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Soldiers from across the state compete in combatives tournament PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Staff Sgt. Kassidy L. Snyder, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:46

SPRINGFIELD, IL (09/17/2012)(readMedia)-- Approximately 25 Soldiers from units throughout Illinois competed in the Illinois Army National Guard's third annual Adjutant General's Combatives Tournament at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Sept. 16.

The tournament was open to all Illinois National Guard Soldiers regardless of combatives experience.

"I didn't know what to expect," said Sgt. Zechariah Johnson of Oregon, a cavalry scout with Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment in Dixon. "It was a smaller tournament, but the Soldiers who showed up were motivated and made it a good competition."

Fighters competed individually in brackets based on weight class, while team points were awarded based on individual placement. The 33rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion received the overall team award.

The tournament was double elimination. The preliminary rounds were fought under Modern Army Combatives standard rules, which allows takedowns, joint locks and choke submissions. The championship bouts were fought under intermediate rules, which added open hand strikes to the head, punches to the body, and head to toe kicks.

Just before the end of the 10-minute light heavyweight championship round, Johnson defeated his opponent 1st Lt. Jarod Thomas of Decatur, with the 766th Engineer Battalion in Decatur, by a collar choke submission. Johnson said this was his first combatives tournament.

"He put up a really good fight and it was close," said Johnson. "I look forward to next year's competition."

Overall individual winners included: Bantamweight division (110 pounds and under): Spc. Ashley Hicks of Pickneyville, Company C, 33rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion in Carbondale

Flyweight division (110.1 to 125 pounds): Spc. Ricardo Brambila of Berwyn, Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment in Aurora

Lightweight division (125.1 to 140 pounds): Spc. Jacob Bultmann of Petersburg, Company B, 33rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion in Bloomington

Welterweight division (140.1 to 155 pounds): Sgt. Jacob Trigleth of Altamont, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment in Marion

Middleweight division (155.1 to 170 pounds): Spc. Allen Simmerman of Chillicothe, Company A, 33rd Brigades Special Troops Battalion in Marseilles

Cruiserweight division (170.1 to 185 pounds): Sgt. Ardel Buchanan of Cicero, 766th Engineer Battalion in Decatur

Light heavyweight division (185.1 to 205 pounds): Sgt. Zechariah Johnson of Oregon, Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment in Dixon

Heavyweight division (over 205.1 pounds): Spc. Jason Pilman of Johnsburg, Company A, 33rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion in Marseilles

Hicks was the only female competitor in this year's tournament. No other Soldiers weighed in at the bantamweight class, so she competed with Soldiers in the flyweight division.

"I liked the challenge of being the only female," said Hicks.

She recently completed the Tactical Combatives Course (Level 2) and decided to enter the tournament after hearing about it at the class.

The Modern Army Combative Program (MACP) uses competitions as a tool to motivate soldiers to train, build esprit de corps and to build confidence by testing techniques against a fully resistant opponent. MACP Instructors with the Illinois Army National Guard administered this year's tournament.

"I was really impressed by the raw determination I saw in many of today's Soldiers," said Staff Sgt. Nick Grant of Caseyville, tournament noncommissioned officer in charge and Combatives Course Manager for the 129th Regional Training Institute. "Even those that fell short certainly displayed a strong will to win. It was also very satisfying to see Soldiers I've personally trained in the past comeback and employ potentially live saving techniques they learned months or years ago."

Top tournament finishers will be considered to join the Illinois Army National Guard Combatives Team at future national competitions such as the All-National Guard and All-Army Combatives Championships.

For more information on Illinois' Combatives Program and updates on future competitions, please visit the Illinois Army National Guard Combatives Team's Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Illinois-Army-National-Guard-Combatives-Team/224254734272195

 

High resolution photos of all the winners are available. Contact the Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Branstad, Orr issue joint statement on U.S. House action to prevent Air National Guard cuts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 12:58

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Maj. Gen. Tim Orr, Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, this morning issued the following joint statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives’ action to prevent Air National Guard cuts:

“We commend the United States House of Representatives, including the Iowa delegation, for ensuring that the Air National Guard will remain a robust part of our nation’s military and homeland security capabilities.  Cutting the Air National Guard would counter common sense because the Air Guard is the most cost-effective and many times most experienced part of our Air defense capabilities.  The Guard personnel also provide important emergency response capabilities as demonstrated by the response to the crash of Flight 232 in Sioux City to the more recent flooding along the Missouri River.  This is a positive step for the Air Guard and we will continue to stay engaged with fellow governors in this national policy discussion.”

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Loebsack Joins USO on National Day of Service to Honor Military PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 14 September 2012 14:39

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today joined the USO for a care package stuffing event to honor and thank members of our military on this National Day of Service.  Operation USO Care Package was initiated by the USO in 2001 as a response to 9/11 to provide our troops deployed overseas with much needed toiletries and entertainment items and international calling cards so they can stay in touch with loved ones here at home.

“I am honored to join the USO to give back to our troops who are protecting our freedom overseas, especially on this day as we participate in service activities to remember the victims of the 9/11 attack and honor the men and women who are serving our nation,”  said Loebsack.  “Our servicemembers devote themselves to our country each and every day with honor and distinction. Providing them with a care package is a simple but meaningful way we can thank them for their service and lift their spirits.”

A high resolution copy of the photo can be seen here.

 
Marine gunny walks in Fashion Week NYC show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carlos Cruz   
Friday, 14 September 2012 14:34

Gunnery Sgt. Stephanie Borges, a Rock Island, Ill., native, walks the runway during the "Strut: the fashionable mom" fashion show during Fashion Week NYC, Sept. 10. Borges is the aviation supply chief for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 49 and is the mother of four. The show featured ladies who are both business leaders and mothers.

Marine gunny walks in Fashion Week NYC show

Photo by Randall Clinton

 
Braley Provision to Protect Veterans’ Education Benefits Passes House with Bipartisan Support PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Bowman   
Friday, 14 September 2012 14:33

Measure will block deceptive targeting of vets and increase transparency

Dubuque, IA – Today, the US House passed HR 4057, the Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act, which includes Rep. Braley’s provision to target deceptive marketing practices by some educational institutions by providing veterans with standard information about available higher education options.

“Veterans deserve honest and accessible information about their educational opportunities so they can make informed choices on how to pursue the education they have earned,” Braley said. “This is a positive consumer protection for America’s returning veterans.  I’m encouraged that this proposal attracted such strong bipartisan support.  It shows what’s possible when we put aside party labels and work together to do good for men and women who have sacrificed so much for us.”

Rep. Braley offered his provision as an amendment to HR 4057 in June when the legislation was considered and passed out of the House Veterans Affairs Committee of which Braley is a member.

HR 4057 is part of a package of bipartisan bills authored by Rep. Braley (IA-01), dubbed the “Blueprint for Veterans’ Opportunity”, that was approved by the US House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in June. Braley’s “Blueprint” will help improve economic opportunities and job protections for America’s military veterans. More information on Rep. Braley’s “Blueprint” can be found here: http://go.usa.gov/rf2z

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