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Jobs: Executive Protection Specialists, California And North Carolina

     Here are a couple of opportunities available to guys living in these US states.  I am not the POC or recruiter for these jobs, and please follow the links below in order to apply. By the way, there are two separate job posts below-one for Union Bank and the other for Bank of America. Good luck. –Matt


Union Bank

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 At Union Bank, our people are our greatest asset. We are one of the largest banks in California with a longstanding reputation for professional training and career development. In addition to investing in our employees, Union Bank has established a generous community reinvestment program that works to uplift communities and watch them grow. We invest in a diverse workforce as our employees come from many different backgrounds, bringing with them different experiences and perspectives.

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Fish And Game: Coyotes In The News

   Coyotes in the news these days.  Governor Rick Perry of Texas shot a coyote with a laser sighted .380 revolver, and I thought that was interesting.  No idea who the manufacturer of the pistol was.

   As to the North Carolina coyote population explosion, I am sure they will be able to deal with the problem as soon as they implement a comprehensive plan.  There are plenty of folks in NC that could handle the job of hunting the population down a little.

   My experience with coyotes is that they are very timid out west.  They are hard to stalk, and usually run on any sign of human or smell of human. Some times you might come across some coyote that are not like that, but most seem to be pretty skittish. –Matt


North Carolina struggles with its wily coyotes

Apr. 29, 2010


McClatchy Newspapers

The coyote, enduring symbol of the untamed West and scourge to ranchers and roadrunners alike, has crept on to the silhouetted landscape of urban North Carolina.

On to those dusty streets, heroes have stepped – hardened men, their coffee spoons jingling, aiming to teach these critters that there is law in these parts.

Yes, it’s a legislative study committee.

In recent months, coyotes have been spotted trotting across the runway at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and in Durham backyards. But call county animal control or state wildlife officials, and the best they can usually do is provide the name and number of a trapper for hire.

So the N.C. House of Representatives, led by Speaker Joe Hackney, bespectacled Chapel Hill lawyer and Chatham County cattle farmer, has cowboyed up.

Hackney gathered a posse of a half-dozen House members to the Select Committee on Coyote Nuisance Removal. They rustled up legislation this week that, even if it passes, won’t live up to the word “removal” in the committee’s name.

You see, there are 50,000 coyotes in North Carolina, according to the Wildlife Resources Commission. They’re in every county. State biologists put a GPS tracking collar on one in Tyrrell County, near the coast, and it walked 220 miles in 30 days.

“It’s not a matter of just standing up and saying let’s get rid of ’em,” said state Rep. Arthur Williams, who chaired the committee. “We’re going to have to live with ’em.”

Coyotes are clever. Wily even. When they settle down near people, they get used to being around humans, said state biologist Jon Shaw, whose territory stretches from Moore County to Mecklenburg County.

The committee’s bill would let landowners who raise animals apply to the state for a permit to use a neck, or collar, snare. It’s a flexible cable with a loop and a locking device that tightens around the coyote as it passes through to reach the bait.

The contraption is a role reversal from a whole peck of cartoon devices used by, not on, a coyote. Another device the committee heard about, deserving of having a large “ACME” logo, is the M-44 ejector. When the coyote bites the bait, the device fires sodium cyanide into the animal’s mouth. The varmint falls unconscious and dies within minutes.

What about shooting them?

“Yeah, you can shoot ’em,” Williams said. “They’re not animals. They’re predators.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry this week recollected shooting a coyote with his laser-sighted .380-caliber pistol near his home in Austin a few weeks back.

“He became mulch,” Perry told The Associated Press.

For the firearms-averse, North Carolina state biologist Colleen Olfenbuttel told the committee that guard animals can scare off coyotes, but she mentioned more than guard dogs, according to the minutes of the meeting: “Llamas and donkeys have been effective.”

As in the days of swinging saloon doors, the orneriest will survive.

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Texas gov. shoots, kills ‘wily’ coyote during jog

April 29, 2010


AUSTIN, Texas — Pistol-packing Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a message for wily coyotes out there: Don’t mess with my dog.

Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy during a February run near Austin.

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Aviation: Planned Sale Of Xe’s Aviation Worldwide Services Likely To Mean Loss Of Jobs In N.C.

   This sucks for the families who will be impacted negatively by this sale in North Carolina. Hopefully they can get something else going. –Matt


Planned sale of Xe company likely to mean loss of jobs in N.C.

By Jeff Hampton

April 4, 2010

Currituck and Camden counties, already struggling with high unemployment, could lose 240 more jobs after the sale of an aviation company operated by a private military company.

AAR Corp. announced last week plans to buy Aviation Worldwide Services for $200 million from Xe Services LLC, the company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide.

AWS operates a fleet of 58 customized aircraft, including fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters. Of the 540 employees working for AWS, 240 are based at the Moyock complex known as the U.S. Training Center, AAR spokesman Chris Mason said.

Eventually, employees and aircraft based in Moyock would be relocated, Mason said. According to tax records, Presidential Airways, a subsidiary of AWS, keeps just one aircraft at the training complex and one at the Elizabeth City airport.

