Published on May 16th, 2014 | by ED:105
Accountability In The Loadout Room: Policing Up Our Own
As in any Special Operations community, or small community for that matter, there is always a guy who seems to make it through the cracks and into the organization. Although they may make it into a tight group of individuals, their time within the community is short-lived.
One of the writers of the Loadout Room, Paul Adkins, has seemed to have found his way through the cracks.
The bio of Paul Adkins, former Navy reservist, slowly morphed without us catching it. He claimed to have worked as a SWAT team member, LE sniper, and military sniper, and attended military (Marine) sniper schools; this was all falsified information on his behalf. We apologize for not catching this earlier and we appreciate the guys in our community stepping forward to call bullshit.
Adkins posts have all been deleted and will no longer be associated with the Loadout Room posts.
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Im soo glad you got rid of him. I signed up for livefyre just to comment on a post he put up on gun educates.
My brother brought this blog post to my attention and I feel compelled to respond in regard to Paul Adkins and his history. First, let me introduce myself, my name is Rodney Byers and I am Paul's brother-in-law. He is married to my sister. So, that being said, I have many years of experience with Paul and perhaps I can shed some light on this whole topic.
I'll start at the beginning. When I first met Paul in the late 90's he had just married my sister and I was active duty Navy at the time. He claimed to have been an officer in the Navy Seals and that he had been severely wounded (gunshot wound to the stomach) while he was active and had been discharged because of it. Something at that time also did not ring true with me so I placed some calls to then CMDR Tezza who was with the Seal group stationed with COMPHIBGRU One in Okinawa Japan (I was also stationed there on the Admirals staff in the Intel Dept). Mr. Tezza confirmed that Paul was NOT and never had been a seal. He was actually a Yoeman 3rd class during his Navy hitch. I called him out on it and he apologized to the family for his lie to which my sister forgave and moved on. PART 1 EXPLANATION - SEE PART 2
For those of you who haven't listened to SOFREP radio's most recent podcast, Brandon Webb puts this thing to bed. I'm satisfied now that Paul Adkins doesn't rate anyone following his professional advice.
So Adkins has been debunked, and a kid named DonovanBladeHunt, mysteriously shows up in the Loadoutroom to defend him? A kid with only three posts ever on livefyre? I'm raising the BS flag. Oh BTW I've met Paul in person. He was a friend on FBI, and then mysteriously he "unfriended" me once all of the aforementioned information came out. Personally, I've always been suspicious about him. The recent news on,y tends to confirm those suspicious. As to claiming to be a SEAL? He has made some comments that were borderline, mentioning at one point that he wore a Trident occasionally, and that his dad was a SEAl. He also has a large, and I do mean LARGE, Trident on the rear window of his van.
I wasn't really a fan of his articles but that still sucks.
Hopefully Eric and Nick can pump out some more articles in his place, they're always thought provoking and interesting.
Speaking of the Marine thing- I've been doing some projects in Los Angeles. I rolled up off an off ramp to some dive location in Hathowrne and this guy with a marine hat, gold chain and round tigous medal. SIX American flags on a bright orange motorized scooter blocked my rig at the stoplight and would not let me pass/without running him over. He told me he was a Marine, in Vietnam Nam, and was a door gunner. He was polite, engaging, noticed the gear and guy in the car and asked what branch. One of the guys said AirForce. The Marine asked if he was in Nam and our guy said no and he said " you didn't miss anything". He leaned in the car and said "darlin- can you spare some change?" He had me at darlin. He mention 2 cities that caught my attention-chu li and danang (sp). I looked them up and checked with my sources that were there when the hurts arrived and new the door gunner stories. I think this guy is legit. I am heading back and will check in with Hawthorne PD- I'd love to help this guy if he wants it and is the real deal. The thing is- his tactics were brazen/ he was polite- he was not ashamed. He thanked me.
Damnit why can't I ever run into a fake Marine in person. I keep hearing about them and I could always use an extra sparring session...
I'll never understand that mindset.
@Seabee Patriot I would like some documentation on this. I believe you. I think researchers can back it up on their own. You've provided testimony, now anyone who cares, can get the info. THANK YOU. Also, I pray to God this is your "ex-Brother in Law". Be Safe. J
Flash forward to the early 2000's. Paul was a Sherrif deputy for Yavapai County in AZ and lived in Prescott Valley. He worked the jails and never did patrol. He was fired from the Sherriff department for falsefying documets and a few other things and was put on probation with the courts. He soon moved to Utah afterwards as his career and reputation locally was destroyed. He was NEVER associated with the SWAT team in Flagstaff or anywhere else for that matter.
