A group of security forces Airmen gather around a beat-up Dodge Stratus. It’s no longer in running condition but serves its purpose as a training aid for the unit.
The Airmen are watching a struggle between three of their counterparts that is taking place in the driver-seat of the vehicle. They cheer on the Airmen as the struggle wages on.
One Airman, who is playing the role of a subject, is clinging onto the steering wheel while two others are working to extract him from the vehicle.
The conflict is like a game of inches, neither side wanting to give up precious ground. The struggle continues for more than five minutes, both sides working to establish a more dominant position.
There is a moment when it seems as though the training should be stopped, End of Exercise or ENDEX, as if ending the moment in a draw. However, like the real-world scenarios that the Airmen are training for, there will be no ENDEX, the training continues until a solution is achieved.
The lead instructor, sounds off and encourages the Airmen to continue to problem solve and try to find a solution. The struggle continues.
After the lengthy stalemate, the two Airmen back out of the vehicle and switch positions. One works to break the subject’s grasp on the steering wheel then grabs his legs, while the other locks on with a head and arm clinch hold. This time they execute with more precision, pulling the subject free from the vehicle and subduing him on the ground after a brief struggle.
It may have taken longer than the other interactions, but the Airmen worked through adversity, made adjustments, re-engaged and accomplished the task at hand.
This was just one of the many tasks the 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron Airmen completed during a three-day course on defensive tactics held by Progressive F.O.R.C.E Concepts July 11-13 in Middletown, Pennsylvania.