Bernardo is a warrior who serves others in ways that only a true warrior can. His heart for making the world a safer place by helping good people to be more dangerous is exactly what got my attention in the first place.

With over 15 years of operational experience, Bernardo is a subject matter expert (SME) in the field of Counter-Terrorism (CT) and security best practices. His expertise covers high-risk police tactics, special operations (SOF), dignitary protection (CP) and close-quarters battle (CQB).

Bernardo recently retired from active duty in a Special Operations Unit of the Border Patrol, focusing on direct action and low visibility operations. He has served as a Federal Air Marshal, Personal Bodyguard to the Chief of Staff (IDF), Combat Instructor, and Counter Assault team member to the Israeli Secret Service.

Between direct action missions in the IDF, Border Patrol, aviation security, dignitary protection assignments, and other deployments on behalf of the Israeli Security Establishment, he has hundreds of operational missions in his background.

For more than 10 years Bernardo has been mentoring at-risk youth as the director and founder of the Team of Warriors, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring minorities and at-risk youth, unlocking their leadership potential in preparation for military service.

In 2021 Bernardo joined the Tactical Fitness Team, an Austin, TX-based company, to lead the military, LE training as director of operations. It was truly an honor to speak with him in this podcast, and I believe there’s something for everyone in it to learn!

Protector by nature and by trade
Byron Rodgers

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01:09 – Introduction
08:49 – Highlights of my career
20:46 – Combat operations
35:38 – The urban environment
48:33 – Security consulting
58:40 – You have to be resilient
01:00:09 – There are good and bad people everywhere in every race
01:22:41 – End Credits

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