Matt, your account of meeting Paul Adkins has convinced me that this guy is 100% fake. I hope others can chime in re his Arizona Sheriff's background. As for his Kenpo, looks like he got it from his older brother, who also looks to be a db. But Keating the guy Paul credits for his knife drills is a respected guy, who took his drills heavily from FMA.
As for the Beaumont case, lies in terms of distances mentioned at scene and during the course of investigations, the quality of training in said less lethal weapon--poor training, ramifications of less than min. deployment of weapon, etc., and Clark's description of susp's potential for danger.
BW talks about how Nick Irving discovered Paul was embellishing his sniper qualifications as SWAT sniper and Marine sniper qualified in chat forums, so was this the only reason he was shit-canned? An explanation from Paul himself would shed light here.
If you are his student, I'd find another teacher if I were you. BTW his videos annoyed me to death, as did some of his articles. Kenpo is okay, but it isn't the end all be all. And the knife fighting cheap got old quick. I mean, who the fuck knife fights these days? Really?
You should advise him to write out an explanation of what happened ASAP to explain his side of the story, for example, is his father a former SEAL, was he SWAT, did he attend USMC sniper course. Explain which parts of his bio was hacked and which is legit. That's the most you can do for your teacher right now (if his name is really being dragged in the mud). Unlike all these Johnny Come Latelies, I'll give the benefit of the doubt since I had more interaction with him via the comments in LOR (w/ @Muskrat as well, we were the only ones consistently commenting on his SD articles)
I think Donovan's legitimately trying to defend his sensei's honour here--I'm thinking he's Paul's student. Many of these guys, like Marcus Luttrell's own Sgt. Shelton, mean well and can effectively rationalize these embellishments.
I was suspicious of where he learned his knife techniques from, since they were very familiar and taught in seminars to beginners, the very fact that he dragged out the whole numbered strikes was suspicious, hence my respectful heckling.
Most bright LEOs, both former and active, don't readily offer their resumes online, knowing full well bad guys (especially ones doing hard time and have nothing better to focus on) are also tech savvy. So the fact that Paul didn't delve too much on his time in LE actually alleviated suspicion than added for me.
When did he say he wore a trident occasionally? Here on LOR or in your dealings with him in person or facebook? Did you become suspicious of him after meeting him in person or was that the reason you met him in person?
@JHR Did he look to be homeless? Also check El Segundo and Inglewood PDs.
Check also West LA VA, if by motorized scooter, you mean the Hoveround type transport, there're plenty of them that cruise around the West LA VA compound, like a motorcycle gang. Ask reception.
I remember waiting for my flight, saw a PFC sporting dual cools walking around like a peacock, thought it was odd, was already out, didn't pay much attention. Moments later, a big guy sporting a low reg in civvies, crabbed a handful of his ribbons, wings, dive insignia, rips 'em off. Then tells the young PFC to go to the USO and change over. If only I had my camera, it was classic--with absolutely no fan fair.
Was / is Paul LE and SWAT? I have read every one of his articles but I'm having difficulty now deciphering what was legit and what wasn't.
@DonovanBladeHunt I for one believe he was a Kenpo blackbelter, but his knife stuff was from FMA, although good for basics, he was missing big concepts intrinsic to FMA but not Kenpo. Either way it was good primer, in the end it's movement with said weapon(s) that separate you from the pack.
But I believe he's getting ding'ed for his "accomplishments" not for his Kenpo. Is Paul planning to explain his side or at least apologize?
@JHR - An online search at the AZ courthouse in Yavapai county will show his court info for when he was fired from his law enforcement position. I have contacts in my old battalion that could probably pull up his Navy career stuff as well but anyone with active duty contacts in the Navy can research his military background. This is just another sad chapter in Paul's life and it is very troubling to members of his family. Unfortunately there is not much we have control over and as I said, my sister chooses to believe and stick by him. I pray he would just do the honorable thing and step forward and take responsibility for his actions. He has been on the line of violating the stolen valor act for years. God bless you and the rest of the patriots that sacrificed and lived the life, all are a hero in my book.
