Our Team

Rigid Tactical (RT) is a small, agile, and attentive company that takes extremely good care of its people. Better benefits than a big company, without the hassle. RT provides the full spectrum of professional training, intelligence and operational support services to defense, federal, and commercial customers, predominantly in the military, homeland security and counter terrorism markets. We are looking for experienced, quality-driven innovators dedicated to generating ethical solutions and eager to work where efficiency and impact converge. You’re not just a number when you come to work with RT, you are a team mate.

Leon Ellul

Owner & CEO

Leon has 30 years of active duty experience within Naval EOD/NSW and more than 10 years of experience directly supporting the Joint Improvised Defeat Organization. Throughout Leon’s career he was deeply involved in WMD and CBRNE programs conducted within the EOD/NSW communities. As a member of the JIEDDO JET, he further refined his operational and tactical expertise, embedded with hundreds of combat patrols in AFG and IZ, and developed a deep understanding of training shortfalls and requirements within the larger DOD community.

Leon is a decorated Navy Veteran with 23 years of active duty service earning numerous awards throughout his career- Navy Commendation medal with “Combat V”, various Navy Achievement awards and a Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM).

Leon retired as a Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician.

Rei Baert

Director of Operations, JET Program Manager

Rei is a decorated US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal veteran with more than 28 years of experience. He brings Rigid Tactical a unique perspective to understanding customer requirements and addresses customer’s most difficult missions with innovative solutions.

Melanie Schmitz

Legal Counsel, Human Resources Assistant

Melanie is an honor graduate of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, MO and brings 7 years of prior experience as an in-house legal counsel. Melanie joined Rigid Tactical in April 2017 and is responsible for all legal and HR matters.

Jennifer Bollinger

Business Development & Recruiting

Jennifer Bollinger provides expert recruiting and marketing consultancy to Rigid Tactical. A 20-year Army Veteran, Jen has worked in Army, Joint military, government and corporate environments, specializing in workforce management, recruiting, and sensitive activities at the TS level

Rusty Strickland

Business Development Lead

Rusty has 30 years combined Active duty and Reserve experience supporting Naval Special Warfare as a U.S. Navy SEAL SOCM. 15 years experience as a Full Performance Level, F.A.A. Air Traffic Controller certified in both Towers and Level V Radar facilities. 10 years experience providing direct Contracted support to SOF around the Globe.