Chris “VAL” Valenzuela is the founder of and current Lead instructor of Spent Brass Training Solutions, LLC. Chris is currently a NAEMT Affiliate Faculty member, Course coordinator and Instructor for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technician’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care series of programs in California. As a former High Threat Security Contractor for an exceedingly reputable Private Security Company in Iraq, he has provided Close Protection (CP) as a Personal Security Detail (PSD) member, and team medic. Chris was the Lead Tactics and Weapons instructor to not only other PSD teammates and teams, but to Expats and Third Country Nationals of the host country’s nation as well.  A combat veteran with the U.S. Army Infantry (1st AD & 3rd ID), Chris served 5 and half years with multiple combat and NATO tours to include Macedonia, Kosovo and Iraq. Chris also has time spent as a civilian military weapons and tactics instructor for Federal, State, Local and Private entities. Chris Holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Security and Management from the University of Phoenix.  


Chris’s firearms certifications include:

  • National Rifle Association (NRA) Law Enforcement Handgun & Shotgun

  • Department of State Basic Field Firearms Officers Course (BFFOC)

  • United States Navy Small Arms Marksmanship Instructor (SAMI)

  • Suarez Combat Arms Instructor School


Chris’s other certifications include:

  • Department of State for World Wide Personal Protective Services(WWPPS)Advanced

  • Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)

  • US Army Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)

  • NAEMT Affiliate Faculty – Tactical Combat Casualty Care

  • NAEMT TCCC/TECC – Instructor

  • Combat Life Saver (CLS)

  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)


  • Current Staff Instructor ( Medical & Firearms) for Covered6

  • Current Staff Instructor ( Medical) for Suarez International Inc

  • Current Staff Instructor ( Medical)  for ZERT

  • Current Contracted Instructor ( Medical) for Phokus Research Group