Respect - Rodney
In the late 2000's he moved to CA after losing several other jobs (all fired for misconduct or lying) and he always had excuses for how or why it happened. Shortly after I myself deployed to Iraq in 2006-2007 with the Seabee's he started to claim that he re-joined the Navy reserves as a GM. This is true, however over time his "story" morphed into that he was recruited into the SOF/Seals and trained as an elite sniper and that he was deployed overseas in hostile combat areas; all top secret of course. The truth of that is he was deployed as a GM to the AZ/Mexico boarder when Mr. Obama moved troops down there to patrol. He did a few months there, took a lot of "desert" pictures and told my sister that he was in Iraq/Afghan and in combat. He claimed further combat injuries and close calls upon his return home. To my knowledge he was discharged from the Navy reserves a couple of years ago as nothing more than an E5 Gunners Mate.
Dude everything he claimed had to have been BS. Back when I knew him personally I distinctly remember him claiming he was a SEAL and he also claimed he used to be SWAT in Flagstaff, Arizona. Even if something somewhere about him is true, such as SWAT in Flagstaff what does it really matter? He lied about everything else. I don't understand why you are defending this guy so much in here. I actually knew the guy and at one point respected him and I accept the fact that he is a fake and he fooled me once upon a time.
Its like running into a guy that claimed to be Army Special Forces, finding out he was a liar but someone comes to his defense to say "but he was legitimately in the Army, even if he was a just a water purification specialist. So give the guy a break."
Just the fact that YouTube, Facebook and other sites have been completely taken down speaks volumes to me. Brandon mentioned that Paul attempted to apologize so that shows guilt to me. I'm in the business where "you lie, you die." If Paul is / was in the same business, I have a major problem with that. I won't speak for NSW or the military, for that matter, but if you want to advertise your expertise, and be paid for it, you'd better be honest and accurate in everything you do. IMHO...
Approx. 1/7th of all homicides in the US are by knives or sharp objects. It's a damned valid skillset to have for self defense- how to use a sharp object. Just to answer your question on the knife fight ?. On Paul- he has left the building
Bro, his Facebook account was up when this all went down. At that point he unfriended me. Stop trying to defend him. He's a grown man!
But, Donovan, if it was in fact just his facebook account being hacked, why the LOR's mods severity of action here. Are you saying there was no face-to-face to hash out all this misunderstanding on the part of LOR mods? I noticed Paul also got rid of his youtube videos, as well as his Trident Kenpo site via WIX.
Can you offer any insight as to why Paul chose the Trident as his logo? Was his father really a SEAL?
A truly innocent man doesn't let things cool down, he fights for his name. Pres. Barack Obama let's "things cool down" and allows people to forget. See the difference? Silence (if truly maligned) is not the best course of action here.
He made these statements in person on the set of Legit back in November of 2013. A day later I checked with Don Shipley and asked him about his status as a SEAL. Ofcourse, he wasn't.
From what I remember from his bio on the bottom of his articles, he was former LE, but I don't remember him claiming SWAT (but then again SWAT in big depts. aren't the same as say small town SWATs).
So I've always surmised that he was one of 'em LE types that did contract work in Iraq and Afghanistan and also did MA training for units (a bunch of MA instructors do this) like SWAT and SOF.
I don't think Paul ever claimed he was a SEAL or SOF type, at least here on LOR, just that he was an MA guy, who had previous LE background and trained military/LE units in MA (again, a bunch of MA instructors do this).
I figured him doing Jason Bourne articles and gear articles was just a way to get articles flowing in the LOR instead of just letting the crickets chirp. Did anyone here think he was a SEAL?
@Seabee Patriot I am on Good Terms with all Law Enforcement, etc. in AZ. No need to drum anything up. Good job in stepping up. Bummed your sister believes in this guy. If he hurts her, Call me. J
As for his martial arts backgound, 90% of that is based underneath his brother and you can make your own conclusions with that.
I want to apologize to my fellow Vets and all the SOF members here and especially to anyone that was following his articles as he is a complete fraud and pathological liar. My relationship with my sister has suffered tremendously because of him and we are for the most part estranged. As a combat veteran myself I find it disgusting. If you would like further communication with me on this matter you can find me on Facebook under my name or Seabee Patriot. Again, I am embarressed and apauled at the level of dishonesty that Paul has portrayed once again. All this tells me is that he has some serious self esteem issues and needs some professional help. I hope this might clear up some things on this issue.
Bro, I'm not defending the guy (I've been pretty vocal in some of his articles), I'm trying to figure out what exactly happened here, cuz it's not everyday people like Paul Adkins can bamboozle SOF types--either no one bothered to vet him, or he just knew how to compartmentalize his bs.
His LE/SWAT experience matters because that's where he got his foot in the door. So the question of whether he was or not is actually relevant here. I'm asking for more proof here, so we can either exonerate (not very likely now compared to 1 week ago) or put the last nail in the coffin so he can't fool others in the future (which I'm convinced is what we're doing now).
