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CES members receive hands-on training

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airmen in the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron here warm up during a combatives training course at the base fitness center here Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.  The course is modeled after the Modern Army Combatives Program that trains military members on hand-to-hand combat. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airmen in the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron here warm up during a combatives training course at the base fitness center here Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. The course is modeled after the Modern Army Combatives Program that trains military members on hand-to-hand combat. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Demonstrating an escape technique, Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rivera, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron combatives instructor, holds Senior Airman Justin Egan, a 30th CES combatives instructor, on a mat during a combatives training course at the base fitness center here Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.  The instructors focused on combat techniques to train Airmen how to protect themselves in a combat environment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Demonstrating an escape technique, Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rivera, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron combatives instructor, holds Senior Airman Justin Egan, a 30th CES combatives instructor, on a mat during a combatives training course at the base fitness center here Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. The instructors focused on combat techniques to train Airmen how to protect themselves in a combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Master Sgt. Daniel Fuller, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron combatives trainee, chokeholds his opponent, Staff Sgt. Robert Tronu, a 30th CES combatives trainee, during a combatives training course at the base fitness center here Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.  Techniques learned during the course are supervised by other instructors to ensure the proper techniques and safety are implemented.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Master Sgt. Daniel Fuller, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron combatives trainee, chokeholds his opponent, Staff Sgt. Robert Tronu, a 30th CES combatives trainee, during a combatives training course at the base fitness center here Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. Techniques learned during the course are supervised by other instructors to ensure the proper techniques and safety are implemented. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Practicing an escape technique, 1st Lt. Rebecca Bucher, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron combatives trainee, holds 2nd Lt. Melissa Kromer, a 30th CES combatives trainee, on a mat  during a combatives training course at the base fitness center here Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.  The Modern Army Combatives Program helps Airmen maintain readiness for future deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Practicing an escape technique, 1st Lt. Rebecca Bucher, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron combatives trainee, holds 2nd Lt. Melissa Kromer, a 30th CES combatives trainee, on a mat during a combatives training course at the base fitness center here Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. The Modern Army Combatives Program helps Airmen maintain readiness for future deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Demonstrating a chokehold,  Senior Airman Justin Egan, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron combatives instructor, holds Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rivera, a 30th CES combatives instructor, to show the proper technique during a combatives training course at the base fitness center here Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.  The instructors focused on combat techniques to train Airmen how to protect themselves in a combat environment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Demonstrating a chokehold, Senior Airman Justin Egan, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron combatives instructor, holds Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rivera, a 30th CES combatives instructor, to show the proper technique during a combatives training course at the base fitness center here Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. The instructors focused on combat techniques to train Airmen how to protect themselves in a combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Demonstrating an arm bar technique, Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rivera, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron combatives instructor, incapacitates Senior Airman Justin Egan, a 30th CES combatives instructor, on the mat during a combatives training course at the base fitness center here Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.  Airmen from the 30th CES practiced many different techniques to learn how to take control of a fight.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Demonstrating an arm bar technique, Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rivera, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron combatives instructor, incapacitates Senior Airman Justin Egan, a 30th CES combatives instructor, on the mat during a combatives training course at the base fitness center here Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. Airmen from the 30th CES practiced many different techniques to learn how to take control of a fight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airmen from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron practice hand-to-hand combat during a combatives training course at the base fitness center here Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.  The instructors gave detailed instructions to ensure the safety of the trainees while teaching how to defend themselves in a combat environment.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airmen from the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron practice hand-to-hand combat during a combatives training course at the base fitness center here Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. The instructors gave detailed instructions to ensure the safety of the trainees while teaching how to defend themselves in a combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Using training they received from the Army, select members of the 30th Civil Engineer Squadron have designed a program to teach their squadron, and hopefully the base, a hand-to-hand combatives training course.

The combat training resembles the Modern Army Combatives Program, which was founded by the Army's 2nd Ranger Battalion in 1995, and has now been incorporated into the Army's core tasks as a requirement for all Army platoons. Although, it is currently not a requirement for the Air Force, the 30th CES has found during recent deployment it is a necessity.

"Our squadron's Airmen deploy with the Army most of the time," said Staff Sgt. Marcos Silva, a MACP trainer and 30th CES member. "It's important to have the same training as the Army to ensure that we are on the same level."

The 30th CES members proficient in the MACP training have begun to share their knowledge with their squadron during morning physical training sessions. Members of the squadron attend the training four times a month in accordance with their deployment tempo band and training schedule.

"We have had a lot of positive feedback from the members that have attended the training," said Sergeant Silva. "It's fun, easy to learn and builds confidence in those who participate."

Now, with a training schedule devised for the squadron, Sergeant Silva has set his sights on getting the training approved to teach base-wide.

"Our number one issue right now, is that we don't have a facility large enough," said Sergeant Silva. "We are currently trying to get approval for a building to use for the training."

Once approved, the 30th CES will work on renovating the building and fundraising to support the need for purchasing the numerous items that will be needed. To ensure safety during the training, the facility will need to furnish wrestling mats; heavy weight and speed bags; and personal protective equipment, said Sergeant Silva.

"We have seen interest expressed from various squadrons around the base and we are hopeful that we will be able to get the program up and running," said Sergeant Silva. "We are so thankful to the leadership and everyone that has been backing this program; I hope they know how much we have appreciated it."