NMLEA Instructors


National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy - Instructional Staff


Appicelli, BMCM John, USCGR (Retired)

Mr. Appicelli retired in October 2011 as the Chief of Police at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.  His previous active duty assignments included serving as the Command Master Chief at USCG Sector Detroit as an instructor for Boatswain's Mate A- and Coxswain C-School at USCG Training Center Yorktown, Virginia.  He also served as the Long-term Training Team leader in the Republic of Georgia from October 2000 to September 2003 in support of the USCG / Department of State Border Security and Law Enforcement Initiative.

His port security background includes service as an instructor with the Port Security Unit Training Detachment (PSU TRADET) at Camp Blanding, Florida.  The PSU TRADET prepared USCG port security replacement units for deployment to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm.  His overseas experience includes service in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm as a tactical boat coxswain and in Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy as a member of a shore side Maritime Security (MARSEC) team.

Mr. Appicelli is also a retired Michigan State Police officer and served as a trooper, undercover narcotics officer and patrol supervisor over the course of a twenty-five year career.  His service as a law enforcement officer at both the state and federal level enables him to bring a unique perspective to his teachings.

Bruening, Colonel David, USA Ret.

Col. Bruening completed, in May 2000, a 32-year career in army intelligence.  Drafted in May 1968, he went through basic and advanced training before entering Engineer OCS, where he finished as a distinguished graduate and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Military Intelligence in April 1969.  In the more than thirty years that followed, Colonel Bruening was assigned to successively higher positions of rank and responsibility in the intelligence field.

Duty at posts in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina were combined with overseas tours in Vietnam, Turkey, Belgium and Panama.  Almost a third of his career was spent at Fort Bragg, NC, where he performed intelligence duties while assigned to Army airborne and Special Forces units.  Performing intelligence duties at ranks from Battalion to Army Staff, as well as at the national level and NATO, Colonel Bruening also commanded intelligence units as a Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel.  As a Colonel, he culminated his career as the Defense Attache, U.S. Embassy Panama. Colonel Bruening earned his M.A. in National Security Studies and is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Officers Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.

Clookie, Woodrow F., USCG Ret.

Woodrow Clookie, whose expertise is in counterterrorism and counterintelligence, retired from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) most recently as the NCIS liaison Intelligence Specialist to the National Security Agency and formerly as the NCIS liaison to the U.S. Department of State and its Office of Foreign Missions.  Mr. Clookie served as a member of the Port Security Committee for the National Security Council and a member of the Overflight Security Working Group for the Pentagon’s Overflight Security Committee.

Prior to NCIS, Mr. Clookie served 25 years in the Coast Guard and retired as a Senior Special Agent for Coast Guard Investigative Service.  Mr. Clookie established the first security detail on the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.  He performed extensive port security duties while assigned to shore and afloat units. These varied by geographical area (Hawaii to Maryland) and by mission (national security issues, liaison responsibilities with local, state, and federal authorities). Mr. Clookie also acquired a broad background in maritime drug interdiction.

Mr. Clookie is a two-time recipient of both the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and the Coast Guard Commendation Medal.  He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Law Enforcement and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Cortina Jr., Benedetto

Mr. Cortina has over 17 years of Law Enforcement experience.  His current position is with the Bridgeport CT Police Department.  Promoted in 2000 to detective, he has an extensive background in criminal investigations and intelligence gathering.  He currently holds the position of Team Leader for the Elite Emergency Services Unit and is a member of the Marine Unit, and the Underwater Search and Recovery team.  He has received several instructor certifications from nationally recognized organizations in firearms, less lethal, gas deployment, SWAT tactics, close quarter combat, tactical EMT, water safety, personal watercraft safe boating and ice diving/rescue.   He also serves as the liaison to the FBI, ATF and DEA for tactical operations.

Donaldson, Tim USCG Ret.