Leaving it open to interpretation just doesn't sit well with me, especially in this case. Granted Paul's little scam is small potatoes when compared to people like Bill Hillar (google him). I just want a full reckoning of Paul, not here to defend him. Leaving it to interpretation is not the best way to handle this.
And with regard to the JPX incident, what lies are you referring to? I'm not familiar with any lies involving that incident.
I believe that Paul said he worked for an SO in Arizona. With regard to my buddy, he may not have heard everything I did. There were several conversations going on at once. When Paul mentioned to me about occasionally wearing a Trident, I believe he was not around. I think we were filling out forms to get paid when he made that statement. I can say this thought, Paul took my buddy around NAB Coronado, and no one said anything to him. This Probably lending credibility to his claims.
Don't get me wrong, man. My point here is that there's the ideal of what policing is, and then there's reality. Integrity is an ideal given the utmost importance, but the work is mired in grey.
Plenty of cops lie, from white lies to criminal lies, and sometime it's not that easy to police. A recent case right in your neck of the woods involving a Jet Pepper gun comes to mind. You worked jails, I'm sure you've seen your share of embellishments.
Now I don't think Paul was a cop at all, and based on his articles he never really showed knowledge of police tactics or laws. I would lump him with people like Joe Teti (Dual Survival), knows enough to get by.
What bothers me though in your personal interactions with Paul, why didn't the ST6 guy call Paul out right then and there? Or at least get him to stretch out the rope further from which to hang him? Did Paul talk to you about which PD he came from?
I'm not talking shit about the LE community, only that the nature of the job lends to rationalizations not normally posed in other lines of work--sorry if you see it that way, but it's a community worth keeping a close eye on, and idealizing it is dangerous, IMHO.
Your statement disheartens me. The LEO community polices its own when it comes to liars. If we find liars within our community, we get rid of them, because they are detrimental to our overall reputation. When I was on the set of Legit up in Santa Clarita, CA, I met Paul. I also met a guy from CAG and Team Six.
We all stood around talking with one another, and I could tell that Paul may have been embellishing some of his stories. The topic of BUD/s came up, and I spoke about how I was in Class 235; however, had dropped out. I also told them about my journey in the Navy, as well as in law enforcement. The former Team Six guy, who I'm still friends with congratulated me on being honest about my experience at BUD/s. Paul on the other hand said some interesting things that would lead people to believe he may have been in the Teams.
When I left Santa Clarita, I contacted Don Shipley via messenger, and asked him about my friend from Team Six, and Paul Adkins. His response was that my friend was legit, and Paul was not.
Nevertheless, the point of this post is that I did not need to embellish my experiences to fit in with the caliber of men, I was talking to on the set. We each have different experiences in life that people in other professions may be interested in hearing. A law enforcement profession can produce a great deal of skills that could be taught to others. Not to mention the ability to enter the private/corporate security world.
Once again, a "former" cop has discredited the police service by being a total douche. Causing people to talk shit about the community as a whole. And that is why I am disheartened.
I share your frustration w/ Paul, he should've just stuck to what he knew. With LE and MA, even if he only did patrol, he could've filled a niche, eventually covering weapons with legal knowledge, like excusable/justified homicide, psychology of violence, the whole spiritual/meditative portion of MA (which a bunch of vets really need), etc. The sky was the limit, had he thought big, classic failure of imagination.
I've found that most guys in SOF or specialized LE appreciate those outside of their communities who take pride in their roles. Brandon has expressed being impressed with the Marine sentry and homicide detectives routinely talk amongst themselves about which patrol dawgs conduct great preliminary investigations.
I think my frustration here is that Paul had a great stage with people who believed in him. I understand that people, cops or otherwise, often embellish to fit in. I personally have no time for that. Especially when I'm paying monthly dues to tune in to SOFREP and LOR.
@1tyme Agreed on the sudden cancelation of all Paul's online profiles, almost like he was given no choice on the matter--take it all down or we'll ding you for fraud. Either way, he lives in Oceanside, which means he'll probably have to move to Missouri now.
As for "you lie, you die" business, there are admittedly tons of cops w/ or w/out military background that tend to fluff their experience, either professionally or just in bars. Same business that encourages fluffing of reports especially uses of force report, tend to foster liars, white lies to the criminal lies.
Not saying all coppers are liars, but it's that type of business, hence the importance of integrity as the ideal. You imagine being a regular patrol cop, going Navy reserve and getting tapped for LOR amongst real hard hitters. I think Paul was just trying to fit in.
