Armando is a retired combat veteran that served in the United States Army. During his time in the military he did three tours to Iraq, earning two Bronze Stars for valor and a Purple Heart. While in the military, Armando instructed numerous soldiers and units on various types of firearm platforms and military tactics, including both close quarters and long range marksmanship. Armando is the Training Manager here at Athena and a NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, who has qualified as a Distinguished Expert Marksman in multiple disciplines with the NRA and military. In his spare time Armando loves competing in 3-gun and pistol matches.