Founder and President of TYR Group

John Hurth, TYR Groups founder serving with 1st Special Forces Group in Afghanistan 2005.

John Hurth is the founder of TYR Group, a retired Special Forces Soldier and also the author of the bestselling book “Combat Tracking Guide”.

In this position, John Hurth oversees day-to-day operations and works with the TYR Group team to set and implement the organization’s strategic vision. He is responsible for ensuring TYR Groups programs and services continue to have the greatest possible impact on the clients we serve. 

John Hurth’s Military Career:

John Hurth’s US Army military career includes 23 years of active duty service in a variety of Infantry and Special Forces roles. Special Forces is the only DoD organization whose primary mission is to organize, equip, train, advise or direct, and support indigenous military or paramilitary forces in Unconventional Warfare or Foreign Internal Defense activities.

John served with 1st Special Forces Group at Ft. Lewis, WA where he participated in multiple deployments overseas to include two combat tours in support of the Global War On Terror. John also served with the Special Operations Training Detachment at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) in Ft. Polk, LA. During John’s Special Forces career, he served in multiple positions as a Weapons Sergeant, Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant and Operations Sergeant. Prior to joining Special Forces, he served as an Infantry Soldier in multiple Airborne, Light and Mechanized Infantry assignments within the continental U.S. and overseas.

Department of Defense Contractor:

Upon retiring from active duty, John Hurth put his years of Military and tracking experience to use as the program lead and head instructor for the U.S. Army’s Combat Tracker Course at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. He managed and oversaw the conduct and resourcing of the Army’s Combat Tracker Course and instructed many U.S. and Foreign military students in Combat Tracker Techniques.

Later, John would return to Ft. Polk as a DoD contractor to develop complex situational training scenarios for Special Operations units participating in joint training exercises at the JRTC.

Published Work:

John Hurth is an accomplished author who wrote the bestselling book “Combat Tracking Guide” published by Stackpole Books. He has also written articles on Combat and Visual Tracking that were published online and newsstand for SOFREP, ITS Tactical, Soldier Systems, Survival Quarterly, Small Wars Journal and the Center for Army Lessons Learned CIED and Counterinsurgency and Maneuver Forums.


Some of John Hurth’s military training includes:

  • The U.S. Army’s Special Forces Qualification Course
  • U.S. Army Ranger School
  • Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (SF Sniper School)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape High-Risk Level C- Course
  • Combat Tracking Course
  • Philippine Jungle Environmental Survival Training
  • Philippine Scout Ranger Jungle Survival Training
  • Personnel Recovery Training
  • Army Basic Instructor’s Course
  • Infantry Advanced Individual Training