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Combative training keeps defenders mission-ready

Members of the 90th Security Forces Group participated in their annual combative training here, Sept. 5.

Senior Airman Haylee Martin, 90th Security Support Squadron program coordinator, demonstrates how to create a reactionary gap from a suspect during combative training at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Sept. 5, 2017. Combative training is an annual requirement for defenders across the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter)

Members of the 90th Security Forces Group participated in their annual combative training here, Sept. 5.

Senior Airman Michael Torre and Airman Kolburn George, 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron response force leaders, practice taking a weapon from a suspect during combative training at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Sept. 5, 2017. There were 9 defenders in the class who attended this annual two-day training (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter)

Members of the 90th Security Forces Group participated in their annual combative training here, Sept. 5.

Defenders practice responding to an active shooter during combative training at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Sept. 5, 2017. This training helps defenders sharpen their skills for various situations they may encounter in their job. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter)

Members of the 90th Security Forces Group participated in their annual combative training here, Sept. 5.

Airman Kolburn George, 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron response force leader, points a training weapon at Senior Airman Michael Torre, 90th MSFS response force leader during combative training at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Sept. 5, 2017. The two defenders were practicing how to respond if someone tried to remove their weapon from the holster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter)

Members of the 90th Security Forces Group participated in their annual combative training here, Sept. 5.

Senior Airman Haylee Martin, 90th Security Support Squadron program coordinator, leads a class in doing push-ups during combative training at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Sept. 5, 2017. The combative training helps defenders physically and mentally, while learning the basics of self-defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Breanna Carter)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --

Members of the 90th Security Forces Group participated in their annual combative training here, Sept. 5.

Defenders gained the skills to respond to various scenarios they may encounter while carrying out their duties.

“This training is important because you’re learning a life-saving skill,” said Senior Airman Angelique Torrence, 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron flight security controller. “I feel confident in my ability to defend myself if I’m ever attacked or put into a hostile situation.”

The defenders were educated on how to perform strikes, kicks and other combat skills.

“This training teaches our security forces members the basics of hand-to-hand combat,” said Staff Sgt. Stephen King, 90th Security Support Squadron security forces instructor. “They learn how to properly strike and kick, create a reactionary gap between themselves and a suspect, and anything else that could prepare them for real world situations.”

This training is conducted across the Air Force and keeps defenders prepared for anything that’s thrown their way.