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I will always place the mission first, I will never accept defeat, I will never quit, and I will never leave a fallen comrade. This is the Army Warrior Ethos, they are the most basic values that are instilled in all U.S. Soldiers. But it should not remain just as values, but Soldiers should actively apply and engage them in their lives. There's a saying, "Action speaks louder than words".

On May 13, service members in Area IV had a chance to test and breed Warrior Ethos through the 2nd quarterly "Fight Tonight" combatives tournament qualification bouts at the Camp Walker Kelly Gym and the Camp Carroll Warrior Gym. The 1st quarterly combatives tournament ended up successfully back in February to March 2017, Area IV opened another tournament for this summer. This tournament is opened to all Soldiers and services members in Area IV including Marines, Sailors, Airmen and KATUSAs.

"I believe it's a great way to develop esprit de corps amongst our organization," said Staff Sgt. Michael Showes, Combatives Schoolhouse NCOIC. "Competition breeds the will to train and gives us a goal to aim for. Working towards that goal, we have Soldiers training together, increasing their skillset through repetition trial and error, plus it's a great motivator to see your progression and to test your mettle towards a skilled opponent. Win or lose, everyone who competes comes out a better person."

Three to four qualifiers from each weight class will compete in the semi-final and final tournament with the intermediate and advanced rules. The matches will be held at the Camp Walker Kelly Fitness Center on June 10 starting at 7 p.m.

If you want to learn combatives program or need information about the combatives tournament, contact Staff Sgt. Michael J. Showes at or DSN 765-1044.