Mr. Donaldson has an extensive back ground in small boat operations, seaport security, along with other aspects of Maritime Law Enforcement. Mr. Donaldson has served as training officer for the US Coast Guard's Tactical Law Enforcement Team-North, based in Chesapeake, Virginia. In addition, Mr. Donaldson has served as lead inspector for maritime containerized hazardous materials being transported via the ports of Morehead City, NC; Wilmington, NC and Savannah, GA.


DuPont, Mark R.

With over 30 years of law enforcement, intelligence, operations, prevention planning, response readiness and organizational leadership experience in the port security domain, Mark DuPont brings a wealth of knowledge, demonstrated skill and nationally recognized accomplishments.  Mark's expertise, unique understanding, and federal, state and local initiatives in the maritime homeland security arena prompted his creation of Merrick Maritime Security, Inc. and were the basis for his selection as the National  Director of the Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program established by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA.)

Prior to leading this national initiative and after retiring from the United States Coast Guard, Mark DuPont was the statewide Chief Intelligence and Domestic Security Officer for the state of Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement, the largest agency of its type in the world, with over 700 sworn officers, 500 vessels, and 12 aircraft patrolling, protecting and preventing threats to the nation's largest marine economic environment containing the cruise ship capital of the world, the recreational fishing capital of the world, 14 deep water ports, and 1,200 miles of transnational coast line.  In that position, he has provided essential guidance in the creation and training of Waterborne Response Teams throughout the state's seven Regional Domestic Security Task Forces, a protocol and curriculum that has been adopted nationally by the United States Coast Guard, FEMA and NASBLA.

Additionally, Mr. DuPont led the agency, the state and the nation in developing and implementing a maritime Preventative Radiological & Nuclear Detection (PRND) enterprise model in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.  He remains engaged with FWC as a reservist, assisting in executing the Intelligence Plan that he authored, and in building the "Intelligence Pyramid" for the state and its partners throughout the national law enforcement community.

Prior to his position with the State of Florida, Chief Warrant Officer DuPont helped create, author, develop and enhance port security practices in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  His concept of standardized training and protocols in maritime law enforcement, planning, exercise and emergency response spread from the First Coast Guard District where CWO DuPont was assigned, throughout the country and to Miami where he was later assigned as a Port Security Specialist.  These initiatives became foundational elements of Port Security, in the Commandant's Response Boat Tactics, Techniques and Procedures Manual, and in policies for ship boardings, high value asset escorts, shoreside patrols of critical infrastructure and sea marshalling tactics and procedures.

He has trained thosands of marine units and officers throughout the country in Tactical Boat Operations, High Value Asset Protection, Boarding Procedures, Bomb Awareness, Anti-Terrorism Force Protection, Investigative and Interview Techniques, and Use of Force.  He has trained and counseled hundreds of maritime stakeholders in multi-agency interoperability, intelligence collection, threat mitigation, prevention and preparedness, and response & emergency management, to name but a few of his port security areas of expertise.

Edwards, Dan USCG Ret.

Mr. Edwards is an FBI National Academy graduate, former Special Agent in charge of USCG District 14, Hawaiian Islands, conducted numerous covert narcotic operations, criminal investigation and various protection operations from various dignitaries to the President of the U.S. Mr. Edwards has worked with many Federal, State, and Local agencies and INTERPOL in his over 20 years of federal law enforcement experience. Mr. Edwards instructs various aspects of maritime law enforcement tactics, operational planning, investigations, and emergency maritime critical incident response.

Hopkinson, Andrew C. (Ret.) FSO CSO VSO EMT D

Mr. Hopkinson’s public safety and security career spans over twenty five years and his passion has been protecting innocent life.  A survivor of a near death encounter, 10 miles off the coast of Florida in April of 2002. He has travelled internationally training Law Enforcement and military units. He has provided Tactical Law Enforcement training to hundreds of law Enforcement and USCG personnel nationally and internationally.  He is currently teaching Security and Maritime Counter terrorism in New York City and is a New York State Advanced Marine Law Enforcement instructor where he teaches officers from throughout NYS. He has also developed the current Water Survival program being used semi-annually at the Westchester County police Academy in Hawthorne New York.

