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    First Sgt. Clifton Thompson (top) and Spc. Shannon Gray, both with the 171st Engineer Company out of St. Pauls, N.C., fight to pin each other to the ground while grappling during a combatives class held at the 171st’s armory March 2, 2013. Towards the end of the class, soldiers had an opportunity to challenge any one of the other soldiers to a match. This gave the soldiers an opportunity to test their skills and build their individual and team confidence. The 171st is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in the fall in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.