• Pfc. Hanlin Liu (ground), Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, places a leg-lock on his opponent during a match in the 2011 All-Army Combatives Tournament semi-finals, July 22, 2011, held at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Marne Soldiers contend in All-Army Combatives Tournament

    Pfc. Hanlin Liu (ground), Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, places a leg-lock on his opponent during a match in the 2011 All-Army Combatives Tournament semi-finals, July 22, 2011, held...

  • Pfc. Hanlin Liu (right), Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, shares a celebratory moment with coach Montey Massey after winning a match in the 2011 All-Army Combatives Tournament semi-final rounds, advancing him to the finals, July 22, 2011, at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Marne Soldiers contend in All-Army Combatives Tournament

    Pfc. Hanlin Liu (right), Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, shares a celebratory moment with coach Montey Massey after winning a match in the 2011 All-Army Combatives Tournament...

  • Spc. Brian L. Wilson (top), Company G, 203rd Forward Support Company, 3rd Infantry Division, fights hard for dominance during a match in the 2011 All-Army Combatives Tournament Semi-Finals July 22, 2011, held at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Marne Soldiers contend in All-Army Combatives Tournament

    Spc. Brian L. Wilson (top), Company G, 203rd Forward Support Company, 3rd Infantry Division, fights hard for dominance during a match in the 2011 All-Army Combatives Tournament Semi-Finals July 22, 2011, held at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Spc. Brian L. Wilson (left), Company G, 203rd Forward Support Company, 3rd Infantry Division, yells in excitement as he wins a match in the 2011 All-Army Combatives Tournament semi-final round, advancing him to the finals, July 22, 2011, at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Marne Soldiers contend in All-Army Combatives Tournament

    Spc. Brian L. Wilson (left), Company G, 203rd Forward Support Company, 3rd Infantry Division, yells in excitement as he wins a match in the 2011 All-Army Combatives Tournament semi-final round, advancing him to the finals, July 22, 2011, at Fort Hood...

  • Spc. Brian L. Wilson, Company G, 203rd Forward Support Company, 3rd Infantry Division, shares a celebratory moment with coaches and Col. Robert Cloutier (left), chief of staff, 3rd Infantry Division, after winning a match in the 2011 All-Army Combatives Tournament semi-final rounds, advancing him to the finals, July 22, 2011 at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Marne Soldiers contend in All-Army Combatives Tournament

    Spc. Brian L. Wilson, Company G, 203rd Forward Support Company, 3rd Infantry Division, shares a celebratory moment with coaches and Col. Robert Cloutier (left), chief of staff, 3rd Infantry Division, after winning a match in the 2011 All-Army...

  • Spc. Nathaniel D. Freeman, Company C, 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade Support Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, fights his way through a match in the 2011 All-Army Combatives Tournament semi-final rounds July 22, 2011, at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Marne Soldiers contend in All-Army Combatives Tournament

    Spc. Nathaniel D. Freeman, Company C, 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade Support Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, fights his way through a match in the 2011 All-Army Combatives Tournament semi-final rounds July 22, 2011, at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Pfc. Jeremy A. Myers, Company A, 3rd Brigade Support Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, shows excitement as he triumphs over another of 3rd ID's own, Spc. Nathaniel D. Freeman, Company C, 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade Support Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, July 22, 2011, in the 2011 All-Army Combatives Tournament.

    Marne Soldiers contend in All-Army Combatives Tournament

    Pfc. Jeremy A. Myers, Company A, 3rd Brigade Support Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, shows excitement as he triumphs over another of 3rd ID's own, Spc. Nathaniel D. Freeman, Company C, 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade Support Troops Battalion, 3rd...

  • Pfc. Jeremy A. Myers, Company A, 3rd Brigade Support Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, jumps in the arms of coach Garth Spendiff after he wins a match in the 2011 All-Army Combatives Tournament semi-final rounds, advancing him to the finals, July 22, 2011, at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Marne Soldiers contend in All-Army Combatives Tournament

    Pfc. Jeremy A. Myers, Company A, 3rd Brigade Support Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, jumps in the arms of coach Garth Spendiff after he wins a match in the 2011 All-Army Combatives Tournament semi-final rounds, advancing him to the finals...

FORT HOOD, Texas, July 25, 2011 -- Third Infantry Division Soldiers from Fort Stewart, Ga., and Fort Benning, Ga., traveled to Fort Hood, Texas, July 19, 2011, for the All-Army Combatives Tournament.

The Soldiers went through weigh-ins and final medical screening on July 20 and began the first rounds of the tournament on July 21.

The Marne team competitors were not an easy target for their competition with 11 of their 26 members advancing to the semi-finals after the first day of competition.

According to Derrick Noble, one of the Marne team’s coaches, the Soldiers are fairing well in the tournament and definitely holding their ground.

“It was excellent to have 11 members of the team the advance to the semi-finals today. Of those 11, only three will be competing in the finals tomorrow but that is still excellent,” said the coach. “Yesterday, the matches consisted of only grappling. Today, pancrase fighting, or open-hand striking, was added to today’s fights. Tomorrow, close-fist fighting will be added.”

Col. Robert Cloutier, chief of staff, 3rd Inf.Div., who has been in attendance with the team since the first day matches began said he is proud of the team’s accomplishments.

“A lot of these Soldiers are really young and this is their first time competing in a tournament this big,” he said. “They are definitely doing an amazing job, and they advanced a lot further than may have been expected.”

“Their heart, determination, and courage are phenomenal,” he continued. “All the hard work and training they did to get here is definitely showing on the mat.”

Noble said he has high expectations for the July 23 matches, and he is excited to coach and support the Soldiers.

“I can’t wait to see our guys compete in the MMA (mixed martial arts) matches that will be held in the championship rounds tomorrow. I am expecting nothing but the best from them, and I have confidence in them all,” Noble said.

Cloutier said regardless of what happens July 23, he wants everyone to know these Soldiers have represented 3rd Inf. Div. tremendously well.

“Tomorrow, we have two Soldiers competing for first place, Pfc. Hanlin Liu and Spc. Brian Wilson. Two of our own, Pfc. Myers and Spc. Freeman competed today for the opportunity to compete in the finals. Myers was the victor, so he will compete tomorrow in the finals for third place,” he explained.

“All these Soldiers have done extremely well. They are all champions in my eyes. They have performed outstandingly and left everything on the mat. They are all winners,” he said proudly.

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