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Combatives Training 
Milford, Ma. – Sgt. Noah J. Amatucci, Training Assistor PTAE, 972 MP Company, practices takedowns on 1st Lt. Shawn P. Baron, Platoon Leader 747 MP Company, 211th MP Battalion April 6, here.  The two are on day 8 of level 2 MAC training.  (US Army Photo by Spc. Jeremiah J. Clark)
Story by Spc. Jeremiah J. Clark,  Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs Office 

MILFORD, Mass. – “Where is the sheik,” said Maj. Kenneth P. Wisniewski, Operations Officer Pre-mobilization Training Assistance Element.

Three soldiers enter a room with two targets.

“Get down,” said Sgt. Noah J. Amatucci, Training Assistant PTAE.

One of the targets gets on his knees, while the other tries to make a run for it, but at the last second dives for one of the Soldiers.  The Soldiers work together to take down the non-compliant target, at the same time keeps security on the other target.

These two Soldiers are part of a fire team entering and clearing a building, said Sgt. Christopher J. Walton, training assistor PTAE and instructor for the level two combatives certification at Camp Edwards, April 7.  The students are presented with two subjects.  One will be complacent and the other is not.  Those testing will have to subdue the one that’s non-complaint.

This is the first time level two combatives certification has been taught in the state, said Walton.  The course lasts approximately ten days.

This class will not be the last, said Walton. There is another class August 15 for Basic Combatives, level one, and August 22 for Tactical Combatives, level two.

“The Soldier’s use the post frame and hook technique,” said Walton. “That gives them three options. Create space, use secondary tools, and take the fight, use whatever you need to.”

Soldiers are taught to use personal control, said Walton. They learn the use of handcuffs and how to remove a threat from a vehicle at a TCCP.

They learn to clear a single room with a single team, said Walton. Then there are multiple rooms with multiple teams at the MOUT site.

The training reminds Soldiers that there is another option besides firearms, said Staff Sgt. Bethany Kenneway, training assistor PTAE and one of the students. There is another tool, combatives.

“Part of the warrior ethos is I will never quit,” said Amatucci.  “This training gives you more options.

“The training uses skill not strength,” said Amatucci. “It adds another level to the escalation of force parameters. “

“The training is relative to the fighter now,” said Wisniewski.

"I think combatives training is very valuable to help install the warrior spirit in both young and old Soldiers,” said Walton.  “Hand to hand combat instruction also helps non-combat MOS Soldiers realize their potential as well as the importance of an aggressive mind set.”

red suit combatives

MILFORD, Mass. – Sgt. Christopher J. Walton, training assistor PTAE and combatives instructor, goes over the techniques the Soldiers will be using on their targets, who are wearing red man suits, during this test April 7 at Camp Edwards. The redman suit allows maximum protection so the targets can take severe punishment without being harmed.  (US Army Photo by Spc. Jeremiah J. Clark)

red suit combatives

MILFORD, Mass. – Sgt. Noah J. Amatucci, training assistor PTAE, subdues a target during the applications testing of Tactical Combatives with the help of Staff Sgt. Bethany J. Kenneway, training assistor PTAE, April 7 at Camp Edwards. Amatucci uses his side arm as a secondary tool, which is stressed in the level two combatives training. (US Army Photo by Spc. Jeremiah J. Clark)