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Van Ritch

Van Ritch served 22 years in the U.S. Army, where he developed its SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) school. After his army career, he began training law enforcement officers at the North Carolina Justice Academy. While observing federal, state and local law enforcement agencies struggle with the hunt for Eric Rudolph, the prime suspect in the 1996 Olympics bombing in Atlanta, Ritch determined that successfully operating in rural areas needed to be a training priority.