Bio and Credentials

 

OAM Founder and Principal John GARTNER is an internationally known and respected security and risk management adviser, with extensive commercial security management experience gained internationally.

 

His commercial security experience complements comprehensive multinational military Special Forces and strategic intelligence service credentials built on service in AUSTRALIA, ASIA and AFRICA.

 

He has served with “Tier 1” Special Forces units in Australia (SAS Regiment), Rhodesia (SAS and Selous Scouts Regiments) and South Africa (Special Forces), before serving in senior training and advisory roles across the Sri Lanka Defence establishment (Army, Police Special Task Force, and Navy) during the decades-long war against the LTTE ("Tamil Tiger") insurgency.

 

His military service commenced with 3 years in the Australian Army. On the successful completion of the Australian SAS Regiment's rigorous selection course, he served with "C" Troop (vehicle mounted long range reconnaissance), 1 SAS Squadron. Following this service, he then relocated to Africa, serving for a further 9 years in the Rhodesian and South African Defence Forces, in front-line combat roles, engaged on counter-insurgency (CI) and counter-terrorism (CT) duties.

 

Leaving the military and his Special Forces role, he then served for 3 years as an intelligence officer with South Africa's National Intelligence Service (NIS), where he was deployed on strategic intelligence gathering operations across southern and central Africa (the "Front Line States").

 

With NIS, he was tasked with assessing political, economic, military, security and social issues, and identifying diverse risk factors impacting the Southern African region during the height of the Cold War, where each of the then-superpowers (USA and USSR) worked to maintain their spheres of influence through an array of regional proxies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After his 12 years of Special Forces and National Intelligence service and activities in Africa, he relocated to South Asia, where he served a further 3 years, delivering in-theatre military training, including front-line advisory duties to, and mentoring of, Sri Lankan Infantry and Special Forces units engaged on CI and CT operations. 

 

On the completion of his 3 years active service in Sri Lanka, he relocated to Europe, based principally in London and Geneva, and served for 6 years as a security and close protection adviser to internationally known, respected and high profile Saudi Arabian diplomat, Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani.

 

After 6 years based in Europe, he relocated to Brunei Darussalam, serving for a further 3 years in a high profile security advisory role, employed by a senior member of the Brunei Royal Family, Prince Jefri Bolkiah and his son, Prince Abdul Hakeem, ultimately serving as Director of Security, before returning to Australia in 1998 and establishing OAM Australia, and then in 1999 establishing OAM Indonesia, based in Jakarta.

 

Since 1998, he has delivered, and continues to deliver, strategic and tactical security consultancy services and risk management support throughout AFRICA (North Africa & the Sahara/Sahel belt, West, Central & East Africa), SOUTH EAST ASIA and the INDOCHINA Peninsula, the MIDDLE EAST (Iraq and Iran), and SOUTH AMERICA, always in high risk and challenging environments.

 

 

 

To support the OAM Principal, OAM consultants bring to their employment strong Special Forces experience and skills, highlighting their ability to work in challenging environments and demonstrate innovative thinking, complemented by their capacity to endure hardship and function effectively over prolonged periods of time.

The OAM Principal and Consultants maintain an unwavering commitment to the strategic (“big picture”) and tactical (“day to day, on the ground”) needs of their Clients. OAM’s raison d’être and operational focus will always be the welfare and safety of every employee of every Client

Russia
Russia

OAM Principal in Moscow meeting with Russian security management teams, Gazprom and Lukoil

Iraq
Iraq

OAM Principal on task at OAM's Iraq HQ, Green Zone, Baghdad

Somalia
Somalia

At Mogadishu airport, following meetings with SNA/Defence leadership

Russia
Russia

OAM Principal in Moscow meeting with Russian security management teams, Gazprom and Lukoil

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DEFENCE SERVICE & NATIONAL SECURITY PROJECTS

Australian SAS Regiment
Australian SAS Regiment

OAM Principal practicing medical evacuation (Medevac) techniques with SAS patrol. The OAM Principal was the patrol signaler, positioned immediately behind the patrol commander. SAS reconnaissance patrols were comprised of 5 men to maintain stealth while still providing sufficient defensive firepower.

Australia and Rhodesia
Australia and Rhodesia

The famous SAS Regiment "Flaming Excalibur" beret badge (also often referred to as the "Winged Dagger"), and its motto of "WHO DARES WINS", awarded only to selection course qualified members of the SAS Regiment. For the OAM Principal, this was awarded twice, through successfully completing rigorous selection courses in both the Australian and the Rhodesian SAS Regiments.

Publications
Publications

The autobiography of the OAM Principal, covering his operational career across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Available internationally on Amazon.com.and warbooks.co.za

Australian SAS Regiment
Australian SAS Regiment

OAM Principal practicing medical evacuation (Medevac) techniques with SAS patrol. The OAM Principal was the patrol signaler, positioned immediately behind the patrol commander. SAS reconnaissance patrols were comprised of 5 men to maintain stealth while still providing sufficient defensive firepower.

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  TESTED AND PROVEN in HIGH RISK ENVIRONMENTS  

The World of the Private Military Company PMC

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