Combatives is rite of passage for 94th AAMDC

| August 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
 Pfc. Christina Williams (top) practices MACP moves with Pfc. Ronnie McNulty during training, July 31.

Pfc. Christina Williams (top) practices MACP moves with Pfc. Ronnie McNulty during training, July 31.

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. John Johnson III
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — The mission of every modern Soldier is to learn techniques from the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP), and the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command ensured its warriors got the proper training they needed, July 31.

Throughout the training, Soldiers learned vital techniques that will give them confidence in the face of hand-to-hand combat.

The 94th AAMDC troops understand the importance of combatives, not just on the battlefield, but also with possibly quicker promotions in their career field.

“I volunteered to come over here because I feel it is good professional development,” said Sgt. Anthony Rivera, attack operations.

Sgt. Mark Giauque, early warning section chief, had put MACP off for the first three years of his career, but finally decided to get the training out of the way.

“We did this for two days in basic training, but this is way more intensive. We’ve learned submissions, how to handle yourself on the ground and gain superiority,” said Gaiuque.

Most Soldiers, when asked, were not really into mixed martial arts (MMA) that became popular in recent years, but they valued the training provided to them.

“I’m not really into MMA or anything, but I feel it is good to know it because you never know what kind of situation you might find yourself in downrange,” said Giauque.

Pfc. Ronnie McNulty, human resources specialist, who played football for the University of New Mexico, has been in the Army less than a year, and knows that he may be called to go downrange as support for his command to possibly face direct combat situations.

“We’ve been here for only two days, but I’ve learned so much about the arm bar, and basically, how to defend myself, because you never know what you may run across in your life,” said McNulty.

The mission of the MACP is to prepare leaders and Soldiers, while instilling the warrior ethos, to defeat enemies in close-quarters combat.

The MACP started in 1995 with the 2nd Ranger Battalion and has spread across the Army. It has been incorporated into the new Army Training Circular 3-25.150.

Basic combatives is one of the 40 warrior core tasks of the warrior ethos initiative.

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