45th Sust. Bde. starts combatives

| March 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Staff Sgt. Corey Baltos
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, is ensuring their Soldiers are meeting standards and the October 2010 deadline to have all Soldiers Level-1 combatives qualified by offering a Level 1 class once a month and a Level 2 class once a quarter.

Combatives is one of the 40 warrior tasks that all Soldiers must be proficient in, regardless of age or rank.

Sgt. Joey Correnti (background) 303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, demonstrates the rear mount on Spc. Joshua Rude, 74th EOD Company, during the final phase of the 45th Sustainment Brigade’s Level 1 combatives class, March 4.Unlike other tasks, combatives is not something that can be initially taught during sergeant’s time training. Combatives is gradually reinforced once all Soldiers have reached the basic level of proficiency.

According to the Army combatives field manual, the combatives course teaches Soldiers how to protect themselves against threats without using their firearms, among other skills.
“Level 1 classes give Soldiers an introduction to fighting and allow them to see how it applies to everyday situations,” said 1st Lt. Joshua Jones, 45th Special Troops Battalion combatives program officer-in-charge. “(The classes) also give them more confidence in themselves and their team.”

The first Level 1 class was held Feb. 22-March 4, at Martinez Gym, here.

“This course was good,” said Sgt. Jess Hawkings, A Company, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde, 8th TSC. “I will definitely take the combatives Level 2 course when it is offered.”

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