A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy’s Global Maritime and Transportation School at Kings Point with over 25 years of Law Enforcement and Security operational experience. Mr. Hopkinson’s passion for public safety began with a career that included over 20 years with the Village of Mamaroneck, NY Police Department, before his retirement in early 2007.  Upon retirement, he was immediately hired as a training consultant for the Town of Rye (NY) Department of Public Safety. His operational experience includes protection details with the United States Secret Service, protecting the POTUS and VPOTUS.

He is a nationally recognized maritime SME, defensive tactics trainer, firearms instructor, active school shooter instructor working for two world renowned law enforcement training companies, Mr. Hopkinson has trained hundreds of law enforcement and military units all over the United States and Canada.

As a supervisor of the Village of Mamaroneck Police Department’s Marine Unit of Bay Constables, he developed a “Maritime Defensive Tactics” program that was taught to numerous police marine units around the nation. He is an FBI-DHS Bomb Making Awareness Instructor, a New York state municipal police academy instructor, a New York State Security Guard Instructor, a New York State Homeland Security Instructor, a certified Tactical EMT and a CPR, AED and First Aid Instructor. Mr. Hopkinson deployed as a private security contractor in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans Louisiana. Mr. Hopkinson is a Federal Bureau of Investigation certified firearms instructor as well as a New York state certified firearms instructor, A New York state certified general topics police instructor and a Monadnock MEB baton instructor. He spent 10 years as a search and rescue underwater crime scene diver & dive team commander.

Mr. Hopkinson has received instruction in responding to terrorist threats and first responder actions at bombing scenes taught by former members of the Israeli Special Forces. He has also attended training on multiple terrorist school siege doctrine taught by westerners who were allowed to investigate the Beslan (Russia) school massacre in 2004. He holds numerous certifications in various law enforcement, rescue and emergency management disciplines. Mr. Hopkinson is a charter member of ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association) and has numerous other industry related affiliations.

Howard, MKCM Jon, USCGR Ret.

During his thirty-year Coast Guard career Master Chief Howard had various training and law enforcement assignments. He served as a Boarding Officer; Unit and Group Training Officer; and regularly conducted engineering and safety training.  Master Chief Howard served three tours of duty in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia developing maritime engineers and Georgian Coast Guard infrastructure. His last CG assignment was with Port Security Unit 301. Since his CG retirement, he has conducted engineering training and evaluation of licensed marine engineers overseas to facilitate IMO certification.

Hunt, Commander Chris, Royal Navy Ret.

Cdr. Hunt, a graduate of the U.K. Naval Academy, had a varied career as a Surface Warfare expert in the British Royal Navy with two Commands Afloat and a range of Senior Staff appointments ashore. Mr. Hunt retired as the Senior Naval Intelligence Officer at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. to work for NASA.  He is fully retired now and  is an instructor of navigation, rules of the road, seamanship and vessel handling as well as operational command and control.

Kester, MSTC Greg B.

Director of Prevention, US Coast Guard Auxiliary

Mr. Kester served in civilian law enforcement as a deputy Sheriff for the Boulder County Colorado Sheriff’s Office for 28 years retiring in 2008.  In addition to his civilian occupation he served 23 years in the United States Coast Guard Reserves.  His assignments there include instructor in LORAN station security, drug interdiction task force at NORAD and with Port Security Unit 303B during Desert Storm.

After 9/11 he became part of the original Sea Marshall teams and later worked with several major Northern California ports to ensure they met the requirements of the new Maritime Transportation Security Act.  He continued to work in the Port Safety and Security area ensuring compliance with both safety and security requirements until his retirement from the Coast Guard Reserves as a Marine Science Technician Chief in October 2010.  Mr. Kester also works with the Coast Guard’s volunteer organization, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, developing and implementing the Auxiliary's participation in programs related to the Coast Guard's legacy Marine Safety, Security and Environmental protection programs.

