tactical Operations. He has planned, coordinated and conducted countless tactical operations during his tenure. He has also instructed both Military and Law Enforcement in Special Operations for over a decade. Additionally, he was the Training Chairman for the Maritime Tactical Operations Group (MTOG), which is comprised of over 20 Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.

His military experience spans fifteen years, serving as a Scout Sniper in both the United States Marine Corps and the Army National Guard.

Mel has served as a Police Officer for the Natural Resources Police and the Harve de Grace Police Department.

Kenny Porter

Kenny is a retired 20-year veteran of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office. He was awarded the agencies highest award the “Sheriff's Office Medal of Honor”. He is a certified Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor and a graduate of the Howard County Police Department SWAT School. Additionally, he has trained Officers and Recruits in active shooter and officer survival scenarios for over a decade.

Concurrently, Kenny has served 20 years in an Infantry Unit for the Maryland Army National Guard. He is a highly decorated combat veteran with multiple deployments since 9/11 to OCONUS/CONUS.  He is a graduate of the Army Small Arms Readiness Mobilization/Master Marksmanship Instructor Course. He has trained countless soldiers in primary marksmanship during his military career.

Kenny currently continues to serve in the armed protection of others within the security field.