[TSgt Cunningham] The Flight Equipment Shop is responsible for equipping the pilots with all their proper gear along with the proper training. Pilot survival training is every 40 months or every AEF cycle. It is designed to show the pilot what to do in the event of an unfortunate aircraft mishap.
[SrA Sadowski] So automatically you’re already sending a signal out and saying you’ve ejected out of the aircraft and that you're coming down. So as you’re coming down from the air, what are some things here in day light that you can kind of be looking out for in the area?
[Off screen voice] Concealment.
[SrA Sadowski] When you’re up there you can see a lot further than when you’re on the ground. So you want to look for water if you can see any water areas, if you can see any small villages, you know you’ll want to stay away from that, any roads that you might come across, anything that might help you once you hit the ground. You’ll want to gather up your equipment anything that you need that is necessary/ Your survival kit, try and grab that. It’s going to be all open, so you might want to grab your rucksack, you got the backpack one, you might want to throw over your shoulder. Whatever’s going to help you survive. Keep low, surround your areas, when you cross the road, make sure you try to go cross ways so you’re not looking like you’re going into the side. When you evade from your initial drop zone you’re going to want to go to your EPA which is east but you will also want to go in a zig-zag pattern. You don’t want to go straight there because that’s going to lead them to exactly where you’re going.
[TSgt Tussing] So you got the 5 phases of evasion we got going on and right now you guys have gone through initial movement. Moving on to the hole up sight. You want to hydrate, take care of yourself. If you got any major injuries, Doc Reynolds will go over briefly a few of the injuries you might occur.
[Lt Col Reynolds-off cam] We always used to say airway first, breathing, circulation. So establishing an airway first, well they changed that. They changed the acronym to MARCH. Massive hemorrhage control first then airway then respiration or breathing problems then circulation and “h” is hypothermia, to keep yourself from getting cold. But the bottom line is by teaching the guys to control hemorrhage first, you save a lot more lives. So, like I said that tourniquet is in one of these pockets, its real simple to apply and if you can get that thing on if you’re bleeding massively, you can prevent yourself from bleeding to death.
[TSgt Tussing] So you’ve taken care of any type of medical issues you might have and hopefully you’ve got yourself hydrated with some of the water that’s in here. In an environment like this, you go this taller vegetation, as you walk through you notice that there’s a lot of, there’s a few swells in here- kind of up and down, you might want to find yourself to be in there and hole up and wait for instructions. So where are those instructions going to come from? The radio. With that being said for the scenario, we’re going to have you move in a heading of 107 to the next station and you’ll get further instructions from there.
Remember don’t make a straight line, you’re going to zig-zag, conceal yourself, watch where you step.
[CMSgt Managhan] We’re going to talk about evasion movement and navigation here. Avoid silhouetting in the sunlight. Movement attracts attention. So move very slowly and with purpose. Of course the whole thing here is don’t ever move if you don’t have to. Any no-light, low-light. Anytime you would not travel at night is?
[CMSgt Managhan] If the terrain is too rough that you’d end up hurting yourself. Look, listen, watch down the road before you move. I’m going to send you on to your recovery site.
[MSgt LaGrange] We’ve navigated to our recovery site. You’ve been told that at 11 o’clock, 11am that you’re to use your primary signaling device, which is your signal mirror, ok? He’s flashing in a south-southwest direction at 11 o’clock. He’s just received a message on his radio, that he’s to come out in a non-threatening posture, slowly, quietly, walk across the road. Stay low and wait for authentication. Provide pertinent information to them, inform recovery forces of operational developments. Be prepared to be treated as a captive until you’re authenticated.
[TSgt Cunningham-of cam Voice Over] It was a successful day. When a pilot ejection happens you never know where you’re going to be, who you’re going to be with, or what’s going to be around you. The training today will help these pilots throughout their career. Also available in high definition
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