North Alabama Security Training Academy, LLC

About N.A.S.T.A 

Chief Barry Pendergraft


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NASTA instructors are certified as Level 2 trainers by the ASRB. Whether you need armed certification or unarmed certification, we stand ready to provide some of the best quality training in the State of Alabama.

Chief Barry Pendergraft – Director of Training

Chief Pendergraft is the current Chief of Police of Gurley Alabama. He retired from the Huntsville Police Department in 2009 where he served as a Lieutenant, a member of the F.B.I. Joint Terrorism Task Force and Homeland Security Liaison. He holds numerous training certifications and has instructed hundreds of police and security personnel.

Ben Jennings - Church Security Trainer

Mr. Jennings is a retired Police Officer for the City of Huntsville. He served as a Task Force Officer and was the first full Crime Prevention Officer in the State of Alabama. He spent much of his career as a Community Relations Officer. He worked closely with churches and civic group across Alabama. He holds many training certifications and has conducted numerous training sessions.

Patrick Rhyan – Training Coordinator

Mr. Rhyan is retired from the U.S. Air Force. He served as a Deputy Sheriff at the Hillsboro County Sheriff’s Office, a police officer in Walden Tennessee and a Sergeant for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Nuclear Aggressor Team. He hold numerous training certifications and has trained security officers to repel attacks at nuclear facilities.