FORT SHAFTER FLATS-- Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) Sea Dragons Sisters in Arms program participated in Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training conducted at Fort Shafter Flats July 24-25.

The training gave female Soldiers of the unit some techniques on how to defend themselves against potential sexual assaults and other types of aggression.

RAD is a basic physical defense program that teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The purpose of the class is to help women become empowered by developing and enhancing the options of self-defense so that they may become viable options to the woman who is being attacked.

"The instruction objective of this course is to develop and enhance the options of self defense so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked," said, Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lugo, certified RAD instructor, 25th Infantry Division.

"I feel the training that was conducted was very informative," said Spc. Taraneh Lipscomb, human resource specialist, 94th AAMDC. "I learned a lot of new things that I will implement in my everyday life."

RAD is the largest network of its kind with over 11,000 instructors receiving training to date. These instructors teach at various colleges, universities, and municipal law enforcement agencies, as well as various other community organizations internationally. RAD has trained more than 900,000 women since the program began in 1989.

"It was a great opportunity for the female soldiers in the unit to feel strong and empowered," said Staff Sgt. Denise Miles, human resource sergeant, 94th AAMDC. "There is no better feeling as female to know that you can prevent yourself from becoming a potential victim of sexual assault."

"I've been a RAD instructor since 2008 and have had Soldiers that attended the training come to me and tell me how the training given prepared them to defend themselves against attackers," said Lugo.

Lipscomb also added, "I feel very confident that if I was attacked that I would be able to defend myself and get out of the situation."

RAD is the only self-defense program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, National Academy of Defense Education, the National Self-Defense Institute, and Redman Training Gear.