"Protect your buddy, cover your danger areas, eliminate threat targets"
Post Office Box 63
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133
Military units deploying abroad face several challenges in preparing to meet their training requirements. From unfamiliar weapons systems, tactics, techniques and procedures of foreign military organizations to foreign language, cultural and ethnic differences. Mission Support Specialists reduces the learning curve by providing the much-needed support for pre-deployment training in these areas. By recreating the battlefield environment, military units can be better prepared for the challenges they will face and can identify and correct any shortfalls in training before deploying.
Mission Support Specialists Inc. is a Service Disabled Veteran owned small business that has been providing weapons and training support for government contracts since 2009. MSSI has access to one of the largest TV and Movie armories in the world and can provide quantities of threat weapons found throughout the world. We can provide familiarization courses with live fire, disassembly and assembly, as well as rental weapons and battlefield effects for military training exercises.
MSSI employs proven mangers, instructors and staff with the technical and tactical expertise to carry out the most difficult projects. Most of our technical SME’s have over 20 years of military or law enforcement experience and can be your force multiplier for training and operations. Through our strategic alliances, we can task organize a team to any circumstance or requirement. Our systematic and realistic approach is both affordable and can be tailored to meet your needs.
MSSI has successfully supported Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC), U.S. Navy Special Warfare, U.S. Army Brigade Modernization Command and training at the National Training Center Ft Irwin for multiple evolutions and exercises.
MSSI is a fully licensed Federal Firearms Dealer, Type 20-Explosives Manufacturer that provides services in Project Management, Battlefield Effects, Role Players, Medical Effects, Tactical Training and Test and Evaluation services.
Russell L. Cannon, President / Owner
With over 30 years of Military and Special Operations related employment, Russ has continued to develop training that keeps up with the current policies, tactics and geographic areas in which forces are deployed. Recently returned from Afghanistan where he was the Atmospherics Manger/LNO to CJSOTF-A. He has traveled to the United Arab Emirates where he served as the Senior Instructor for the Counter-Assault Team training program, VIP Protection, Swat Operations and Sniper Operations for the UAE Royal Guard. Russ also served as the Deputy Director of Operations for the Security Management Center, DynCorp-Iraq in 2004, with oversight primarily in Training, Physical Security, Communications Operations and Quality Assurance evaluations of PSD teams and Site security for DynCorp locations and clients. His 20 year military experience included tours of duty with 2nd and 4th Force Reconnaissance Companies, Deep Recon Platoon 3rd Reconnaissance Bn, 1st Reconnaissance Company. He served in instructor billets with the Amphibious Reconnaissance School and Special Operations Training Group.
Michelle Rae Cannon, Vice President / Owner
Michelle started her career in law enforcement in 1997 as a Police Officer and Dispatcher with the California State University Police Department, Pomona. After spending over a decade in public safety she began a career in film and television and quickly found herself working as stunt performer. Although she has worked in many areas of the entertainment industry, she prefers to work behind the camera as a weapons armorer and police/military technical advisor. In 2006 she began consulting for companies that provide training support for military units before they deploy overseas. Michelle has had the privilege of traveling throughout the United States as a civilian armorer, pyrotechnician (battlefield effects) and site manager supporting Marine Special Operations Command, Naval Special Warfare and United States Army.