Michael "Mongo" Minotto

TBS CEO | Senior Enlisted Leader | SCPO (EXW/PJ)


Michael Minotto is a tremendously motivated leader and dedicated Expeditionary Warfare Specialist with 10 deployments drawn between the United States Marine Corps as an Infantryman/Scout Sniper and the United States Navy as a Riverine and NSW training Cadre. During the time he spent with Naval Special Warfare, Michael trained countless number of support personnel in combat skills ranging from convoy operations, weapons, land navigation and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). He also conducted force protection assessments for the NSW force during his deployment to Afghanistan, ensuring the great men of the Teams had defense in depth and standoff weapons integration when not out on patrols hunting those that would bring harm to our way of life. During his Riverine time, he was instrumental in offensive operations for the Ground Combat Element as the Patrol Leader and conducted over 430 combat missions over 2 deployments to Iraq, locating enemy and weapons that the insurgency brought to bear. With his experience from the Marine Corps and during his combat operations he is a proven effective and mature leader with a clear understanding of battlefield operations ranging from foreign internal defense training, combat skills, basic and advanced weapons, close quarter battle, convoy operation and small boat operations in a riparian environment. His military career is 25+ years.

His company, Team Before Self, fosters unity - whether it’s a boardroom, a small team in the middle of God’s country, or on a city street protecting the homefront to keep everyone safe. It thrives on motivation – encouraging everyone to rise to the challenges, work through the pain and forge their inner self to never quit, never stop and always raise the bar for teammates to the left and right; remembering that strength is the team and the team is the strength. This unique motivation was instilled in him at a very early age. Growing up, Michael actively participated in football, baseball, wrestling and even boxing where he boxed on the Golden Gloves Team USA against Canada. He worked in Japan for a Sports Agency and was even featured in Newsweek Magazine (Asia Edition). Additionally, Michael serves as a role model for at-risk youth because he did not come from the average childhood. Abandoned by his mother when he was twelve, he grew up in a foster home and knows extensively about overcoming obstacles, perseverance and achieving goals. His testimony, lifestyle & career accomplishments serve as an outstanding example of hope across various audiences.

Accomplishments


“Mongo” Minotto, a weapons instructor since 2003, held positions as Marine Infantryman, and Scout Sniper with multiple combat tours in Iraq & Afghanistan. A highly skilled and dedicated Expeditionary Warfare Specialist, Mongo is seasoned in tactical team movements, weapons employment and integration, CQB (Close Quarter Battle), use of cover, concealment, barriers, and vehicle use in convoy PSD (Personal Security Detail) operations. With strong dexterity in providing dynamic & static instruction, from novice to advanced firearms handling, he covers weapons, combat mindset, self-defense, weapons retention, combat first aid and more.
Mongo possesses sophisticated certifications in the following various expertise:
  • Personal Security Details (Body Guard)
  • National Rifle Association (NRA) Basic Instructor
  • Machine Gun Certified – a rare certification very few civilians possess.
  • CSWI (crew-served weapons instructor)
  • DOJ (Department of Justice) Certified Instructor for Firearms Instructor
  • Active Shooter Threat Instructor from The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)
  • Crew Served Weapons Instructor for Physical Security, Anti-Terrorism (AT) Training
  • ESAMI (Expeditionary Small Arms Instructor) – Dynamic Range RSO (Range Safety Officer) steel ranges, convoy live fire ranges, CQB live fire range, dynamic ranges (move ‘n shoot ranges)
  • Navy Small Arms Marksmanship Instructor (SAMI), responsible for the training of unit-level personnel whom are required to be armed in the performance of their duties regarding the safe handling and employment of pistols, rifles, and shotguns in accordance with OPNAVINST 3591.1 (series)
  • Master Training Specialist (MTS) - the highest-level competency for an instructor (a rare qualification that accompanies unique membership of the elite MTS community) where Mongo adds value to firearms education, curriculum development and training as a strong SME (subject matter expert)
  • Master at Arms, US Navy Riverine
  • Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO), US Navy
  • Blue Belt in BJJ (Brazilian Ju Jitsu)

Rob Mandel

FOUNDER OF HEALTH & WELLNESS TEAM VS. TEAM COMPETITION

My name is Rob Mandel and I served as an Army Artillery Officer for 8 years before getting out in 2018. When I got out, I was excited to fully enjoy the freedoms I had earned but I was surprised to find myself slipping and feeling isolated. I missed the camaraderie and accountability.

After speaking with fellow Veterans, I realized that this was more common than not. I decided to try and find a way for Veterans to connect and again work together towards a common goal.  

The "Team Before Self Competition" is a Team versus Team, holistic health competition designed to be integrated within your busy life. Holistic health? You mean like spirit crystals and journaling my feelings? Not really.

In our view, holistic health is about STRENGTH. STRENGTH of mind, STRENGTH of body, STRENGTH of relationships and STRENGTH of purpose.

When we served, we pushed one another. We pushed the limits of what we thought we were capable of because we were part of a team, and losing wasn’t an option.

Losing is still not an option. Your families, your communities and your country need your strength and your leadership. Your service is not over. Get your team together.

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