Who We Are
Special Operations Veterans & Private Industry Experts
When 1st Veterans Security LLC formed as a private security company, there was not a Tier-1 special operations capable private security element available to the average private client, corporate business, hospital, refinery, or other business owner. On average, the mainstream security industry did NOT offer the professional level of security required to effectively protect clients facing "real-world" threats in private security, executive protection, or high-risk security operations.
1st Veterans Security LLC responded to this void by leveraging its background and experience in U.S. Special Operations to hire former U.S. veterans and retired law enforcement officers to provide professional security services in our areas of operation. It is our mission to employ as many honorable and skilled veterans as possible in the private security space.
When you choose 1st Veterans Security LLC as your security company, you can expect the most experienced, skilled, and professional security officers or Personal Protection Officers (PPOs) available protecting you, your family, or your business.
Bringing Experience Back to Private Security
1st Veterans Security LLC hires former U.S. veterans and retired law enforcement officers to provide professional security services in our areas of operation. It is our mission to employ as many honorable and skilled veterans as possible in the private security space.
The 1st Veterans Security LLC team is comprised of a wide spectrum of U.S. Special Operations veterans who can protect you effectively from any level or type of threat present. It is this multi-decade experience in high-risk protection operations which gives 1st Veterans Security LLC the competitive advantage when compared to our peers in the security space.
Why is prior security experience important when hiring a security company?
Experience and training are essential metrics in the security services industry which separate the novice from the professional security company. Too often, security companies advertise security services which exceed their capabilities.
At 1st Veterans Security LLC, we value the experience of the security officer and hire as many honorable veterans as possible because of their skill set, career, and experience. Even though they are well trained at the point of application, our Director of Operations requires all security officers to screen and train in advanced in-house security schools to further evaluate the security officer candidate prior to hiring.
1st Veterans Security LLC strongly adheres to a strict, mandatory continual training program for all security personnel to remain vigilant and up to date on relevant protection skillsets. We provide the highest quality security officers available who can respond to a variety of threat-profiles because of this rigorous training ethos at the company.
Security Professionals Dedicated to You
Experience and training are essential metrics in the security services industry which separate the novice from the professional security company. Too often, security companies advertise security services which exceed their capabilities. 1st Veterans Security LLC is an experienced security firm which employs seasoned, trained, and licensed security officers. We are here to protect you and we understand how to effectively implement a security plan.
Minimizing Liability to the Client
Today's litigious world is filled with law suits and liability for even the smallest business action. In the security space, it is the responsibility of the security firm to protect the Client from physical threats and legal risks. However, many security firms do not focus on the Client's legal risks or understanding their liability. In reality, it is these everchanging legal risks that could hurt the Client just as much as a physical attacker.
1st Veterans Security LLC understands that liability is a major concern to the Client. We are committed to protecting you and your business from all threats, both physical and legal. Our leadership team, program supervisors, and all security officers are educated and trained in understanding liability and legal risks prior to deploying to the field.
We minimize liability to the Client through:
Maintaining special security company specific insurance.
Maintaining the required security company and guard security licenses.
Continuously educating and training our personnel on the applicable laws and legal risks often seen in court cases or civil suits pertaining to security.
Our company is completely insured in all security operations we conduct.
1st Veterans Security LLC was founded as a joint effort between special operations veterans and civilian business professionals who saw the need for a professional and reliable security element in the private market. Michael "Mike" Honkala; Forrest Hise; Richard Hise.
Mike, Partner and Director of Operations, is a 20-year U.S. veteran of Naval Special Warfare and 12-year veteran of the Private Military Community. He leads all 1st Veterans Security LLC training, field operations, and recruiting for security officer and personal protection officer positions. Mike leverages his career in low-profile, high-risk protection and special operations to provide clients and businesses with the best protection packages available on the private market.
Forrest, Partner and Director of Business Development, is a civilian who comes from the business and energy space. He graduated 4th in his class from LSU with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and 2nd in his business school class with a MBA from Tulane University - A.B. Freeman School of business. Forrest leverages his knowledge of foreign languages and his career in management and capital raising to develop the business opportunities and new client relationships at 1st Veterans Security LLC.
Richard, Partner and Director of Finance, is a civilian who comes from the business and energy space. He is a Professional Petroleum Engineer (P.E.), graduated top of his class with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from LSU, graduated top of his business class from SMU Cox School of Business with a MBA, and has successfully raised capital, drilled wells, and led/operated an upstream energy company for 30+ years. Richard's responsibilities are primarily based in raising capital, business development, and compliance with State, Federal, and International regulations.
At 1st Veterans Security LLC, we aim to employ the maximum number of veterans from special operations, conventional units, the intelligence community, and law enforcement. Our management team is structured to maximize the efficiency of the business for the protection of the client. Forrest and Richard manage the required back office support teams while Mike leads the security operators in the field. When operations are ongoing, our clients can be assured that there are professionals in the field protecting them and professionals in the office monitoring the legal landscape.