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Airmen, Soldiers test their fighting skills

Master Sgt. Royce Kerbow 386th Air Expeditionary Wing command post superintendent, coaches his student during an Army combatives tournament match at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia January 22, 2017. Kerbow prepared his students with daily Brazilian jujitsu work outs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

Master Sgt. Royce Kerbow, the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing command post superintendent, coaches his students during an Army combatives tournament match at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Jan. 22, 2017. Kerbow prepared his students with daily Brazilian jujitsu workouts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

Pfc. Pham Viet, Delta 144th Air Defense Artillery wheel mechanic, left, and Senior Airman Dominic Rivera, 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron craftsman, right, stretch before a fight during an Army combatives tournament at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia January 22, 2017. Viet and Rivera both trained daily together to prepare themselves for the mixed martial arts competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

Pfc. Pham Viet, a Delta 144th Air Defense Artillery wheel mechanic, center, and Senior Airman Dominic Rivera, a 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron craftsman, right, stretch before a fight during an Army combatives tournament at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Jan. 22, 2017. Viet and Rivera both trained daily together to prepare themselves for the mixed martial arts competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kenneth McCann)

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Former General of the Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur once said, “On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days, on other fields will bear the fruits of victory.”

Deployed Soldiers and Airmen put this mantra to the test in a friendly combatives tournament at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Jan. 22. The event was hosted by the 368th Engineering Battalion and tried deployed service member’s abilities in mixed martial arts including wrestling, Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai and judo.

Airmen of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen and a Soldier from Delta 144th Air Defense Artillery, prepped for the event by training together daily under the guidance of Master Sgt. Royce Kerbow, the 386th AEW command post superintendent. The coaching and training proved successful because two of Kerbow’s students ended the tournament as victors in their weight division.

The intense training sessions before the tournament consisted of learning and repeating techniques including ‘rolling’ so the students could get a feel for a real match.

“The competitors trained six days a week, two to three hours a night,” Kerbow said. “Our guys won two out of the four weight divisions, so I think we did a good job.”

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Zastrow, a 386th Expeditionary Medical Group bio-environmental technician, trained and fought his way to become the heavyweight division winner. Zastrow had eight years of wrestling experience with the Air Force World Class Athlete Program.

“The competition was tough and the Army ran a great show,” Zastrow said. “I was impressed.”

Zastrow’s victory did not come without dedication and hard work during his Middle East deployment.

“We did a lot of awesome combative training here,” Zastrow said. “For the last couple of weeks before the tournament, we were in there every night.”

The lone Army deployer to train with Kerbow’s Airmen, Pfc. Phan Viet, a Delta 144 ADA wheel mechanic, earned his way to become the lightweight division winner.

“It felt good to win considering how well we trained over the past few months,” Viet said. “The training here was tough.”

Viet and his fellow mixed martial art students didn’t let inter-service rivalry get in the way of preparing for the fight. Though Viet was the only Soldier to train and fight with the Airmen, he said they took him in as one of their own.

“Everyone has been friendly,” Viet said. “ I was the only Army guy around here but they treated me no different, because we all love the sport.”

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