Tripler medic fights her way to combatives honor

| November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Dominique Ramos (left), noncommissioned officer-in-charge, Developmental Pediatrics Clinic, TAMC, grapples with her opponent during Tripler’s Combatives Tournament, held at Martinez Fitness Center, Jan. 13-14. Ramos recently earned her Level 3 combatives certification at Fort Benning, Ga., as an honor graduate. She defeated a drill sergeant in her final bout.

Sgt. Dominique Ramos (left), noncommissioned officer-in-charge, Developmental Pediatrics Clinic, TAMC, grapples with her opponent during Tripler’s Combatives Tournament, held at Martinez Fitness Center, Jan. 13-14. Ramos recently earned her Level 3 combatives certification at Fort Benning, Ga., as an honor graduate. She defeated a drill sergeant in her final bout.

Story and photo by Stephanie Bryant
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

HONOLULU, Hawaii — “The adrenaline rush you feel is intense. I felt my heart beating in my stomach, like I was going to puke and then all at once I was enraged.

“I told my opponent that I was not going to fight for 10 minutes. Either he was going to tap, or I was,” said Sgt. Dominique Ramos.

Ramos, noncommissioned officer in charge with the Developmental Pediatrics Clinic, Tripler Army Medical Center, loves describing her final bout from the Level 3 Modern Army Combatives Program Training at Fort Benning, Ga.

At the course, she defeated an infantryman, who is also drill sergeant, with a cross-collar choke hold. The three-minute-and-30-second bout won her the title of honor graduate during her Level 3 course.

“I am proud of myself, but it is still a humbling experience … there is always someone better than you,” Ramos said. “I like to fight with people who are better than me, so that I can become better.”

Ramos didn’t learn combatives in basic training, and even though the drill sergeants demonstrated some moves, it all seemed very vague.

At her first duty station at Fort Sill, Okla., when Ramos observed some combatives training, she didn’t think combatives was for her. However, when Ramos’ supervisor wanted to take the first course, she convinced Ramos to join her.

Ramos said once she actually completed Level 1, it was like she had been bitten by a bug and has loved combatives ever since.

For Ramos, a big part of her fascination and love for the sport is Soldier education. As a medic, Ramos does not know what unit she’ll be attached to overseas when deployed.

“We never know what type of situation we are going to face, and when overseas, we are not guaranteed to be placed in a combat support hospital,” Ramos said. “We could be placed in a unit that does routine patrols. It is important all Soldiers know how to engage the enemy tactfully and safely.

“Combatives ties into a lot of that, and it is not just about hand-to-hand combat, but tactical situations,” Ramos added.

Ramos is spending November at Fort Benning to complete Level 4 training and is looking forward to helping train other Soldiers, especially reminding females about the importance of remaining both physically and mentally tough.

“I don’t like to consider myself hard core; I like to consider myself a hard worker,” Ramos said. “No one likes getting punched in the face. I remember getting hit in the face once, right in the nose, and I remember tearing up and telling myself ‘you are not going to cry.’

“Combatives is part of my Soldier skills,” she added.

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