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Training: Tigerswan Inc. Plans Shooting Ranges

   This is great news if they can get this going.  That would be awesome to see these guys expand their training facilities so they can offer more classes.  Although I wouldn’t mind seeing them put up a facility out west. I realize thought that it pays to be near the action.

   Also, I don’t work for these guys or instruct for them, and this article is totally being posted for information’s sake. I promote all sorts of training companies. I like it all. –Matt


Tigerswan Inc. plans shooting ranges

By Francis X. Gilpin

Fri Dec 04, 2009

An Apex-based military training contractor plans five shooting ranges on 50 acres of rural Cumberland County farmland. Some neighborhood landowners have expressed concern about the proximity to their property.

The bullets could start flying as soon as next month, TigerSwan Inc. President Brian J. Searcy told Cedar Creek area landowners this week.

The proposed site is part of an 1,800-acre agricultural spread that Southern Produce Distributors Inc. nearly sold two years ago for more than $5 million to the military contractor formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide.

The sale was derailed after Moyock-based Blackwater, now called Xe Services LLC, came under criticism for defense-related work in Iraq and Afghanistan, TigerSwan Chief Executive James P. Reese told the property owners.

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Industry News: Presidential Airways Helicopter Crashes, Pilot Killed and Student Injured

   My heart goes out to the families, and to Xe.  This kind of news always sucks and Xe’s Little Bird pilots are awesome guys. –Matt


Helicopter crash at former Blackwater site kills pilot



A fast, light “Little Bird” helicopter crashed Tuesday at the U.S. Training Center, formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, killing the pilot and injuring a student.

An instructor pilot and the student were flying the Hughes 369-F on a training run at about 1:50 p.m. when the helicopter skid caught on an object and the aircraft flipped over, said Kathleen Bergen, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman.

It’s the first fatal accident in the 12-year history of the training center, according to Anne Tyrrell, spokeswoman for the military contractor now known as Xe.

The center and company headquarters, set on a rural campus in northeast North Carolina, offer a variety of civilian and military training on weapons, logistics and security.

The pilot was a full-time Xe employee and the student was an independent contractor for the company, she said. No names have been released.

Bergen said the student was walking after the crash and did not appear to be seriously injured. FAA safety inspectors were at the campus in Camden County near Moyock during the accident, she said.

She added that safety inspectors routinely observe flight operations and inspect air fields.

Sandy Casey, Currituck County’s chief deputy, said he responded to the scene quickly but that the FAA already had the area roped off.

“All I could see from where I was were two pieces,” he said. “The tail looked like it was broken off.”

The helicopter belonged to a Xe subsidiary known as Presidential Airways, Tyrrell said. It has a fleet of more than 70 planes and helicopters, with some stationed abroad and at other training facilities, she said.

The aircraft that crashed Tuesday was manufactured in 1984 and powered by an Allison turbo-shaft engine, according to FAA records.

The small, fast aircraft has several variations that are commonly known as Little Birds. A two-person crew in a Little Bird can typically transport two or three troops, along with a variety of automatic weapons and missiles, according to the Federation of American Scientists Web site.

Blackwater Worldwide deployed the Little Birds to Iraq to protect truck convoys and occasionally whisk VIPs to secure locations. Insurgents in Baghdad shot down a Blackwater Little Bird in January 2007, killing four private contractors.

Pilot writer Lauren King contributed to this report.

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Jobs: Executive Protection Specialist 1, North Carolina

Exec Protection Specialist I : 0800040307

Important information on applying for positions

Apply Now. You are encouraged to complete this online application, however if you have difficulty, you should: Email your resume to

In the Subject Line of your email, include “Source = Bank of America Careers” and the specific position number found at the top of the job posting



Position Overview: Provides protective control and accessibility to specific executive floors and ensures a secure environment for executive and senior management, support staff and major customers. Must maintain strict confidentiality of highly sensitive information and work within an environment with minimal supervision. Generates concise and comprehensive reports as required. May require working weekends, holidays and extended shifts. In some cases, may provide timely and professional transportation services. 


Required Skills: Exceptional customer service skills, Ability to work both collaboratively with team members as well as autonomously Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills to interact effectively with Bank management, staff, the public and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Must possess a high degree of discretion, integrity, ethics and instinct. Desired Skills: – Associates Degree in related Field. Law Enforcement/Security experience – a comprehensive knowledge of current security and law enforcement techniques, issues, equipment, procedures and security threats.  

Apply Now For `Exec Protection Specialist I`. If you have any difficulties, refer to the above alternatives.

Location: NC-Charlotte

Job Family: K-Risk Evaluation


Travel: No

Posting Date: Jul 29 2008 03:36 PM

Unposting Date: Aug 12 2008 11:59 PM

Hours Per Week:40.00

Full / Part-time: Fulltime-Regular

Shift: 2nd Shift

Weekly Schedule: M-F 3:00pm – 11:00pm 



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