Klein, Michael J., Esq.
Legal Counsel, NMLEA Advisory Board

Mr. Klein earned a B.A. in Economics from Emory University and a J.D. in law from The American University, Washington College of Law.  Thereafter, he clerked for a federal judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  As a Fulbright Scholar in Geneva, Switzerland, he conducted post-graduate work in International Law & Law of the Sea.  Mr. Klein has practiced law with several international law firms in Europe and in Washington, D.C., handling matters involving International, Transportation and Tax law, including representation of commercial shipping interests and of non-profit organizations.

As Program Director with the International Law Institute, Mr. Klein directed World Bank and USAID legal training for foreign government officials, including law enforcement for the Russian Federation.  He has taught at several law schools, including a course on International Legal & Tax Environment.  Mr. Klein has also served as faculty advisor on seminars in Defense, Intelligence & Diplomacy and has several years of training and experience as a criminal investigator.  He has prosecuted criminal defendants and has extensive practical knowledge of law enforcement and criminal justice, under both domestic as well as international jurisdiction.

Lariccia, Vincent M.

Mr. Lariccia has over 15 years of Military and Law Enforcement experience. His current position is with the Bridgeport Police Department where he is a member of their Marine Unit, Under Water Search and Recovery team and serves as the Sniper Commander for their elite Emergency Services Unit. Mr. Lariccia currently teaches SWAT tactics, firearms, hand to hand combat, water safety and boat / personal watercraft operation. Prior to his police career, Mr. Lariccia obtained the rank of Sergeant in the United Stated Marine Corps. While serving in the Marines he conducted several oversea missions as a Forward Observer attached to the 3rd Marine Division.

Mach, Captain Ray USN Ret.

Captain Mach has served as Salvage Officer and Boat Group Commander aboard USS Seminole (LKA-104); as Officer-in-Charge of YFU-97 at NAD, Earle, New Jersey; as Weapons Officer aboard USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938); as First Lieutenant aboard USS Charleston (LKA-113); as Executive Officer aboard USS Shreveport (LPD-12); as Commanding Officer aboard USS Fairfax County (LST-1193), and as Squadron Commander for Maritime Prepositioning Squadron One (MPS-1).

Captain Mach's tours ashore include two tours at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; the first as an instructor of seamanship and navigation, and later as Personnel and Administration Officer and instructor of management and economics.  Captain Mach's most recent tour was served at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.  While at the War College he held the Richmond Kelly Turner Chair of Amphibious Warfare and was a member of the Joint Military Operations faculty.  Captain Mach is an instructor of navigation, rules of the road, seamanship and vessel handling as well as operational command and control.

Marsters, MKC David USCG Ret.

Mr. Marsters retired from the U.S. Coast guard as a Chief Petty Officer, Engineering. His last tour of duty was with the Coast Guard's International Training Team in Yorktown, Virginia where he was in charge of instructor training.  Mr. Marsters was team leader on numerous deployments to include Republic of Georgia, Benin, Uganda, Haiti, and Panama. Mr. Marsters instructs maritime engineering, emergency outboard repair, maritime law enforcement tactics, and instructor training.

Miller, Tim  USN, MAC (EXW/SW/AW)

Master-At-Arms Chief Petty Officer Miller is both a Sergeant at Longmont Police Department in Colorado and is also a U.S. Navy Reservist.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Florida with a major in Criminal Justice.  His 15 years of civilian law enforcement experience includes Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT), undercover narcotics, major case investigations, firearms instruction, and clandestine lab eradication.

