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20th FSS hosts search, recovery exercise

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron mark the coordinates of a found object during a search and recovery exercise at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 23, 2018.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron mark the coordinates of a found object during a search and recovery exercise at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 23, 2018. By pinpointing the location of found objects after an aircraft accident, civil engineers help investigators recreate the scene to determine what happened. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney)

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 20th Force Support Squadron explains how search and recovery tags work prior to an exercise at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 23, 2018.

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 20th Force Support Squadron explains how search and recovery tags work prior to an exercise at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 23, 2018. Upon finding an item after an aircraft accident, Airmen are required to bag and tag the evidence for further use by investigators or, in the case of personal effects, to pass them on to surviving family members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney)

U.S. Airmen practice walking in a search and recovery line during an exercise at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 23, 2018.

U.S. Airmen practice walking in a search and recovery line during an exercise at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 23, 2018. During search and recovery, Airmen take a synchronized step and then search their surrounding area for items of interest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The 20th Force Support Squadron hosted an exercise to practice search and recovery efforts with the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron and the 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, May 23.

The event simulated a downed F-16D Fighting Falcon, which allowed the units to practice handling an aircraft emergency.

“I think working with the CES gave us experience on how things would actually be,” said Staff Sgt. Tykeas Holland, 20th FSS resource advisor. “When we have exercises everyone should be involved. … Now we know it’s a whole team effort to get things done, they played a big role.”

During the exercise, Airmen worked together scanning for simulated human remains and personal effects, documenting incident evidence and plotting the scene via GPS coordinates.

Afterward, the participants gathered to discuss what happened, what was learned and what could be made better.

“Hot washes point out the good, the bad, the things you need more training on or need to improve on and if there’s any equipment problems,” said Master Sgt. Tyree Glenn, 20th CES lead Wing Inspection Team member. “(For example,) we deal with a lot of electronic equipment, but we can’t always depend on it. If we run into that issue now, during a real-world operation we can avoid that and we’ll have mastered the back-up system.”

By participating in joint training, 20th FW units can better prepare themselves for real-world emergencies and ensure the mission, Airmen and families are taken care of during aircraft accidents.