The Rigid Tactical Team

Leon Ellul CEO of Rigid Tactical

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 at Rigid Tactical

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.

Rusty Strickland Business Development Lead at Rigid Tactical

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.

Rusty also holds 15 years experience as a Full Performance Level, F.A.A. Air Traffic Controller certified in both Towers and Level V Radar facilities, and 10 years experience providing direct contracted support to SOF Globally.

Jennifer Bollinger Business Development & Recruiting Manager at Rigid Tactical

Jennifer Bollinger

Human Resources, Recruiting Consultant

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.

Jennifer Bollinger oversees all aspects of Human Resources, while also providing expert recruiting and marketing consultancy to our team at Rigid Tactical.

Bill Bouyoucas

Lead Recruiter

William “Bill” Bouyoucas retired as a Command Sergeant Major, with over 26 years of leadership and management experience.

He held various senior positions within the United States Army, the United States Special Operations Command, and the private sector prior to joining the Rigid Tactical Team.

Bill has an extensive background in strategic and organizational planning, management, recruiting and customer service.

Melanie Schmitz Legal Counsel, Human Resources Assistant at Rigid Tactical

Thank You, Melanie Schmitz

Former Legal Counsel, Human Resources Assistant

Melanie is an honors graduate of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, MO. She brought 7 years of prior experience as an in-house legal counsel for other successful companies.

Melanie joined Rigid Tactical in April 2017 and was responsible for all legal and HR matters relating to the company.

Melanie, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, without which we could not have grown into the successful team that we are today.

-Rigid Tactical Leadership

Rigid Tactical (RT) is a small, agile, and attentive company that takes extremely good care of its people.

We provide 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.