With all that said, I'm still curious what his real background in LE as SWAT sniper and Marine sniper trained.
I hear ya, J. The thing is if you know bad guys are drilling or sparring with said weapons, even if you have a gun or two on you 24/7, it behooves you to get familiar with knife fighting, because knife defense is part and parcel. There's so many squib rounds now it's not even funny, your gun will fail should be the mantra, so spend some time with weapons.
If anything at least Paul primed us into looking at weapons--that's never bad, IMHO.
Granted knife duels don't happen as much here in the US, it happens more in the 3rd world. Also most knife attacks happen as ambush.
With that said and in fairness to Paul, those drills do help. You eventually want to up your drills to sparring type scenarios and with items that will leave at the very least bruises from which to learn.
These drills work, two guys with knives or one w/out just doing the defense, the movements work. I've seen videos of prisoners at Chino doing something similar, you can tell they had no MA background, just rehearsing the movements by way of similar drills--so it's valid.
Footwork was lacking in Paul's videos, or at least the stressing of footwork in his teaching. If Donovan continues with Paul as his teacher, at least look into other blade arts--DogBrothers has a big following in SoCal, they might have instructors in Oceanside.
Stabbing a and knife fighting are two different things. If you want to stand toe to toe with someone and fight with a knife, you are not too bright.
Agreed. Attribution is tricky when it comes to the internet, but if you log on to facebook and it doesn't recognize your ISP it sends you an email, and there's a whole process, so a facebook hack is highly unlikely.
I don't know if it's cognitive dissonance on Donovan's part, or Paul's fb was in fact hacked, but I also noticed his youtube account was cleared of all videos.
I'm thinking the mods already posed him an offer he couldn't refuse. With that said though, if he did play the fluff your resume game, my question is did he claim to have gone to Marine sniper course or some civilianized version? Remember that EOD Marine unit not too long ago that got 4 of their own killed, they trained LE folk regularly, maybe it was that type of sniper course.
His company is called Trident Kenpo, from what I understand. He had a few pictures posted of what looked like him behind a sniper rifle with a spotter proned next to him.
I'm out of my lane in regards to whether he was, in fact, NSW or not. I just hope it all works out. If he was compromised then I'm sure LOR mods will make this right; although I have strong feelings that they've already done their investigation because they've addressed it and are letting it go.
@DonovanBladeHunt I trust the editors of this site would not make accusation without solid evidence
Your loyalty is charming, but as a young person , you need to be careful where you put it and check things out yourself.
I hear you, but the Trident isn't really SEAL specific, it's a naval symbol that goes way back. It's not really a red flag.
Remember Paul wasn't accused of impersonating, only embellishing his qualifications--padding his resume. I'm sure he didn't bamboozle the mods here who are SEALs and snipers, into thinking he was a SEAL or a sniper.
He was personally picked to write on LOR for a reason, part of that reason is his proximity to said community (unless he was picked randomly while enjoying a burger at a Burger King in Oceanside).
Knowing full well his audience, why would he impersonate? He didn't (at least not in the articles here), but he is being accused of embellishing his sniper credentials.
So for clarification, did he only embellish his sniper qualifications, or others as well, example was he really a NSW trainer, LE or SWAT? If the mods are outing him, might as well do a complete outing, clarify his LE credentials, SWAT experience, NSW status, even his Kenpo blackbelt,
if LOR/SOFREP fell for Paul's stories, they need to ensure he never tricks anyone again. The whole taking accountability thing is cool and honorable, but this whole incident leaves more questions than answers.
Sorry dude..a guy who is in the Navy reserves that name his company "Trident" kenpo or watever, is definately up 2 no good. He claimed in 1 of his articles he trained Seals..a guy who spend time with seals b4 wont throw the "trident" brand around unless he is a Seal, which he is not. Red flag right there.
@1tyme posted his resume below, here's the highlights:
Currently serving as a member of Command Training Team (CTT) and Mobil Training Team (MTT) Tactics Instructor for Naval Special Warfare SA1 (NSW) and Maritime Expeditionary Security and Boats Squadrons (MSRON) LPO Tactics instructor.
Decorated Police Officer and Military Instructor. Highly motivated, innovative and resourceful individual experienced in development of training programs. 13 years of Security Management/ 7 being in Law Enforcement - 10 years as a Supervisor.
He never claimed in all his articles to be a SEAL, only LE and as a trainer of mil/LE units.
@DonovanBladeHunt so your saying a "group of men " hacked his account and added to his resume ???