In 1998, myself and Rus Hart, Major USMC (retd) and owner of Rapid Entry System Corporation, were working on contract for the Department of State’s Anti-terrorism Assistance Program in Baton Rouge, LA. One night, as we were drinking a beer in a tiny jazz bar, Rus suggested that we should combine our efforts in order to host an International Breachers Symposium. The aim of that symposium would be to bring breachers from around the world together in order to make our job description safer and more productive.
The next day we called our good friend Steve Mattoon who, at that time, ran the breaching and tactics program for Hydrocut International. Within five minutes, we agreed to push forward with this venture, hence the creation of the International Breachers Symposium.
TEES, REST Corporation and Hydrocut International agreed to rotate the symposium between the east and west coasts annually. Since its inception, the symposium has been conducted in the following locations:
Las Vegas, NV
Baton Rouge, LA
Tucson, AZ (3 times)
Southaven, MS (2 times)
The structure of the symposium has been time tested and proven to be successful in achieving our key objective of the transfer of productive information via subject matter expert speakers, a mission specific trade show and numerous range demonstrations.
In 2013, the Symposium was restructured and renamed. TEES (Alan Brosnan) and MIL-SWAT Tactical (Steve Mattoon) formed an independent company named International Breachers Group which now hosts this special event.
Steve and I want to personally thank Rus Hart for his innovative thinking, John Gnagey (former Executive Director) and Mark Lomax (current Executive Director) of the NTOA for their support over the years and also the many vendors who have supported us in the professional development and execution of this critically important event.
Lastly, thanks to the thousands of personnel from the United States military and law enforcement communities as well as our fellow professional breachers from approximately 25 countries worldwide, who have and continue to support us year after year. It is “you” the user who is the focus of this special event and we wish you all the very best for continued success as you serve your respective units and countries.
Alan Brosnan | TEES