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Lance Bolinger
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I have been placed in a unique situation where my SWAT Team went through 10 different SWAT Commanders in the ten years I have been on the team. There were a lot of causes behind each one of the changes that I do not want to go into, but what it did was created informal leaders on our team without any rank. One of those informal leaders, was a friend and mentor of mine who spent over 20 years on SWAT. During that time, he led officers by showing them the right way to conduct tactical operations through instruction and demonstration. SWAT Members like this are the backbone of the team, and he had done more to lead the team in the right direction than any of the Commanders.