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    SERE: readiness is a mindset

    SERE: readiness is a mindset

    Photo By Airman 1st Class Katie Mullikin | U.S. Airmen assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Wing gather to discuss their next...... read more read more



    Story by Airman 1st Class Katie Mullikin 

    100th Air Refueling Wing   

    ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England. – A group of scattered Airmen breathe in the sharp cold morning air that accompanies the British winters, nipping their noses as they anticipate the day. Eyes peer out over the growth of shrubs on the forest ground, surveying their surroundings. Airmen crouch to remain hidden as they swiftly move in formation towards their target, keeping their senses alert, ready for any signs of danger or hostility.

    The 352nd Special Operations Wing and 100th Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape instructors conducted combat survival and evasion training with Airmen assigned to the 352nd SOW at Thetford, England, Jan. 17, 2023.

    “This training is important to Airmen,” said Tech. Sgt. Jesse Gass, 352nd SOW SERE training noncommissioned officer in charge. “It enables them to do their job and survive if they ever become at high risk of isolation in a hostile environment.”

    Combat survival training is an initial training that aircrew receive at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., and then again at their installation every 36 months by SERE specialists assigned to their units.

    “The target audience for this training is aircrew, but any Airmen that may have a high risk of isolation while performing the mission can benefit from this training as well,” said Gass.

    Combat survival and evasion training is conducted 12 times a year for over 300 Airmen in the tri-base area.

    “This training is really important for our [Air Force Speciality Code] and our survival,” said 352nd SOW personnel and participant. “I wish we did it more often to become more proficient at combat survival.”

    The training contains techniques and procedures that teach Airmen on how to avoid hostile environments, evade capture and approach peaceful and hostile threats. Throughout the training, Airmen are challenged by developing survival plans and evasion movements, and being combatant on the ground.

    “It’s important that Airmen know how to respond if their mission goes sideways, and understand they are no longer just aircrew, but also an isolated survivor in a hostile environment,” said Gass.

    The U.K. government allows the U.S. military to conduct necessary training and activities in forward locations to expand their environmental experiences and readiness. Conducting training in forward locations enables tri-base Airmen to simulate realistic scenarios and increase familiarity in the European area of responsibility.

    “As an instructor, my goal is to relate this training to any situation that they can find themselves in when regionally deployed,” said Gass.

    The SERE personnel here train and support 1,200 Airmen among three major commands including: Air Combatant Command, Air Force Special Operations Command and the U.S. Air Force in Europe Command. They conduct combat survival and evasion, land navigation, water survival, auto injector, hoist, jump, emergency parachute and Code of Conduct continuation training.

    “All service members receive basic scenario training when they enter the military, but don’t receive any field skills such as land navigation and survival evasion,” said Gass. “Survival training makes Airmen more effective; it’s the foundation to SERE.”

    SERE instructors brief local area survival information to all new aircrew members when they first arrive at their installation. Also, they are responsible for serving as personnel recovery coordinators in deployed locations, where they assist rescue forces and recovery operations.

    “Being prepared is a mindset, and training keeps our Airmen situationally aware and ready,” said Gass. “From a car accident to a hostage situation, being prepared isn’t just necessary for your military career, but for everyday life.”



    Date Taken: 01.17.2024
    Date Posted: 01.29.2024 03:54
    Story ID: 462609

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