Security Forces executes combatives training

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  • By Senior Airman Rebecca Imwalle
  • 138th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Members of the 138th Security Forces Squadron gathered in Collinsville, Okla., to participate in annual combative training on Feb. 11, 2017.

During the two-day training, defenders were educated on how to protect themselves and control their adversary during armed and unarmed attacks. While the training began with basic defense movements and hand blocking, it also incorporated simulated attacks to review what they learned and put those techniques to the test.

Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert, 138th SFS, led the training event and explained that this training is crucial for mission readiness.

“We are at the disadvantage when we enter a scenario like this,” He said. “They know what the next move is… you don’t.”

Talbert explained that using reality based training helps the instructors identify any issues the airmen may have, so that they can focus on those areas which better prepares them for real life scenarios.

Airman 1st Class Riley Saint, 138th SFS, was one of nearly 20 airmen who participated in this training.

“Practicing these techniques helps me become well-rounded when it comes to defending myself and approaching these situations,” Saint said. “Any type of training we receive can really be beneficial in the future.”

While the training is mandated to be completed every 18 months, Talbert conducts the training annually to maintain 100% compliance across the squadron.