498th CSSB Combatives School has first female instructor
DAEGU GARRISON — Sgt. Teddra Rodriguez is the first female instructor at the 498th Combat Susutainment Support Battalion Combatives School on Camp Carroll, and already she’s made quite an impression.
The Camp Carroll Soldier took to the mat to compete in the Eighth Army Combatives Tournament held May 3-4 at the Seoul American High School Falcon Gym, on Yongsan, placing second in the flyweight division. Present at the event, Eighth Army Commander Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson shared that the Combatives Tournament not only gave Soldiers the chance to compete, but also enabled them to hone that fighting spirit that makes the U.S. Army the most successful combat force in history.
“The Modern Army Combatives (MAC) Program gives Soldiers hand-tohand combat training,” said Rodriguez. “It is a very necessary part of self defense on the battlefield. The Army at war ensures that every Soldier is equipped not only with the proper weaponry and ammunition, but with the ability to defend himself if that equipment happens to malfunction.”
The 498th Soldier went on to explain that her interest in combatives began in 2009 after returning from a combat deployment and being assigned to the 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, for a brief time. It was a fellow Soldier who encouraged and motivated her enough to attend combatives school.
“After going through level one training, I got hooked.”
In 2010, Sgt. Rodriguez certified in Combatives Levels one through four. Today, her accomplishments serve as a shining example and inspiration for other female Soldiers interested in learning combatives.
“The MAC Program is not just for males,” she said. “I’d like to encourage more female Soldiers not only to go through level one, but to complete level four to be able to be stronger and confident. Being in the military, in my point of view, all females need to be more athletic and tough. Again, this program isn’t just for those in combat arms specialties, it’s for everybody.”
As a Soldier, an instructor, and a mother of three kids, she has many roles but she has never neglected her Army training.
“I work out everyday, and train Soldiers during the lunch period or after work. I talk and walk through the training with the students until they are both confident and familiar with the drill or movement being taught.
“Safety is always my number one concern and that’s something I enforce throughout my training sessions,” rodriguez concluded. “As a combatives instructor, I ensure that each Soldier learns the techniques and gets the bestpossible training within a controlled environment. The students will then practice the drill until the instructor is satisfied that each and every student is conducting the drill safely and correctly.”