Who we are

Paladin Defense Services LLC (Paladin DS) is a HubZone Certified and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Paladin is comprised of veterans and professionals that are passionate about providing the best possible support to our clients in the federal government agencies and state and local law enforcement sector. We provide expert services and solutions tailored to meet evolving tactical, operational, and sensitive requirements.

The Paladin DS team has extensive experience on the ground supporting the Department of State, Department of Defense and other government projects. We have worked in over 20 countries spanning multiple continents to provide operational support, specialist capabilities and training services to thousands of personnel across geographically dispersed and remote sites.

Our team of proven problem solvers relies on decades of success operating in complex, hazardous, and ambiguous environments. Our professional cadre have served our nation with distinction at the tactical, operational, and strategic level during unprecedented times in our nation’s history. Unique requirements call for innovative solutions.

Paladin’s core offerings include:

  • Supply of Specialized Equipment
  • OEM Equipment Training and Aftersales Support Services
  • Program Management and Professional Services
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HISTORY

The Company Paladin Defense Services is derived from the Combined Joint Task Force Paladin Afghanistan where many of our company leadership, trainers and subject matter experts served together under their US, Australian, New Zealand and British Forces.

The Combined Joint Task Force Paladin (“CJTF Paladin”) was the International Security Assistance Force command responsible for counter-IED efforts and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) during the Afghanistan War from 2001 – 2013.

CJTF Paladin provided EOD Technicians, counter-IED trainers, intelligence personnel, and forensics labs to the ISAF Regional Commands across Afghanistan.

These same veterans and Paladin DS team members that have served under the CJTF
Paladin have become the forefront experts for counter IED and EOD in research and development, investigative techniques and training in the military, law enforcement and security industries.

Our team of proven problem solvers relies on decades of success operating in complex, hazardous, and ambiguous environments. Our professional cadre have served our nations with distinction at the tactical, operational, and strategic level during unprecedented times in our nation’s history.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Roy C (Chuck) WAGGONER, President/Owner

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Chuck started Paladin to offer training and equipment to Government, Police and corporate customers worldwide. He has over 40 years of experience leading organizations of up to 16,000 people and managing budgets of up to $800 Million Dollars. He Commanded at every level in the US Army up to Colonel, to include leadership roles 75th Ranger Regiment, Delta Force, Infantry Brigade and Eastern Region US Army Cadet Command. He commanded JTF Paladin in Afghanistan for 2 years as the CIED Task Force where he Established and commanded the Combined Exploitation Cell, level 2 labs, and EOD structure in Afghanistan. Other combat tours in Panama, Grenada, and Iraq. He has won over $100 million in contracts over the past 7 years working for a variety of Firms. Current and Certified Program Management Professional (PMP). Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma certified by the US Army Office of Business Transformation. Experience: military training, strategic planning; counter-improvised explosive device (IED) operations and Cyber Security; program management and leader development.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM

Program Managers with minimum 10+ years program management experience and minimum 20+ years operational experience.

Our team has garnered experience through military, government and industry experience including the design, program management and delivery of Specialist and Covert C-IED, Technical Exploitation, CBRN and post blast (Bomb Scene) operations, strategic planning, supply chain management and expeditionary logistics.

PALADIN LOGISTICS TEAM

Over 40 years combined experience in supply chain management, procurement and logistics services including warehousing, material management, export/import, shipping via ocean, air, and ground to high risk and hard to reach places.

The team has extensive experience shipping diplomatic cargo for US Embassies, Department of State and Department of Defense Programs Worldwide.