Security Forces executes combatives training

Master Sgt. Craig Yates and Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert, members of the 138th Security Forces Squadron, execute their combative skills during annual training on Feb. 12, 2017 in Collinsville, OK.  Following the training, Talbert discussed the techniques they learned and provided feedback to the airmen on their performance during the training scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebecca Imwalle)

Master Sgt. Craig Yates and Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert, members of the 138th Security Forces Squadron, execute their combative skills during annual training on Feb. 12, 2017 in Collinsville, OK. Following the training, Talbert discussed the techniques they learned and provided feedback to the airmen on their performance during the training scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebecca Imwalle)

Master Sgt. Craig Yates and Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert, members of the 138th Security Forces Squadron, participate in a pressure test during annual training on Feb. 12, 2017 in Collinsville, OK. The pressure test combines the techniques airmen learned during the training and applies it to a real-world scenario to assess their skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebecca Imwalle)

Master Sgt. Craig Yates and Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert, members of the 138th Security Forces Squadron, participate in a pressure test during annual training on Feb. 12, 2017 in Collinsville, OK. The pressure test combines the techniques airmen learned during the training and applies it to a real-world scenario to assess their skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebecca Imwalle)

Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert and Senior Airman Julian Tyson, members of the 138th Security Forces Squadron, practice combative techniques during annual training on Feb. 11, 2017 in Collinsville, OK. Talbert assisted the airmen with learning and executing the skills needed to defend themselves and disarm any possible assailants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebecca Imwalle)

Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert and Senior Airman Julian Tyson, members of the 138th Security Forces Squadron, practice combative techniques during annual training on Feb. 11, 2017 in Collinsville, OK. Talbert assisted the airmen with learning and executing the skills needed to defend themselves and disarm any possible assailants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebecca Imwalle)

Senior Airmen Julian Tyson and Dustin Bradley, members of the 138th Security Forces Squadron, participate in annual combative training on Feb. 11, 2017 in Collinsville, OK. During the two-day training, defenders learned how to protect themselves and control their adversary during armed and unarmed attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebecca Imwalle)

Senior Airmen Julian Tyson and Dustin Bradley, members of the 138th Security Forces Squadron, participate in annual combative training on Feb. 11, 2017 in Collinsville, OK. During the two-day training, defenders learned how to protect themselves and control their adversary during armed and unarmed attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebecca Imwalle)

Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert and Senior Airman Brandon Strickland, members of the 138th Security Forces Squadron, demonstrate combative techniques during annual training on Feb. 11, 2017 in Collinsville, OK. Talbert leads this training for the 138th SFS airmen each year to ensure mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebecca Imwalle)

Staff Sgt. Justin Talbert and Senior Airman Brandon Strickland, members of the 138th Security Forces Squadron, demonstrate combative techniques during annual training on Feb. 11, 2017 in Collinsville, OK. Talbert leads this training for the 138th SFS airmen each year to ensure mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rebecca Imwalle)

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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.