SERE jump training takes place at Fairchild Air Force Base

Headquarters Air Mobility Command Public Affairs
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Date: 12.05.2011
Posted: 12.16.2011 16:41
News ID: 81507
SERE jump training at Fairchild Air Force Base

Story by: Airman 1st Class Taylor Curry
92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Members of the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School at Fairchild Air Force Base held jump training from a helicopter on Dec. 5.

SERE training consists of learning to adapt to all biomes and their associated weather conditions, and surviving various captivity situations, school officials said. One aspect of that training involves being able to properly parachute safely to the ground in any emergency.

Those jumps included static line jumps.

“A static line jump is normally executed at 1,250 feet in the air, and a free-fall jump is normally executed at 12,000 feet,” said Tech. Sgt. Douglas Dinger, SERE specialist.

“The importance of performing JMPI is to ensure all parachuting equipment works as advertised”, added Tech. Sgt. Douglas Dinger, SERE specialist.

In addition to the SERE school, Fairchild AFB is home to the 92nd Air Refueling Wing. The base is located near Spokane, Wash.

The 336th Training Group, U.S. Air Force Survival School, at Fairchild AFB provides SERE training primarily to aircrew members. Instruction concentrates on the principles, techniques, and skills necessary to "survive in any environment and return with honor."

Instructors assigned to the survival school teach seven different courses to approximately 6,500 students annually. Five of the seven courses are taught at Fairchild. The other two courses are conducted at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.