About the Instructors:
Chief Instructor Sylvester (Sly) Pocius
E.A.S.T. Group’s Chief Instructor, Sylvester (Sly) Pocius, is a Retired Marine Corps Staff NCO with operational, strategic, and tactical experience from multiple overseas deployments. Assigned as a Primary Marksmanship and CQB instructor, Sly's responsibilities included Pre-Deployment and In-Theater training of Marine units in the tactical areas of Pistol, Carbine, Shotgun, Precision Rifle, Close Quarter Combat, Mountain and Desert Survival, Rappelling, and Fast Roping.
Sly’s private contracting duties included the Drug Eradication Task Force in Afghanistan and he was responsible for training the Afghan National Police in Weapons Handling, Team Tactics, Building Clearing, and Raid Techniques.
Sly served in a Diplomatic Protection Detail in Iraq, where his primary responsibility was the day-to-day security and monitoring of the movements of US Ambassadors and visiting US Dignitaries. His secondary duties included keeping the security teams proficient in their Weapons Handling Skills, Building Clearing Procedures, and Hostage Rescue Techniques.
Sly is currently Chief of Operations and Chief Instructor at E.A.S.T. Group, a state-of-the-art firearms training facility in central Ohio.
Lead Instructor Jeff Baker
E.A.S.T. Group’s Lead Instructor, Jeff Baker, has been in law enforcement since 1996. During his LE career, Jeff has been a Swift Water Rescue Technician and Instructor, a Field Training Officer, a Boating Education Instructor, a Fitness Tester, and a Lieutenant Field Supervisor. He moved into supervision/management a number of years ago and his current duties include supervising security measures for his department’s headquarters.
Jeff greatly enjoys teaching new and experienced students the importance of obtaining quality training and engaging in consistent and proper practice.
Jeff's current claim to fame is that he owns the rights to the term describing the rapid, defensive movement demonstrated by Sly in all of his trainings, which is affectionately referred to as "The Sly Slide."
Instructor and EMT Jason Bostic
E.A.S.T. Group’s Medical sector is handled by Jason Bostic, who is a 22-year Firefighter/EMT with vast medical experience gleaned from providing both inner-city and rural EMS, trauma care, and rescue task force element.
Jason began his career in 1998 attending OPOTA in Toledo, Ohio, rounded off his public safety coursework in Fire Science and EMS, and he currently works for a fire department in Central Ohio.
Jason is a perpetual student of the trade beginning his firearms training at E.A.S.T. Group several years ago and making the transition from student to instructor in 2020.
In addition to his other duties, Jason handles technology consulting and marketing for the E.A.S.T. Group facility.
About the Venue:
E.A.S.T. (Environmental Assessment and Solutions Training) Group
E.A.S.T. Group was established by a group of professionals with a specific mission in mind: To assist individuals and organizations with the resources needed to map out a realistic training program and provide solutions to operate in today's ever- changing environment.
Our cadre of instructors have the knowledge and experience gained from decades of working within the security realms both here and abroad which allows our students to immerse themselves in real world, up-to-date exercises.
Our training methodology is unique due to our personal experiences which is why our company mantra “Bullets are Inbound” is the basis for all our training. This mindset allows for a vast mixture of “Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures” to tailor a training solution that meets the needs of our clientele.
E.A.S.T. Group's training facility is structured to allow students to engage in realistic training situations based on how our mind and bodies naturally react when put under stress. This awareness training helps to enable armed civilians to use their body's natural responses to their advantage instead of having it be used against them.
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