Crestview's McKeon in combat for the love of it

Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 at 10:41 AM.

McKeon’s passion for the sport lives on more than four years later. Now stationed here with the Lancer Battalion, he has competed in multiple postwide combatives tournaments. He never won —until the Feb. 20-23 Fort Hood Combatives Tournament, in which McKeon placed first in the cruiserweight category.

"After the fight, I was smiling from ear to ear. I couldn't stop it because it just felt like there was a lot of weight that was lifted off my shoulders," McKeon said.

Goal: win four in a row

Hoping to earn a spot on the Fort Hood Combatives Team and compete in the All-Army Tournament this summer, McKeon joined Ironhorse's combatives team.

"McKeon contributed overall leadership with his experience as a noncommissioned officer as well as a fighter," Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel O'Brien said. O'Brien is a senior noncommissioned officer of the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the Ironhorse Brigade and Ironhorse combatives coach. "He was able to assist in coaching the team with his experience in combatives."

O’Brien said that McKeon's recreational involvement with fighting helped with the rest of the team.

The Fort Hood Combatives Team used last month’s tournament to choose recruits for the All-Army Combatives Tournament.

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