About Us

Elite Training Organization History

An Elite Training Organization

88 Tactical is an elite training organization focused on helping individuals, families, emergency services workers, and military members develop the confidence and ability to deal with any situation or crisis. We recognize that the first person capable of acting is the true “first responder,” and having a prepared and willing population is one of the bedrocks of our great nation. Because of this, 88 Tactical offers an unrivaled broad range of instruction in firearms, self-defense, anti-bullying, self-rescue, field medicine, bushcraft and survival, and other tactical disciplines.

Our instructor cadre is a highly credentialed and heavily vetted group of professionals from the special operations military, law enforcement, fire and rescue, and civilian training sectors who have dedicated their lives to serving, and more importantly, preparing the public and others to prevail.

In Nebraska Police Code, “Signal 88” means “Situation Secure.”

Company History

In 2003 Shea Degan created one of the most modern and fastest-growing security franchises in the United States. In recognition of the State of Nebraska LE code for “Situation Secure” he called this new company SIGNAL 88. During this process, he identified a need to provide law enforcement, military, and the civilian community with diversified, tactical instruction that would keep their “Situation Secure” in the face of a changing and uncertain future.

Shea channeled this demand into a new venture, branching off from Signal 88 and once again referencing the Police Code by utilizing the “88” nomenclature in the name of the new company, calling it 88 Tactical.

As Shea’s newly founded company grew, he recruited his long-time friend Trevor Thrasher, a tenured law enforcement officer and combat veteran Army Green Beret.

Degan and Thrasher developed a unique curriculum based on their concept of Reality Behavior-Based Conditioning©. In 2012 David Henson joined the partnership to fulfill the growing responsibilities in logistics, finance, and administration. Together, they plan to expand the 88 Tactical Elite Training Organization concept throughout the United States and abroad.

Our Mission

To change the paradigm of tactical training through Reality Behavior-Based Conditioning©. Employing adrenalized scenarios, and emotionally activated applications, participants learn the skills necessary to overcome any situation. We are committed to teaching all students how to respond when the moment of truth arrives.

Schedule a Tour

Our Range & Readiness Center is open to the public! Anyone can stop in and use our facility according to our regular rates, or join today with a membership starting as low as $30 a month.

  • My favorite class is the primal defense class because I see the greatest amount of change in the students in the shortest amount of time. Intermediate and advanced carbine courses would be a close second because they are physically and mentally challenging.  My favorite every day piece of equipment is my Eidolon holster for my Glock pistol. It combines good retention, fast draws, and excellent concealment.

    Trevor Thrasher
    Trevor Thrasher Senior Instructor
  • One of my favorite classes to teach is the Basic Survival Skills. For most folks it is an empowering outing that is challenging, but still executed in a controlled environment. I really enjoy seeing the look of accomplishment come across someone’s face when they build their first fire on their own. I also like to see the mixed classes of males and females. The Woods does not care who you are, it is gender neutral. You either succeed or fail. It is my job to see you don't do the latter.

    Terry Barney
    Terry Barney Senior Instructor

Start typing and press Enter to search