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Minnesota Guard combatives team excels at Army-wide championship

FORT HOOD, Texas -- Last week the Minnesota Army National Guard again displayed its professionalism and dedication during the 2011 All Army Combatives Championship  This year's 7th Annual competition was held at Ft Hood, TX 20-23 July with over 400 Soldiers coming from military bases around the world to compete 

The Minnesota team finished the tournament with a 7th place standing and was the highest scoring National Guard team out of approximately sixty teams 

Minnesota had two second-place finishers in the tournament  Sgt Adam Minette, a Sapper qualified NCO with the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company and former Saint Cloud State University wrestler, competed in his first All Army Combatives tournament This Sauk Rapids native dominated his weight class up until the finals and proved a newcomer to the tournament should not be underestimated 

Minnesota's other second place finisher was Heavyweight Staff Sgt Braden Simonet of Brainerd, Minn No stranger to the Army Combatives Tournament; he previously won the All Army National Guard Tournament earlier this year and narrowly lost in the finals to his opponent (also last year's All Army Combatives champion) 



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The team constantly turns heads in the active army component because Minnesota continues to produce high caliber teams at the tournament  Minnesota is unique because as a National Guard unit we are unable to train as a team in preparation for the tournament; Soldiers on the team are located throughout the state and hold many different civilian jobs (everyone from police officers, college students, to full-time National Guardsmen)  This only allows for team members to train on their own individually; a considerable difference when compared to most active duty units that hold tryouts and then train specifically for months at a time in preparation of the tournament  "It's great when people ask us how long we've trained together; it gives us a sense of pride knowing we're all individually motivated to win" 

Earlier this year Minnesota won the All Army National Guard tournament and every team member knows the next goal is winning the All Army tournament 

The 2011 Minnesota All Army Combatives team:
Weight class, Name, Unit

110, Staff Sgt Kailey Thorton
E Co 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion

110, Spc Anthony Schelle
F Company, 1-189 Aviation Regt, General Support Aviation Battalion

125, Sgt Devin Hoyt
Headquarters, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry

140, Staff Sgt Michael Richman
Recruiting & Retention Battalion

155, Sgt Adam Minette
849th Mobility Augmentation Company

170, Capt Joachim Eitenmiller
B Co, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion

170, Sgt Cody Lincoln
E Co, 134th Brigade Support Battalion

185, Capt Matthew Jukkala
Headquarters, 682nd Engineer Battalion

185, Sgt Gerald Brekke
434th Chemical Company

205, Sgt 1st Class Brian Friedrichs
C Co, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor

205, Spc Gabriel Hobbs
Headquarters, 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion

HVY, Sgt Brandon Thiebault
F Btry, 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery

HVY, Staff Sgt Braden Simonet
2nd Battalion (General Studies), 175th Regiment (Regional Training Institute)

Coach, Capt Bernie Williamson
Headquarters, 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion

Coach, Spc Benjamin Keen
Headquarters, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry

Fans of the Minnesota Army Combatives team can find articles, pics, and videos of this year's tournament on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Minnesota-Army-National-Guard-Combatives/155576077806533

Additional Army Combatives information can be found at: http://wwwhoodarmymil/combatives/
 
By Capt Joachim G Eitenmiller
Minnesota Army National Guard Combatives Team
23 July, 2011






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