Rob Kanthak had a varied career in the military which started in 1977 with boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC. There he learned about general orders, rank structure, chain of command, fundamentals of small unit leadership, military history, customs and courtesies, small arms marksmanship, code of conduct, etc. Next was the U. S. Army Military Police Academy, Fort McClellan, AL and then on to the 1st Marine Division as a Military Policeman at Camp Pendleton, CA. “I was immediately assigned to the Fleet Assistance Program at Marine Corps Base, Military Police Battalion, where I worked as a gate sentry/patrolman,” explained Kanthak. “Duties as a military policeman at an installation as large as Camp Pendleton are just like working as a policeman in a metropolitan city.”
In 1981, he was transferred to Marine Corps Development and Education Command in Quantico, VA. There he worked Presidential security details and participated in advanced executive protection, tactical shotgun instructor, and self-defense training with the U.S. Secret Service and the FBI. Then it was onto attending Recruiters’ Course at MCRD in San Diego, CA. “I learned how to sell the Marine Corps, graduated top of class and was awarded choice duty station, so I picked my hometown of Dayton, OH,” said Kanthak. “I served until 1986, creating relationships in the local community and surrounding school districts while recruiting qualified applicants to become Marines.” In 1986, he returned to the Fleet Marine Force, Camp Lejeune, NC to attend the USMC Military Police Academy and as the Base Security Chief for the CG, MCB, and Camp Lejeune.
Kanthak joined Burns International Security as an armed security officer in 1999 and then worked as a Field Service Manager. Today he is a Branch Manager for Securitas USA in Dayton, OH. When asked how his military career helps him today, Kanthak said, “Besides the total security experience and work practices I draw from my military career, the most important thing I rely on daily is taking care of the people I work with and investing the time along the way to listen to them. Honesty!”