Workshop demonstrates vigilance to spouses

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Air Commando spouses participated in the Vigilance and Personal Safety Workshop here, March 31.

The event, hosted by the Stroller Warriors Running Club, lasted two hours and was designed to teach individuals physical defensive techniques necessary to escape an assault.

“Being the most deployed base in the Air Force, the spouses need to learn self-safety precautions,” said Annette Griffin, coordinator for the Stroller Warriors Running Club here. “[Spouses] should be empowered and confident, not scared when they’re out.”

The workshop was instructed by members of the Vigilance Group organization.

The Vigilance Group is an organization that offers individuals the opportunity to experience preventive security training to help avoid danger and learn what to do if violence is not preventable.

Michael “Moose” Moore, founder and CEO of The Vigilance Group, said he has a strong belief that everyone has the right to be safe and wants to help others protect themselves.

During the workshop, Moore provided a presentation on awareness, avoidance and actions to take during various assaults such as being attacked while alone and during home invasions.

Attendees also participated in a hands-on demonstration to learn simple techniques such as hammer fists, palm strikes, chock defenses and bear hug escapes.

“I definitely [learned a lot],” said Morgan Nichols, a member of the Stroller Warriors Running Club. “I believe this is something [everyone] should learn.”

Along with self-defense and survival techniques, this workshop taught skillful observations, situational recognition and danger avoidance to reduce exposure to attack.