Master Sergeant Marc-Anthony Carmona
City of Statesville Police Department, North Carolina
Current Team NC Matrix
Jersey # 98
Current Gear Setup
Virtue Vio Mask
Virtue IR Hopper with Speed Feed
Dye M2 or Empire Axe - Freak Barrel Kit
Virtue Strapless Pod Pack - 4+7
Virtue Breakout - Elbow and Knee Pads
"Being able to grow the sport through having a team has been a great pleasure in my life as well."
On the Job | This issue of the Frontline puts the spotlight on Master Sergeant Marc-Anthony Carmona, a 13-year veteran of the Statesville, North Carolina Police Department who also served for the City of Henderson. In his time with the Statesville Police Department, he has had the opportunity to server his community as a K9 officer for eight years, a SWAT officer for 13 (seven of those spent as a sniper), and the last four yeas as a Master Sergeant on Patrol.
MSgt. Carmona attributes his becoming a police officer to his older brother. Growing up, his brother was going through training to become a police officer in California. When he would come home after classes, Marc would find his brother's issued PR24 baton and pretend he was playing cops and robbers. This led Marc to want to either join the military or become a law enforcement officer. Due to a disability (being blind in his right eye from an accident), Marc would discover that the military was no longer an option for him. His educational pursuits ended up earning him a scholarship through the North Carolina Justice Academy.
One of the standout memories of Marc's career so far has been his first K9 apprehension. After being on a short track with his K9, it was a great sense of accomplishment for Marc to be able to put his longs hours of handler/K9 training and skills to work toward a successful outcome. Another accomplishment for Marc was obtaining his Advanced Certification in Law Enforcement early on in his career. One way that paintball has benefited MSgt. Carmona in his career is that paintball keeps him in shape and keeps his skills sharp. The fast-paced movements of speedball and thinking on the move have helped hone his skills as a SWAT officer and on patrol.
On the Field | MSgt. Carmona began playing tournament speedball about two and a half years ago. He has played for Gridlock Kids, Gridlock Dads, Gridlock Guardians, and currently wears #98 on NC Matrix. Marc's favorite field to play at is PBC Paintball Park Greensboro in North Carolina. One of his favorite memories playing so far was being able to play with his two sons (14 and 16 years old) and take the podium in the individual tournaments in the CFOA (Carolina Field Owners Association) and place 4th out of 20+ teams for the season.
One accomplishment for Marc was NC Matrix playing their first season in the CFOA in 2020, and their Division 6 team, Matrix Charlie, holding first place in several events and overall ranking third for the whole season in their division. For Marc, paintball and being a police officer go hand-in-hand. With his experience and training obtained from being a SWAT officer, some if not most of the tactics and movements have translated into paintball. "I feel my experiences as a police officer and a supervisor has made me a better coach on and off the paintball field as well as a leader my team looks up to."
Strictly Personal | Marc is the co-founder, co-owner, coach, and plays for NC Matrix. For him, the best part of playing paintball is being able to enjoy the sport with his two sons. "Being able to grow the sport through having a team has been a great pleasure in my life as well." Besides paintball and work, Marc also enjoys ATV and dirtbike riding with his family as well as online gaming on PlayStation.