U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and U.S. Navy conduct first combat search and rescue exercise on Guam Photo By Airman 1st Class Gerald Willis | A U.S. Airman from the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron descends from a U.S. Navy MH-60… read more
U.S. Service members completed a joint combat search and rescue exercise to practice survival, evasion, resistance and escape procedures in a controlled combat environment.
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and U.S. Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five joined forces with a joint quick response force of U.S. Soldiers from Task Force Talon and U.S. Naval Special Warfare members on June 5, 2017, at Andersen South Air Force Base, Guam.
The exercise began with a simulated B-1B Lancer crash due to mechanical failure, leaving the aircrew isolated to survive and evade from simulated enemy forces in the jungle of Andersen South. Andersen South was once a housing development that is now used for urban warfare training by all military branches on Guam.
The joint QRF was called into the area to locate and move the isolated personnel from the combat zone to a designated landing zone for extraction. HSC-25 provided close air support with the use of an MH-60 Seahawk helicopter and simulated hoisting and extracting the aircrew to end the exercise.
“Combat can be pretty rough and put you in tough situations,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ryan Hyslop, Air Force Global Strike Command Det. 4 SERE specialist. “My team set up this practice run, so we could test the aircrew’s SERE training and the joint personnel recovery teams at Andersen South.”
SERE training is given to all aircrew members early and often. Putting the on-paper tactics to use in a simulated real-world exercise can allow the military personnel to fall back on training in a life or death situation.
“We were out here for about four hours going through everything from hitting the ground to being hoisted up into the helicopter,“ said U.S. Air Force Capt. Roni Yadlin, 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron pilot. “These types of situations can be very emotionally driven, so it helps to be able to revert back to prior training.“
Even with the best SERE training, the end goal of the exercise was to locate and recover isolated service members as fast and safely as possible. The joint QRF was called into the training environment to perform simulated real world tactics with opposition forces, firing blanks and closing in on their position.
“Task Force Talon was able to locate and provide security for the aircrew as the aggression forces started pouring in,” Hyslop said. “The small arms fire allowed TFT to flex and do a great job suppressing the aggressors and call in for close air support.”
The QRF was able to defeat the enemy forces by means of mounted M240 machine guns, MH-60 Seahawk provided close air support and an additional B-1B Lancer putting simulated bombs on targets called in by the […]