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Tony Blauer, founder of Blauer Tactical Systems Inc., instructs Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists during a week-long Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response System course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 27, 2017. The SPEAR System takes advantage of the human body’s startle/flinch mechanism to convert an aggressor’s attack into a tactical counter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski) SERE meets SPEAR: Specialists convene for unique combative course
Your transport aircraft has just crashed in a remote and hostile environment. You and only a handful of other troops have survived the crash. As you survey the surroundings, you notice a crowd of local inhabitants running toward the wreckage screaming wildly, with brows furrowed and fists clenched. The level of fear inside you begins to skyrocket. You’re now scanning the crowd for its weakest links, trying to formulate a progressive strategy with the little time you have before they make contact. Which combative system are you most confident to employ in order to save your own life? Self-defense is a major component of support provided by Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists to troops who have a high risk of isolation in theater, such as downed-pilots and operators. Late last month, SERE specialists across the 23d Wing, along with Pararescuemen from the 68th Formal Training Unit convened at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., to attend a one-week personal defense course led by a special guest.
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U.S. Airmen form the 55th Rescue Squadron pose for a group photo in front of an HH-60G Pave Hawk at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 21, 2016.  The 55th RQS operates out of D-M but falls under the 23d Wing headquartered at Moody AFB, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier) 55th RQS: These things we do, that others may live
(This story is part of the “55th RQS series” which highlights the different AFSCs associated with the unit.) Combat search and rescue plays a major role in the mission set of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The 55th Rescue Squadron focuses on training and executing CSAR missions by employing the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter.
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Pararescuemen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron load gear on an HH-60G Pave Hawk in preparation for alternate insertion/extraction training at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 18, 2016.  The 48th RQS deploys worldwide in support of national security objectives and homeland defense, providing highly trained experts capable of quickly and effectively executing personnel recovery operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier) 48th RQS maintains AIE proficiency
Pararescuemen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron load gear on an HH-60G Pave Hawk in preparation for alternate insertion/extraction training at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 18, 2016. The 48th RQS deploys worldwide in support of national security objectives and homeland defense, providing highly trained experts capable of quickly and
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaron Diver, 55th Helicopter Maintenance Unit HH-60G maintenance journeyman, marshals an HH-60G Pave Hawk for takeoff at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 8, 2017. The 55th HMU is under the 923d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and operates 24/7 to make sure the aircraft are ready to fly for any mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier) 55th RQS: The maintainers that keep HH-60Gs flying
(This story is part of the “55th RQS series” which highlights the different AFSCs associated with the unit.) The 55th Rescue Squadron conducts training missions on a regular basis, but when the HH-60G Pave Hawk is grounded, a completely different crew handles the aircraft.
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