Breaching the Barricade Conference
Imagine being surrounded for two days by hundreds of civilians who deeply care about you as a law enforcement family. At every turn you’re greeted, thanked and honored for your service and sacrifice. Imagine a conference hearing from world class warriors who have seen the dark side of humanity, have suffered loss, yet through it all will share things that will greatly benefit you and your spouse!
Imagine a family event the next day that includes numerous children’s bounce houses and slides, crafts, go-carts, BB gun and fishing competitions, canoeing … rifles, pistols, cannons, machine guns and skeet with all ammo provided at no cost … An Individual Shooting and 3 Man Team Competition … Knife throwing, tomahawk throwing, battle axe throwing, spear throwing, an archery range, and obstacle course with an Ultimate Warrior Competition … a drive by shooting competition (airsoft), off road adventures in hummers and jeeps, helicopter rides and all the food you can eat.
“I’m sure,” the skeptical cop in you, says, “NO ONE does anything like that for nothing … They’re up to something.”
Be wrong for once and pleasantly surprised!
Welcome to Indiana where Governor’s Eric Holcomb and Mike Pence have issued proclamations for the past 6 years designating it Peace Officer’s Appreciation Week in the State. Welcome to the Elkhart, Indiana area, home of the 2019 Breaching the Barricade Law Enforcement Conference and the 25th Annual Officer Appreciation Day … a tremendous time of refreshment and encouragement for all active duty law enforcement officers and their families!
Friday, October 18, 2019, The 2019 Breaching the Barricade Conference features
Kris “Tanto” Paronto
Kris is a former Army Ranger from the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who was deployed throughout South America, the Middle East, and North Africa. He also worked with the US Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world. Mr. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, September 11, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for over 13 hours. Mr. Paronto’s story is told in the book 13 Hours, written by Mitchell Zuckoff and his five surviving annex security team members.
Chad and Kathy Robichaux
Chad Robichaux is a former New Orleans area law enforcement officer who served his country proudly as a Special Operations Force Recon Marine. He served on a JSOC Task Force on eight deployments to Afghanistan in the War on Terror, and had a successful career as a Pro MMA Champion. Despite those achievements, Chad faced many hardships that eventually left his marriage and family life in shambles. Yet through it all, this dark season led to discoveries that have allowed the Robichaux’s to bring hope to many. Come hear their story and receive strength and guidance to overcome your greatest challenges as a law enforcement couple.
Other speakers to be announced along with special breakout sessions for spouses …
For more information see www.thankyouofficers.wix.com/breachingbarricade
– Jim Bontrager is the senior chaplain with the Elkhart Police Department, former United States Marine, and national board member, Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers – USA