Gregory “Cruz” Grutter is a 100% Disabled Veteran, Military Wounded Warrior and Combat Veteran nominated for the Silver Star for Combat Valor, Awarded Bronze Star with Valor and Purple Heart Medal for an operation while assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), along with other prestigious awards.
He is most proud of being a United States Marine Corps Grunt (Infantry), USMC Scout Sniper and Scout Sniper Instructor. Gregory participated in support of Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and other combat operations.
“Cruz,” as he was called by his Afghan fighters, was instrumental in standing up the first operational security detachment in Afghanistan (DISO-A). This unique unit supported covert and overt intelligence gathering operations for the US Military, NATO and Government Intelligence Agencies. He was the Chief of the Security & Protective Services Detail (PSD) on over 1000 missions in two years, protecting intelligence members, flag ranking military officers, high ranking diplomats, and U.S. and Foreign Government Officials.
A highly experienced competitive shooter, master firearms and tactics teacher and lifelong student of the tactical/shooting arts, “Cruz” was the Chief Firearms Instructor at the prestigious Smith & Wesson Academy. He was also a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Air Marshal firearms program (Boston Office) in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. He was medically retired in 2014 from the Federal Air Marshals due to his combat injuries.
An experienced Law Enforcement Officer, “Cruz” worked in Federal Corrections holding positions such as: Lead Academy Instructor, CERT Team Commander, and High-Risk Transport team member. He was a Reserve Police Officer in Charlestown, Rhode Island where he served on the Emergency Services Unit (ESU) Team member, and Police Instructor for firearms and tactics training. He also served as the Lead Firearms Instructor at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy.
“Cruz” brings a solid knowledge base in fighting combat tactics, weapons, Law Enforcement and military skills. But, his passion, which is second to none, is to continue to learn and pass on his knowledge.
Whether it is a legally armed civilian, law enforcement, or in a military context, “Cruz” has the ideal combination of skills and experience to instruct combat shooting, from the very basics to the most advanced skills and techniques.