Team Minot’s SWAT to capture university crowd

3 May

Team Minot’s SWAT to Capture University Crowd

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Being part of the 91st Security Forces Squadron Tactical Response Force is one of the most physically demanding jobs that security forces personnel can be a part of Minot Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jesse Lopez

5/3/2012 – MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Several members of Minot’s own SWAT team are headed to the National Strength & Conditioning Association Regional Convention held in Minneapolis, Minn. May 5 – 6.

Recently, Capt. Neil Colvin, 91st Security Forces Group Tactical Response Force commander, and his wife Ty were invited to speak for the North Central Region on one of their most recent projects they have been working on with Minot’s very own TRF.  They will discuss Functional Movement Screenings they have conducted with members.  “For nearly two years we vigorously worked to improve Minot’s specialized physical capabilities with nuclear SWAT team members,” stated Captain Colvin.

A few months ago, The Defense Video Image & Distribution System published some of their more action-packed projects. This year, the NSCA Regionals will highlight some of these methods to the general public.

Ty Colvin, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Licensed Athletic Trainer, is in a doctoral residency to study Human Performance Optimization with Minot AFB TRF members.

By using the Functional Movement Screen scientific test, she created original research initiatives with the TRF to reduce chances of getting hurt while performing specialized duties.  The FMS is a scientific way of analyzing complex human movements. TRF-specialized line missions require nuclear SWAT members to repeatedly gear up with more than 120 pounds in equipment. Colvin discovered a clear pathway after comparing functional data among nuclear SWAT specialized jobs.  “The more experienced the sniper or breacher, the more evidence of sharp adaptation. When we map these patterns, it tells us how to sustain, build, and optimize each warfighter to reach mission goals,” said Ty Colvin.

Senior Airman Luis Velasquez, 91st SFG TRF member, was a force multiplier for TRF. Velasquez helped establish key components of how to quickly film teams of Breachers, Advanced Designated Marksmen (snipers), and Assaulters.  Initially, it took Ty six hours to biomechanically establish data for a single Airman. This would be typical if TRF were referred to a clinic, but in real life it was translating too slowly and only benefited a select few.

Velasquez helped bridge the gap between science and application. He helped the team switch to a multiple video camera format in order to record screenings, which helped to speed up capabilities.  “By teaming on-site, we developed a specialized group screen that can identify our entire unit in one day,” explained Ty Colvin.  Velasquez added he knew the job was affecting them physically, but with the FMSs, they could find out what physical areas they lack strength in and they could find out how to start improving them.  When the Minnesota NSCA Advisory Board staff asked Minot to present, Ty Colvin knew she had to bring the integrated team to demonstrate this optimized performance capability.

At the Conference, Captain Colvin and his wife will present a seminar lecture and video on day one, while Airman 1st Class Isai Reyes, 91st SFG TRF member, and Velasquez will lead the technical aspects of the program on day two for each of the four separate hours of hands-on skill sessions for the NSCA NCR participants.

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Ty Colvin, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Licensed Athletic Trainer, works with Senior Airman Luis Velasquez, 91st Security Forces Group Tactical Response Force member, in a doctoral physical assessment at Minot Air Force Base. TRF members are currently participating in a doctoral study which assesses any physical weaknesses or injuries they may have and works to correct those impediments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Crawford)


One Response to “Team Minot’s SWAT to capture university crowd”

  1. Olli Warelius May 28, 2012 at 6:18 am #

    good post, added you to my RSS reader.

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