By Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Members of the 50th Security Forces Squadron Alpha Flight took it to the mat Tuesday for quarterly SFS Combative Training here.
The Security Forces Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, recently unveiled a more comprehensive combative training program that included instruction on submissions, fighting stances and weapon control.
“Though security forces members have been teaching combative training for years, this training, specifically for SFS members, is fairly new,” said Senior Airman Anthony Tasker, 50 SFS training and combative training instructor. “The biggest change is weapons are incorporated throughout the entire [course].”
After an in-depth safety briefing, students began the training with a warm-up and the fundamentals of combative training, to include proper technique and fighting stances.
Rubber M9 pistols and M4 rifles were used throughout training to simulate the weapons the SFS members carry. During training students learned different techniques to handle a suspect who attempts to take the SFS member’s weapon.
After completing formal instruction, members went through a practical 10-minute drill, where the techniques and moves were put to the test.
“The training is very physical and takes a lot out of a person,” said Tasker. “This is good in a training environment. We want the students to see that even a short altercation requires the member to be physically fit.”
Staff Sgt. Adam Dederick, a 50 SFS member who attended the training, has been in security forces for more than seven years and has applied his combative expertise on the job.
“[At a previous assignment] we would be at base events and sometimes there is that one person who gets out of hand,” said Dederick. “Fueled on ‘liquid courage,’ they would pursue and we would have to react and neutralize them.”
Dederick continued that he’s glad he had his training when those events occurred.
“Thinking back, the situation would have quite possibly been different, if not for my training,” he said. “I hope the new SFS members attending class today really pay attention to the material. If you pay attention now, when you really need it, your body just goes through the motions and your muscle memory kicks in.”
Alpha Flight completed the training in the same day and it is scheduled for the remainder of the SFS unit.
“We have to stay proficient,” said Tasker. “We have to stay one step ahead of the enemy.”