Standing side by side, they fought, and today, they stand, protecting individuals and assets around the globe.
Iron Protection Group (IPG) is a Colorado-based security company providing advanced security analysis, training, classes, and operations for clients across the Front Range, Colorado, and the globe.
“We’re here to provide a safe asset so they (clients) can maintain their day-to-day,” said United States Marine Corps veteran and IPG Chief Operating Officer, Hunter Garth.
In summer, 2013, Garth, along with his fellow platoon mates and veterans, James Swensen and Cory Aguillard, and the director of training, Micah Faustin, and CEO Gene Palumbo, came together to form IPG, utilizing their specific and rare skill sets to protect and provide clients with the knowledge and skills to help defend themselves and their assets.
“IPG is a core group of marines taking their specific expertise to help train security organizations and help keep people and individuals safe,” Palumbo said.
While on duty overseas, Garth, Swensen and Aguillard, members of the Marine Corps’s Weapons Company 19, Mobile Assault Platoons 1 and 2, spent time developing an idea for IPG that utilized their skill sets to protect civilian citizens and organizations in the U.S.
“I want to take the eight years of knowledge I have and apply it to help people who don’t have that skill set,” Aguillard said.
Through IPG, clients and individuals have the opportunity to learn about high caliber firearm manipulation, home defense, behavioral analysis, concealed carry weapons training, asset protection and other advanced security tactics.
Specializing in high-threat situations, the men at IPG offer discrete and professional training for numerous sectors including security personnel, schools, churches, event centers, malls, orphanages, corporations and small businesses. When contracted, the organization works with each client to dictate a plan, specific to the situation, to determine what actions need to be taken to ensure the client’s goal is met.
“We truly are providing an umbrella of protection, encompassing anything that keeps people safe,” Garth said.
Locally, the organization has provided security analysis and updates for a large Lakewood church, and provided protection for a Denver restaurant executive and other local dignitaries. Abroad, these men have developed tactics providing protection for a Haitian orphanage, Honduran logging company and a Rwandan, Doctors without Borders site.
At the heart of IPG is a passion for protecting and serving the citizens and organizations of the community, while sharing the knowledge they gained through their service and extending the bonds they created to other veterans by doing what they love.
“We learned that we can’t live without each other as veterans, and we want to do what we love and protect people we love,” Garth said. “We went through these extreme environments and came out with this (skill set) and it’s immoral to not share that.”
For more information on Iron Protection Group or to contract their services, visit ironprotectiongroup.org/home.html