With 6 years of active duty and 5 years of reserves in the U.S. Navy, he was in the first gulf war/Operation Desert Storm and has been mobilized twice to the Fifth Fleet AOR since 2005.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School and served four years aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).  During his first post 9/11 mobilization deployment, he was an Assistant Team Leader for a 12 person Embarked Security Team aboard Military Sealift Command vessels.  The second deployment he served as the Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection(AT/FP) Division Officer for Task Unit Fujairah, UAE and earned his small craft pin while operating fully armed 34 foot SeaArk RHIBs protecting high value assets.


Milstein, Jeffrey J.

As DFO and Special Agent in Charge of Maritime Mr. Milsetin is responsible for any security related incident involving Maritime on behalf of any of our hundreds of US and International Clients throughout the entire US’s 361 Ports on a 24/7/365 day basis.  He is responsible for coordination between 20 office locations inside the US and am required to respond without notice to anywhere inside the US in response and/or disaster recovery.  Jeffrey has been the recipient of many awards & citations, including:

Recipient of the Port Security Directorate token from Rear Admiral Craig E. Bone at USCG Headquarters, Washington DC; Recipient of Global Situational Maritime Security Awareness award at National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair Washington DC; Recipient of USCG Citation for excpetionally meritorious service in support of the Port of New York / New Jersey and Port of Albany Area Maritime Security from the Captain of the Port Robert O'Brien and the Commandant of the USCG Admiral Thad Allen.

Jeffrey regularly speaks at Maritime Security Conferences around the US as an SME on Maritime Security Gaps and harbor operations.   I have also conducted several training sessions and analytical work on Harbor Operations, Maritime Security, Disaster Recovery and Ship Agency for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), United States Coast Guard (USCG), Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Transportation (DOT), NY/NJ Waterfront Commission, NJ Office of Counterterrorism (NJ OCT) as well as for members of Congress and/or their respective committees.

Reese, Mark D.

Mark D. Reese is a retired Sgt from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office in Eugene, Oregon with 20 years of combined patrol, corrections and special operations experience. Mark is the current Law Enforcement Director for the Public Safety Diving Association, PSDA. Mark is also an Instructor Trainer and Evaluator for the International Diving Educators Association, IDEA.  Mark is a multi discipline graduate of the Oregon Police Academy; graduate of the Oregon Sheriff’s Association Command College, National Academy of Police Diving Instructor School. Mark is also a former USMCR Combat Engineer and USAFR Security Forces member. Mark has an AS Degree in Criminal Justice and a BA in Business Management. Mark has been involved in public safety diving and water rescue training regionally and nationally for the past 15 years.

Trapp, Randy, Ret. USCG CWO4

Mr. Trapp Trapp began law enforcement in the United States Coast Guard as a Marine Environmental Pollution/Port Safety Law Enforcement Investigator.  He was then assigned to USCGC CAPE KNOX (WPB 95312) / USCGC CAPE GULL (WPB 95304), Miami Beach, FL, as the First Lieutenant and the senior law enforcement boarding officer.  He was involved in several major narcotic seizures.

Following this, Mr. Trapp conducted Marine Casualty Investigations in Miami.  He became a Special Agent with Coast Guard Investigations in 1979 and conducted internal and external criminal investigations including homicide, rape, fraud, theft, smuggling, intelligence gathering, and undercover narcotics over the next 15 years.  For Protective Service assignments, Mr. Trapp attended Special Weapons and Tactics and Secret Service Executive Protection Training programs and became a Police Combat Instructor.

He holds a Black Belt in Kushinryu Karate and holds designations in weaponry.  He was assigned as Senior Special Agent in Cleveland, OH, where he was a member of the Caribbean Task Force targeting the Jamaican drug possies.  He was named the Outstanding Federal Criminal Investigator by the Navy League.  He concluded his tenure with Coast Guard Investigative Service as Special Agent in Charge New York, NY, where he supervised operations that included a five-ton maritime cocaine seizure, the conviction of "snakeheads" smuggling in excess of 300 Chinese nationals, and protective movement of Sheik Rahman and the initial bombers of the World Trade Center.

