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SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Senior Airman Justin Carson, 20th Fighter Wing survival evasion resistance and escape specialist,demonstrates to 20th FW pilots how to board a one-man liferaft during water survival training at Shaw's Wateree Recreation Area recently. SERE Specialists train aircrew and other high-risk personnel on how to survive in many different scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Matt Davis)
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SERE Water Survival

Posted 7/23/2009   Updated 7/31/2009 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Matt Davis
20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

7/23/2009 - SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Senior Airman Justin Carson, 20th Fighter Wing Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, instructed 20th FW pilots on different water survival techniques they could use in a real-world survival situation.

The pilots learned from many different training scenarios like open ocean survival and how to disentangle themselves from a parachute while submerged in water.

This training could potentially save these pilot's lives one day if found in a survival situation. It's the SERE specialist's job to maintain the aircrew's readiness on personnel recovery and evading capture.

Lake Wateree was the site for the water survival training and Shaw Air Force Base Wateree Staff helped with providing an area for this event. 

Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape provides a very important asset to today's Air Force and its operations. This training helps keep all Airmen prepared to meet the elements in any situation. Water survival is essential for Shaw pilots to maintain operational readiness.

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