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LINE trains 6th CS troops in deadly hand-to-hand combat

by Airman Jose Climaco
Thunderbolt staff writer

Airman 1st Class J Clark, 6th Communications Squadron satellite and wideband technician, grabs a sentry from behind during training Jan. 14 to carry out a deadly knife attack.

Photo by Airman Jose Climaco


Airmen are finding themselves closer than ever to the battle field these days, but if they find themselves closer to their enemy than their M-16, troops of the 6th Communications Squadron will know how to handle themselves.

Their commander, Lt. Col. Kevin Krause, is making sure of that by requiring they complete a course called Linear Infighting Neural-override Engagement, which translated means kicking tail without a firearm.

LINE is one of the most successful, effective and enduring close-quarter battle systems ever devised for military special forces use, according to Marine Corps Master Sgt. (ret.) Ronald Donvito, who developed the system. The techniques of this hand-to-hand combat program are simple, direct and deadly. They cover every aspect of close combat, including grappling, knife fighting, joint locks and removal of key enemy personnel. It focuses on the theory of causing permanent structural damage to an opponent's body.

In December of 2002, the LINE system of close combat was recognized by the United States Martial Arts Association officially as a martial art, the purpose of this recognition is to reward military personnel who train in military close combat by affording them the opportunity to achieve martial art ranking through their close combat training.

The class is taught by Colonel Krause. He said he learned LINE in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., while attending the Army Command and General Staff College. He underwent 20 days of rigorous training to be certified.

The commander said he decided he would pass the useful combat skills to his troops while he was learning it.

"It's a good self confidence builder. I wanted to bring it back to my squadron and it's a worthwhile thing to know," Colonel Krause added.

His troops realized they could be part of a class which is useful, fun and challenging. 1st Lt. James Carlsen, 6th CS mission systems flight deputy commander, said he took the class to add more tools to his wartime combat skills.

LINE is designed to be easy to learn and memorize its techniques. Students learn by saying each step of a technique while performing it, said Colonel Krause.

That method allows students to perform maneuvers better because it helps them memorize them, said Lieutenant Carlsen.

The class is three weeks long, five days a week, and an hour and a half each day. Two or three new techniques are taught each day until all 26 techniques are covered. Classes include repetitions of each technique learned with different partners, and some physical training such as push ups and crunches.

Students must pass an attack sequence at the end of the course, where each trainee takes on 16 opponents. Perfect technique must be performed during the entire sequence. It's followed by an oral test on memorization of the techniques in order to pass the class, said Colonel Krause.

Airmen who are taking part in the combat class have shown great interest for future classes. Colonel Krause said he would like to schedule more classes to accommodate the growing interest of his troops and invite Airmen from other squadron's to participate in the future.

The goal of teaching the class is "to build a warrior spirit and camaraderie," said Colonel Krause.

Lieutenant Carlsen said he enjoys participating in the class, which is orientated towards team building because individuals improve and can also help others improve by constant repetition.

Hand-to-hand combat training is more common among other services and should be practiced more by Airmen because it's helpful for anyone in uniform to know, Colonel Krause added.

Some Airmen at MacDill have learned useful combat skills in a team building environment, which can save their lives in a combat setting.




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