Reid Henrichs Biography
Reid Henrichs, president of Valor Ridge, is a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He served as an 0351 anti-tank assaultman and was assault section leader with weapons platoon, Fox company, 2nd battalion 3rd Marine infantry regiment. Reid also served with Marine Corps Security Forces Company at King’s Bay Naval Submarine Base securing special weapons assets for the US Navy. Reid achieved an instructor rating in the Marine Corps Martial Arts program, and was a Designated Marksman Instructor on the M-14 designated marksman rifle. He attained an expert rating in both pistol (2nd award) and rifle (4th award). He received an honorable discharge with the rank of Sergeant.
His experience also includes law enforcement, focused in patrol and undercover operations. While attending the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois, he attained expert pistol rating and later achieved Pistol Master at his department. Reid was one of 100 officers out of 1000 applicants chosen for Task Force Illinois sent to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina in August/September 2005.
In 2010 he earned his Master of Science in History from Illinois State University. He taught public high school from 2010-2013 and received The Teacher of the Year award in 2012 at Houston County High School in Tennessee. Reid was also an adjunct professor for Nashville State Community college where he taught courses in American history.
In 2013, he served as Director of Training at a commercial firearms training company in Tennessee where he helped develop, revise, and instruct courses in pistol, rifle, shotgun, precision rifle, force on force scenarios, direct action, sniper, close quarters battle, tactical medicine, and small unit tactics.
In 2015, on a moral, philosophical, and ethical level, Reid was called to start his own company, Valor Ridge. His vision for Valor Ridge is to provide practical, life-saving training for students in an environment that is professional, encouraging, and full of fellowship. Valor Ridge fuses proven fundamentals, knowledge, and lessons from the past with the modern day.
Reid is certified to teach firearms by the National Rifle Association, the US Marine Corps, and the state of Tennessee. Reid has trained with Tom Givens of Rangemaster, Bill Rogers of Rogers Shooting School (Advanced Rating in both Pistol and Rifle) Paul Howe of CSAT, Craig Douglas of Shivworks, Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch, Jim Fuller of Rifle Dynamics, Kyle Armstrong of Special Response Training, "Super" Dave Harrington, Dave Whitrock, Sonny Puzikas, Paul Gomez, Center-T Russian Defense, Teluric Group, and the National Rifle Association. His combatives training includes the Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Program as well as sessions with Josh Long of Spartan Training, Aaron Little of Performance Edge, and Brian Hill of The Complete Combatant. Reid is a lifetime member of both the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners of America.
During his years as a professional firearms instructor, Reid has taught thousands of students. He has trained beginners who have never fired a gun as well as experienced professionals who protect this nation every day serving in law enforcement and the US Armed Forces. All are treated with the same attention regardless of experience.
"A gun owner and armed citizen are not the same. After training at Valor Ridge, you will know the difference. See you on the Ridge." --Reid