• FORT CARSON, Colo. - Spc. Orlando Belt, utilities equipment repairman, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, kicks the bag, while Sgt. Stephen Wyatt, combatives instructor at the U.S. Combatives School at Fort Benning, Ga., assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, 197th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army Infantry School, demonstrates the proper techniques for using blockers during Modern Army Combatives Program Level III training at Garcia Physical Fitness Center Jan. 12.  
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram, 4th Inf. Div. PAO)

    Combatives strengthens bodies, minds of Soldiers

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Spc. Orlando Belt, utilities equipment repairman, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, kicks the bag, while Sgt. Stephen Wyatt, combatives instructor at the U.S...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. - Sgt. Eamonn McDonough, left, wheeled vehicle mechanic, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, spars with Staff Sgt. Irik King, military police officer, Company B, 4th BSB, 1st BCT, 4th Inf. Div., during Modern Army Combatives Program Level III training at Garcia Physical Fitness Center Jan. 12. During the 160-hour course Fort Carson Soldiers learned to close the distance and eliminate an enemy on the battlefield using hand-to-hand combat skills. 
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram, 4th Inf. Div. PAO)

    Combatives strengthens bodies, minds of Soldiers

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Sgt. Eamonn McDonough, left, wheeled vehicle mechanic, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, spars with Staff Sgt. Irik King, military police officer...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. - Fort Carson Soldiers look on as Staff Sgt. Chase Lester, left, and Sgt. Steven Wyatt, combatives instructors from the U.S. States Combatives School at Fort Benning, Ga., assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, 197th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army Infantry School, demonstrate techniques to deflect an opponent's knee during Modern Army Combatives Program Level III training at Garcia Physical Fitness Center Jan. 12. After completing the course, the Mountain Post Soldiers will be certified to pass on their skills, training and techniques to their Soldiers and units. 
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram, 4th Inf. Div. PAO)

    Combatives strengthens bodies, minds of Soldiers

    FORT CARSON, Colo. - Fort Carson Soldiers look on as Staff Sgt. Chase Lester, left, and Sgt. Steven Wyatt, combatives instructors from the U.S. States Combatives School at Fort Benning, Ga., assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment...

FORT CARSON, Colo. - In 1995, an Army Ranger Col. Stanley A. McChrystal set out to reinvigorate the hand-to-hand combat program in his unit. He assigned Staff Sgt. Matt Larson to research the best way to make a hand-to-hand combatives program that is important and appealing to the average Soldier.

This endeavor eventually led to what is now known as the Modern Army Combatives Program, a progressive and competitive blend of martial arts taken from numerous cultures and disciplines with one objective: make American Soldiers effective war fighters in close-combat situations.

During the month of January, instructors from the United States Combatives School at Fort Benning, Ga., are visiting the Mountain Post to train Soldiers in the third level of this deadly program.

Staff Sgt. Chase Lester, combatives instructor, USCS, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, 197th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army Infantry School, said that combatives is an important skill set for Soldiers in a combat environment.

"If you are clearing a room and somebody jumps on top of you, combatives training will help you take positive control of the situation until your buddy can take care of the enemy," said Lester.

Lester said in Level III of the program, Soldiers take pieces of wrestling, judo, boxing, kick-boxing, muay-thai and jujitsu to become well-rounded combatants.

The hand-to-hand combat skills learned in the MACP instill confidence in Soldiers.

"In Iraq, there is a lot of clearing rooms and a lot of close quarters," said Lester. "This training gives Soldiers the confidence to take care of situations where they are unable to reach their weapon or that require non-lethal force."

Combatives accomplishes a greater mission than simply teaching Soldiers how to defeat an opponent with their hands, said Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Miller, chief instructor, Fort Carson Modern Army Combatives Program.

"If we want our Soldiers to be warriors, to always place the mission first, to never accept defeat, to never quit or leave a fallen comrade, we have to have a vehicle that trains our Soldiers in the Warrior Ethos," said Miller, who arranged for the Fort Benning instructors to teach at the Mountain Post. "Combatives is that link between what we say we are and what we truly are as warriors."

Capt. Ashton Elmore, operations officer, 4th Space Company, 1st Space Battalion, 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, said he believes that it is important for officers to lead from the front.

"If given the opportunity I have no doubt I could use what I've learned in this class in the field," said Elmore. "This is a great opportunity for me to take what I'm learning back to my unit."

When the Mountain Post combatants graduate from the course Jan. 28, they will pass on the attitude, skills and confidence gained during the Level III training to their Soldiers, units and comrades.

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