Under his supervision, protective services were provided for the Haiti Peace Talks and government witnesses instrumental in the conviction of crime bosses in organized crime.  As a Senior Marine Inspector holding qualifications as Hull Inspector, Mr. Trapp has military and civilian experience in the operation, plan review for new construction, inspection, testing, surveying, and consulting on all types of domestic and foreign flagged vessels from inflatable life rafts to tankers, freight ships, barges, and cruise ships.  His qualifications as a Machinery Inspector allow him to perform inspections on inboard direct, inboard sterndrive, outboard engines for gasoline, diesel and steam propulsion systems.


Van Duzer, Daniel

Mr. Van Duzer graduated from the University of Houston Summa Cum Laude prior to joining the Moran Agency.  The most important elements of his responsibilities include coordination of all ship movements, and schedules, including arrival departure and intra-port movements, bunkering, stores deliveries, government inspections including draft calculations, facility coordination and ordering all pilots, tugs and linemen in several different US ports, coordination and management of all MTSA and ISPS related procedures on behalf of USCG and/or vessel.

Other responsibilities include responding and coordinating as the Agent in charge for matters of USCG of the port orders relative to High Risk Crewmen, Vessels arriving from high risk ports such as Iran / Venezuela, etc.  Agent coordinates all Government clearances (USCG, DHS, CBP, etc.)  Coordination of all USDA and US Public Health documentation with all appropriate branches of DHS.

As Chief of Policy and Planning and a Maritime Special Agent, Mr. Van Duzer is responsible for coordination of MOMPS policy and training programs as well as attending and providing assistance with security related incidents involving Maritime on behalf of US and International clients.  Some of the more important responsibilities include: Preparation and execution of Vessel security assessments and Facility security assessments, subject matter expert Analysis and writing, evaluating and/or updating Vessel and Facility security plans in order to meet MTSA requirements, licensed Company Security Officer (CSO),  Vessel Security Officer (VSO), and Facility Security Officer (FSO).

Daniel's additional job related training and certifications include: Licensed and certified Facility Security Officer, Security Officer, and Company Security Officer by MARAD and DNV, NIMS certified by FEMA, trained in Oil Spill Response Management as a qualified individual with OPA 90 regulations and TWIC holder.

Wells, Robert M.

Founder - National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy

Mr. Wells has served in law enforcement for twenty-three years. A former Special Agent with United States Coast Guard Investigative Service, Mr. Wells served in an undercover capacity in numerous successful drug investigations. He has been involved with protective operations afloat during the 1984 Presidential campaigns, as well as for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England with the Royal Yacht, HMY Britannia.

As a master instructor at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, Mr. Wells taught maritime law enforcement and port security operations. Later assigned to the port security training detachment, Mr. Wells trained Coxswains on the  NAPCO Raiders in Tactical Boat Operations for deployment to Desert Shield/Storm.  In 1993 Mr. Wells joined the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center as a lead instructor in the Physical Techniques Division. While there, he was asked to assist with instruction and course design for the Marine Training Division.

Mr. Wells completed a Coast Guard Reserve tour with the International Training Division where he assisted developing nations (Haiti, Bulgaria, Uganda, and Republic of Georgia) build their Coast Guards and maritime law enforcement divisions. Mr. Wells also instructed for the USCG Training Center’s International Maritime Officers Course (IMOC) which trains officers from around the world in various aspects of the United States Coast Guard's missions.

Mr. Wells founded Wells and Associates, an international law enforcement and security consulting and training company which provides physical, technical and training expertise with an emphasis on the maritime community.  Mr. Wells has provided security training to the British Embassy since 2000.  He is a faculty advisor for the international scholar laureate program on diplomacy, Australia 2008 and China 2009.  He has lectured at the Naval War College on Coast Guard and Port Security operations.  Mr. Wells had consulted for MPRI on Maritime and Police training issues in São Tomé e Principe, and Equatorial Guinea.  The National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy is headquartered in Washington D.C.