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Hill Airmen Take Martial Arts Before Deploying

Hill Airmen Take Martial Arts Before Deploying

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) -- Airmen are getting a little hand-to-hand combat training before they head to Iraq.

A program being developed at Hill Air Force Base teaches airmen martial arts tactics to defend themselves when their weapons aren't working or available.

The commander of the 75th Security Forces Squadron started the U-S Air Force Martial Arts Combat School. Major Doug Ballinger says anyone from the 75th Air Base Wing being deployed will go through the training.

Two hundred airmen will be trained over the next two weeks.

Ballinger says the training is in response to terrorists training in self-defense.

He says the Air Force needs a standard system across the board and hopes his program can help spawn something universal down the road.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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