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Chad Malmberg

Captain Chad Malmberg, USA, Retired is a police officer working in his department's Training Unit, and has over 20 years of experience in the U.S. Army and Minnesota Army National Guard (MNARNG). Chad’s military service began as a U.S. Army Paratrooper at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he represented the 82nd Airborne Division as a boxer and was introduced to many of the empty hand combatives techniques that are being used in law enforcement today.


Chad was the first Level 4, Master Army Combatives Instructor in the MNARNG and has trained more than one thousand Soldiers in the Modern Army Combatives Program. Chad served as both a competitor and the Head Coach of the MNARNG Combatives Competition Team. Under his leadership, the MNARNG Team won several National titles and fought against some of the most elite military personnel in the world.


Chad volunteered for a deployment to Iraq in 2005, where he served as an Infantry Squad Leader and Convoy Commander. Chad led soldiers in more than 20 firefights during his tour spanning 22 months. In 2007 Governor Tim Pawlenty awarded Chad the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom. This distinction makes him the highest decorated soldier in the MNARNG since World War II.

Since commissioning as an Army Officer in 2009, Chad has served as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Reconnaissance Platoon Leader. Chad has completed a 2 year assignment as Company Commander of a Mechanized Infantry Unit in a Combined Arms Battalion. During this time, Chad was responsible for training and leading more than 200 soldiers in preparation for combat operations around the world. Prior to his retirement in 2018, Chad supervised and mentored a platoon of Army Officer Candidates at the Regional Training Institute at Camp Ripley, MN.

Chad has been a Police Officer for more than 10 years. He is now permanently assigned to his department's Training Unit where he has revolutionized the department's defensive tactics program. Additionally, Chad is a S.W.A.T. Operator, Master Taser Instructor, Lead Use of Force Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and Field Training Officer.

Chad continues to train and compete as a combat sports athlete and mixed martial artist. He has represented his police department as the co-main event at the annual Unite and Fight boxing exhibition two years in a row. Chad currently holds the rank of purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Pedro Sauer Black Belt, Tom Schmitz.