2017-07-14 / News Update

35th TTSB Soldiers complete level-1 combatives

BY SGT. VICTOR EVERHART JR
35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade Public Affairs


Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade practice maneuvers from the Army Combatives Program. Over the last few weeks these Soldiers have used Thursday morning physical training sessions to train and teach Soldiers on the Army Combatives Program. 
PHOTO BY SGT. VICTOR EVERHART JR. / 35TH THEATER TACTICAL SIGNAL BRIGADE PUBLIC AFFAIRS Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade practice maneuvers from the Army Combatives Program. Over the last few weeks these Soldiers have used Thursday morning physical training sessions to train and teach Soldiers on the Army Combatives Program. PHOTO BY SGT. VICTOR EVERHART JR. / 35TH THEATER TACTICAL SIGNAL BRIGADE PUBLIC AFFAIRS Over the last few weeks the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade has used Thursday morning physical training sessions to train and teach Soldiers on the Army Combatives Program.

That culmination of training is transitioning to next phase of testing.

Soldiers will be tested on the maneuvers and expected to perform and explain each step in detail to display their proficiency.

“I loved the classes we were given,” said Spc. Jacquelyn Murray, an information technology specialist assigned to the headquarters company of the 35th TTSB. “I never had the opportunity to take the other classes provided so our leadership giving us an opportunity to get this certification was amazing.”

With the tempo of the brigade, this form of training will be crucial to Soldiers gaining and renewing these skills.

“Over the last few months my work schedule has been jammed pack,” said Murray. “But since the classes were given during the flow of our normal routine, I was still able to accomplish my daily routine without being taken out of the mix. I would love if all training could be given in this manner.”

Training Soldiers and helping them gain skills and improve their tool box is the job of the noncommissioned officer, and the NCOs of HHC, 35th TTSB, had that in mind when planning this training for Soldiers.

“We knew we wanted to be able to help Soldiers gain skills and ensure them that this was going to help them going forward,” said Sgt. Marquis Harvey, human resources NCO. “I would talk about combatives in the office and a lot of the Soldiers would say stuff like, I need that class or I’d love to have that certification so it got my wheels spinning.”

Training within the normal timeline of the day was what the NCOs wanted, maximum reward with little impact on the mission was the plan.

“Getting Soldiers the training they needed is always some thing

I look at,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Mcvey, an operations training NCO assigned to the 35th TTSB. “Reviewing our training I noticed many of our younger Soldiers were missing combatives, so I got with our company leadership and came up with a plan to get Soldiers certified without them missing time from work impacting the mission.”

The efficiency of this program is where it shines, over the course of two months every Thursday, Soldiers were being taught maneuvers and had certified instructors help them every step of the way.

“I was able to get certified instructors to help us giving us about five or 6 instructors every session,” said Mcvey. “Being able to demonstrate the maneuvers as a big group then being able to breakdown into three or four smaller groups to reinforce what they learned as well ensure they learned it was key.”

Training Soldiers is the job of the NCO and with programs like this it helps both Soldiers and NCOs. Soldiers get needed training and NCOs get the opportunity to instruct Soldiers in a different capacity than their military occupational specialties.

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