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Opening Remarks

David Marmon November 18, 2020

Hello, my name is David Marmon. I am a Special Operations Strength Conditioning Specialist. I’m currently assigned to an Air Force special operations unit. The ideas that I’m sharing with you in this presentation are my own personal ideas, and they’re not a direct reflection of the United States Air Force. Today we’re going to talk a little bit about the nature of my job and the nature of the guys that I work with in terms of preparing them for the ultimate pinnacle of their professions, which is combat. When I first sat down and met with our command, I wanted to get an idea of what his expectations were in regards to the operators and what he wanted our training to be centered and focused around.

And he threw the word lethal, at me. He said, “I want our guys to be lethal. They need to be prepared to kill bad guys.” And I took that and basically said, “All right, how do I develop some sort of metric or way of measuring lethality between these operators and how do we do that utilizing human performance training?” So we’re going to talk a little bit about that today. Like reverse engineering performance or lethality within an operational special tactics unit. All right. First, we’re going to go over some learning objectives. What we’re going to try to get out of this presentation. The first thing is we’re going to define some key terms, both resiliency and lethality. Those are two big terms that are centered around how my team operates and what we’re trying to get from our training. After that, we’re going to break down the pillars of a special tactics resiliency team. We all work in different settings, but in the military world, our crew of strength coach, athletic trainer, physical therapist, et cetera, et cetera, is referred to as a resiliency team. We’ll talk more about that in a minute.

Number three, we’re going to outline different careers and jobs specialties and special tactics. So you can see that each guy on the team has a different role that they play. And so we’ll go into that just a little bit. So you have a good optic on what they’re asked to do and what their specialties are. We’re going to discuss the competencies of all tactical operators. So regardless of their job specialty, there’s certain things that they need to be proficient in and they have to be checked off annually from a training standpoint so that they can deploy and go into combat. We’re going to talk about some best practices for training and testing tactical operators. Again, there’s a million different ways to train these guys. I’m just going to discuss some of the best practices that we found to yield good results. And then last we’re going to identify some mission challenges faced by the strength conditioning coach and some potential solutions to get over those obstacles.

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