Reserve rescue aircrews brush up on survival training

SERE refresher training

Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Domian, second from right, and Staff Sgt. Cody Thacker, right, 308th Rescue Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists, instruct 39th and 301st RQS aircrew on basic survival techniques including shelter building and land navigation Nov. 6, 2017 at the Malabar Annex, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Eighteen Citizen Airmen attended the two-day SERE training session Nov. 5-6, 2017 that included one day of classroom instruction, followed by a day of field exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

SERE refresher training

Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Domian, front right, 308th Rescue Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, trains 920th Rescue Wing aircrew members in land navigation Nov. 6, 2017 at the Malabar Annex, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. SERE instructors with the 308th RQS along with Citizen Airmen from the 920th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment section conducted a two-day training session for 18 aircrew members covering everything from basic survival skills like building a fire and shelter to evading the enemy. Aircrew members are required to undergo a SERE refresher course every three years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

SERE refresher training

Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Domian, 308th Rescue Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, trains 920th Rescue Wing aircrew members in land navigation Nov. 6, 2017 at the Malabar Annex, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. SERE instructors with the 308th RQS along with Citizen Airmen from the 920th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment section conducted a two-day training session for 18 aircrew members covering everything from basic survival skills like building a fire and shelter to evading the enemy. Aircrew members are required to undergo a SERE refresher course every three years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

SERE refresher training

From left to right: Maj. Dan Searles, Lt. Col. Bobby Seitz, Tech. Sgt. Torrian Stutts, and Lt. Col. Wilfred Rodriguez, 39th Rescue Squadron aircrew, come up with a game plan to navigate their way back to base camp while evading the “enemy” during a survival, evasion, resistance and escape refresher course exercise Nov. 6, 2017 at the Malabar Annex, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Eighteen aircrew members with the 39th and 301st Rescue Squadrons attended the two-day SERE training session Nov. 5-6, 2017 that included one day of classroom instruction, followed by a day of field exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

SERE refresher training

Staff Sgt. Jarrod Burgess, 920th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment specialist, briefs 920th Rescue Wing survival, evasion, resistance and escape refresher course students on the rules of engagement after dropping them off in a remote location within the Malabar Annex, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 6, 2017. The team had to put their training to work as they navigated their way back to base camp, while evading the “enemy.” Eighteen Citizen Airmen attended the two-day SERE training session Nov. 5-6, 2017 that included one day of classroom instruction, followed by a day of field exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

SERE refresher training

Citizen Airmen with the 39th and 301st Rescue Squadrons file into the woods for more hands-on survival, evasion, resistance and escape training before splitting into teams and putting their skills to the test Nov. 6, 2017 at the Malabar Annex, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. SERE instructors with the 308th Rescue Squadron along with Citizen Airmen from the 920th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment section conducted a two-day training session for 18 aircrew members covering everything from basic survival skills like building a fire and shelter to evading the enemy. Aircrew members are required to undergo a SERE refresher course every three years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

SERE refresher training

Staff Sgt. Cody Thacker, 308th Rescue Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape instructor, hides in a shelter he made using palm fronds and other natural materials he found in the woods of Malabar Annex, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 6, 2017 during a SERE refresher course. Eighteen aircrew members with the 39th and 301st Rescue Squadron attended a two-day SERE training session Nov. 5-6, 2017 that included one day of classroom instruction, followed by a day of field exercises. Aircrew members are required to undergo a SERE refresher course every three years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

SERE refresher training

Master Sgt. Justin Neal, 39th Rescue Squadron radio operator, keeps track of survival, evasion, resistance and escape refresher course teams in the field Nov. 6, 2017 during an exercise at Malabar Annex, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. The teams, comprised of 4-5 Citizen Airmen, were dropped off in remote areas of the annex and had to navigate their way back to base camp, while evading the “enemy.” Eighteen aircrew members with the 39th and 301st Rescue Squadrons attended the two-day SERE training session Nov. 5-6, 2017 that included one day of classroom instruction, followed by a day of field exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Survival, evasion, resistance and escape instructors with the 308th Rescue Squadron along with aircrew flight equipment specialists with the 920th Operations Support Squadron conducted a two-day SERE training session for 18 aircrew members Nov. 5-6.

The Reserve Citizen Airmen, with the 39th and 301st Rescue Squadrons, spent the first day in the classroom, followed by hands-on training in the wilderness of the Malabar Annex, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Instructors demonstrated how to build a fire, create shelter, navigate through the woods, and evade the enemy before dividing the group into four smaller groups and putting their skills to the test in an exercise.

Aircrew members have to undergo a SERE refresher course every three years. The 920th Rescue Wing offers the course two to three times a year.