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  • SERE-ious training

    Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape specialists are experts on how to survive in the most remote and hostile environments in the world. Along with teaching water survival courses, SERE specialists at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, train aircrew personnel on an array of skills from making a basic shelter to escaping an active pursuant.
  • SERE: Teaching How to Survive

    The armed forces puts a great emphasis on ensuring these pilots are safe and have the knowledge and skills to make it home safe in any situation they might endure. This responsibility heavily lies on the shoulders of the United States Air Force’s survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) specialist, whose main job is to train aircrew and other military personnel how to survive in a variety of environments and conditions.
  • SERE: learning to survive at sea

    To develop these skills necessary to stay alive after bailing out over the ocean, aircrew from the 389th and 391st Fighter Squadrons attended water survival training taught by SERE specialists Staff Sgt. David Chorpenning and Tech. Sgt. Timothy Emkey.
  • Shaw Airmen, USCG hone joint water rescue skills

    Teaming up with U.S. Coast Guardsmen from Tybee Island Coast Guard Station, Georgia, the Shaw Weasels traveled 25 nautical miles offshore to simulate downed pilot search and recovery efforts.
  • Getting to know the Code of Conduct: Articles I-III

    A hard truth about war is that not every service member is going to make it back to friendly territory after a mission and may fall into the clutches of the enemy.
  • 347th Rescue Group initiates new medical, survival training

    Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists and Independent Duty Medical Technicians recently partnered to innovate a more realistic training experience for 23d Wing aircrew. The training is designed to merge many smaller courses into one three-day course that seamlessly ties together different skills that could be used together in the event that Airmen become isolated during a mission.
  • Exercise Stealth Guardian enhances rescue capabilities in multiple environments

    As a pilot stands in a forest, seemingly devoid of human life, he is watched – by friend and foe. The quiet serenity of the woodlands erupts with the whirling of helicopter blades and the incoming of simulated opposing forces, his rescue or his demise still uncertain.
  • SERE meets SPEAR: Specialists convene for unique combative course

    Your transport aircraft has just crashed in a remote and hostile environment. You and only a handful of other troops have survived the crash. As you survey the surroundings, you notice a crowd of local inhabitants running toward the wreckage screaming wildly, with brows furrowed and fists clenched. The level of fear inside you begins to skyrocket. You’re now scanning the crowd for its weakest links, trying to formulate a progressive strategy with the little time you have before they make contact. Which combative system are you most confident to employ in order to save your own life? Self-defense is a major component of support provided by Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists to troops who have a high risk of isolation in theater, such as downed-pilots and operators. Late last month, SERE specialists across the 23d Wing, along with Pararescuemen from the 68th Formal Training Unit convened at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, to attend a one-week personal defense course led by a special guest.
  • Singapore AF enhances Red Flag 17-2

    As the Singapore CH-47 Chinook’s twin rotors build speed and spin in unison, a loud but calming hum fills the interior of the helicopter. Seven Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) specialists sit with their gear in front of them, parachutes on their backs.
  • Warrior exercise integrates Air Force, U.S. Marine search and rescue mission

    Exercise Coronet Warrior 17-01 was a two-day event that tested the abilities of the 4th Fighter Wing members to complete contingency operations at an overseas location in our current area of responsibility. Members of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina and Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, completed a simulated rescue mission during CW 17-01. The scenario consisted of a simulated crash of an F-15E Strike Eagle. Capts. Steve Keck, and Cody Williams, 336th Fighter Squadron pilot and weapon systems officer respectively, acted as the downed aircrew from the simulated crash. Their goal was to give rescue crews a precise location to conduct rescue procedures. The aircrew were able to utilize a field for cover while awaiting help, who rescued them within an hour.
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