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Team MN Places Sixth at All-Army Combatives Tournament
Sixteen members of the Minnesota Army National Guard shined at the All-Army Combatives Tournament at Fort Hood, Texas from July 26th-28th
"Once again the competitors from Team Minnesota set themselves apart from not only the rest of the National Guard, but the vast majority of the Active Army as well," said 1st Lt Chad Malmberg, Deputy Officer in Charge and Minnesota Combatives Team coach "We fought a total of 70 bouts, earning 320 team points, and finishing in 6th place among the likes of 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, Fort Benning, and Fort Hood"
The Minnesota National Guard team placed sixth out of twenty-eight teams and over 320 competitors from around the globe Army combatives is the Army's training method for teaching Soldiers hand-to-hand combat along with instilling confidence, motivation, discipline, and dedication
Earlier this year forty Minnesota Soldiers tried out for the team that only had sixteen slots available, allotting only two Soldiers per weight class The competition was fierce, but in the end the top sixteen Soldiers were picked to represent Team Minnesota at Fort Hood, Texas For fans following Minnesota combatives, it's a known fact that Team Minnesota always proves it's pedigree by performing well at the combatives competitions
In the previous two years, Team Minnesota took fourth and seventh at the All-Army tournament and has won the All-National Guard tournament two years in a row This year, taking sixth was a step up from last year, but Soldiers on Team Minnesota know it's still not the goal they want to reach winning the All-Army tournament
Much of Team Minnesota's success can be credited to their high submission rate Teams earned double points for an early stoppage, versus a victory on points Of their 63 total preliminary bouts, Team Minnesota had 30 of their 37 wins by submission The competitors who advanced to the semifinals accumulated an additional three wins, all three by submission This remarkably high submission rate is another testament to the technical superiority and toughness of the Minnesota National Guard competitors
"The Active Duty teams we faced at the All-Army prepare for these tournaments as their full time job," said Malmberg "In many cases they have world class trainers, coaches, and dietitians to ensure they have every reason to succeed Our team relies on Soldiers who train on their own, without the luxuries of our competitors"
Individually, Team Minnesota's Spc Sean Stebbins, 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery, placed the highest on the team with a second place finish This was second time Stebbins has received the 2nd place trophy at the All- Army tournament He was also second in 2010; he was unable to attend the 2011 tournament due to 1/34th Brigade Combat Team deployment to Kuwait
"For me the most memorable part of this tournament was Spc Sean Stebbins earning a 2nd place trophy," said Malmberg "This was the second time he had placed second at the All-Army The dedication to training and courage under pressure is inspiring to me"
"As a Soldier, I can tell you that there may be nothing more frightening than engaging in armed combat with the enemy, but nothing comes closer to that than stepping into the cage at the All-Army," stated Malmberg "The competitor on Team Minnesota embodies everything you want and need in the men and women alongside you in combat and elsewhere in life"
The next tryout tournament for Team Minnesota is tentatively scheduled for February 2013 at Camp Ripley, Minn The state tournaments are known for being great training for Soldiers, creating camaraderie and pride among units It also ensures the top Soldiers from the state representing Minnesota at the All-Guard, All-Army, and All-Services tournaments Follow the Minnesota Combatives Team on Facebook at "Minnesota Army National Guard Combatives for more information, photos and stories about the team
By Capt Joachim Eitenmiller
July 28th, 2012
Additional Information: Team Results " Total Points
1st place - Fort Hood - 441
2nd place - Fort Stewart - 407
3rd place - Fort Carson - 365
4th place - 5th Special Forces Group - 347
5th place - Fort Bragg - 344
6th place - Minnesota National Guard " 320
Bantamweight (110 lbs and under): Spc Sean Stebbins (1-125 FA)
Bantamweight (110 lbs and under): Spc Benjamin Johansen (134 BSB)
Flyweight (1101-125 lbs): Spc Eric Cabral Garibay (2-135 IN)
Flyweight (1101-125 lbs): Pfc Ronald Kettle (2-136 CAB)
Lightweight (1251-140 lbs): Spc Allen Kemper (1-125 FA)
Lightweight (1251-140 lbs): Sgt Benjamin Keen (2-136 CAB)
Welterweight (1401-155 lbs): Sgt Adam Minette (849 ENG)
Welterweight (1401-155 lbs): Staff Sgt Nicholas Dubois (2-135 IN)
Middleweight (1551-170 lbs): Capt Joachim Eitenmiller (34ID DHHB)
Middleweight (1551-170 lbs): Sgt Cody Lincoln (134 BSB)
Cruiserweight (1701-185 lbs): Sgt Gerald Brekke (434 CHEM)
Cruiserweight (1701-185 lbs): Capt Matt Jukkala (849 ENG)
Light Heavyweight (1851-205 lbs): Staff Sgt Seth Martell (2-136 CAB)
Light Heavyweight (1851-205 lbs): Pfc Joseph Holdvogt (849 ENG)
Heavyweight (2051 lbs and over): Spc Tim Johnson (1-34 BSTB)
Heavyweight (2051 lbs and over): Sgt 1st Class Braden Simonet (175 RTI)
Team Minnesota Coach: 1st Lt Chad Malmberg (2-136 CAB)
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Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.
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"Soldiers perform at a higher level when they are spiritually fit," said Minnesota National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command chaplain. "And, it's our job as chaplains to make sure Soldiers have their spiritual needs met, regardless of faith. Having Chaplain Shabazz here as a Muslim Chaplain provides the diversity in religious background that we can't provide internally."
There are five major religions supported by the chaplaincy: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, but over 200 religions are recognized. Chaplains can only perform services for their particular religion, but they can provide support for all Soldiers, regardless of their faith.
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"We are very appreciative for what the military does for us, and we wanted to give something back to honor the military," said Roger McCabe, who along with wife, Nancy, is a driving force behind the recognitions through the FastBreak Foundation and Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation. "This is our way of doing it."
Having lived through the Vietnam War - and with Roger and Nancy both having parents who served - the two philanthropists decided a few years back to build upon existing recognition efforts already underway by the Timberwolves. And with that, recognitions that were typically happening at Target Center in November expanded to include Minnesota Service members from all branches at every home game - a total of 41 honorees per season.
"It was a lot of work and lessons learned, but it was awesome seeing the completed product," said Sgt. 1st Class Brian Reiten, readiness non-commissioned officer for C Co., 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.