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Posted: February 1, 2018 1:52 p.m.
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Fighthouse Fever catching at Stewart

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Spc. Fransico Mata, 2nd ABCT, 3rd ID, attempts to prevent Spc. Julia Uribe (left) of 87th CSSB, 3rd IDSB, from achieving a standing clinch during a basic combatives course held Jan. 25, at Fort Stewart. The clinch drill is the final exercise that students must complete to graduate the course. During the drill, Soldiers must close in on an opponent who is throwing punches, and wrap them up using only clinch techniques taught during training.

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The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team of 3rd Infantry Division, opened the doors to their Modern Army Combatives training facility on Dec. 2, at Fort Stewart.

Since the opening of the facility, two basic combatives courses have been completed.

The mission of the U.S. Army Combatives Course is to train leaders and Soldiers in close quarters combatives to instill a warrior ethos and prepare Soldiers to close with and defeat the enemy in hand-to-hand combat.

The Modern Army Combatives Program started in 1995 with the 2nd Ranger Battalion and has spread throughout the Army since. 

“The fight house was created to facilitate combatives training to 2nd ABCT Soldiers; however, the gym is open to all Soldiers across the Marne Division,” said Staff Sgt. Thomas Wrighthouse, the Spartan Brigade combatives master trainer.

The fight house can also be used for physical readiness training during weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., said Wrighthouse. 

“The evening classes are for those interested in honing more advanced skills,” he said. “This year’s course schedule is slated for release soon.”

Units who are interested in using the facility for training can contact Wrighthouse at thomas.j.wrighthouse.mil@mail.mil for scheduling.


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