#SAAM: DET 4 Conducts Self Defense Training for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By Lt. Brian Holmes – NMCB-11 – Det-4

BAGRAM, Afghanistan — Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Detachment 4  took part in personal defense training on April 14th as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a nationwide initiative to raise awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. 

The self defense course, taught by Navy Chief Logistics Specialist Juan Alvergue, a Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and Marine Staff Sergeant Larry Jones, a certified Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) instructor focused on proficiency in simple unarmed combat techniques that will enable a would-be victim of sexual violence to disable an attacker and escape to safety. 

 Utilitiesman 3rd Class Taylor Cook, from Paris, Texas said “it was very motivational …. a good course, and it’s something everyone should know – how to defend themselves.”  The techniques that the Seabees learned, which included escaping from various holds and grabs, punching and kicking techniques, and basic grappling and throws, are designed to allow a smaller and/or weaker person to use the size and strength of his/her attacker against them, creating a window of opportunity to escape or call for help. 

120414-N-SE304-001 BAGRAM, Afghanistan (April 14, 2012) Engineering Aide Constructionman Elizabeth Smith, attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, Detachment 4, sends Chief Logistics Specialist Juan Alverque tumbling down while practicing a self defense technique, while Utilitiesman Third Class Taylor Cook and Lt. j.g. Brian Meyers look on. Det 4 recently participated in a self defense skills course as part of the nationwide Sexual Assault Awareness Month. NMCB-11 is homeported in Gulfport, Miss., and is deployed to Afghanistan to conduct general, mobility, survivability engineering operations, defensive operations, Afghan National Army partnering and detachment of units in combined/joint operations area - Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by LCDR Chris Coggins/Released)

For Builder Third Class Amanda L. Glover, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, the training was fun in addition to teaching her practical skills.  She particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to throw some of her fellow Seabees around the mat, saying afterwards, “I enjoyed the training so much that I’m going to start going to MCMAP training at night”

The Seabees of Det-4 are conducting training and special events throughout the month of April to raise awareness and prevent sexual violence.

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