We’re proud to announce that James Gilliland has joined our team. Here, he will serve as Director of Special Projects. Jims primary responsibilities will include interfacing with new and existing manufacturing partners to bring new and innovative products to market utilizing both the A-TACS AU and A-TACS FG Camo patterns. Additionally, Jim will assist with Marketing and promotional content creation and also with the development of specialized media projects. Jim will also coordinate with various Government Agencies with respect to utilizing the A-TACS Camo platform.
Jim brings over 15 years of practical military experience to the A-TACS Camo team. He Joined the Army in 1996 where he served in the 3rd Batallion of the 75th Ranger Regiment as an Indirect Fire Infantryman (Mortar Gunner), Forward Observer, Sniper, Spotter, RTO, Team Leader, and a Squad Leader. He later deployed twice to Afghanistan with C company 3/75 as a Squad Leader where he participated in the highly televised night combat Airborne Assault in the Helmand providence on 19 Oct 2001.
Jim went on to instruct at the NCO academy for 18 months before being assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division. While there, Jim selected and trained a Sniper Section from scratch in 2004 and deployed for one year as a Sniper Section Leader. Jim’s sniper section was recognized as the best Sniper Section in Iraq in 2005 by the Joint Chief Counter IED Task Force. Jim is accredited with taking a record successful single shot engagement with a 7.62 rifle.
Jim was later assigned as a Ranger Instructor at Mountain Phase of the Army’s Ranger school for three years as both tactics and mountaineering instructor. Following that, Jim returned to the 3rd ID and completed his second tour in Iraq as a Platoon Sergeant leading a quick Reaction Force and counter IED/Post blast section Leader finishing his time in the 3d ID as a First Sergeant.
Jim was assigned to Fort Benning in the summer of 2011 to serve in the Soldier Requirement Division, Small Arms Branch as the Senior Enlisted Adviser and Branch NCOIC. In this role Jim was directly involved in the selection, refinement and development of all future Army small arms. Jim is currently assigned to Cco 2-29 IN as the Rifle Marksmanship Proponent where he is tasked with the update and rewrite of the Rifle Marksmanship Manual.
Jim also founded and runs Shadow 6 Consulting. Through Shadow 6, he focuses on individual and group firearms training with emphasis on Weapons Handling, Marksmanship Training, Tactical Maneuver scenarios, Home Defense Training, Equipment Selection and Use, and Industry Consulting. Jim can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.