SERE training takes on new realism

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  • By Senior Airman Noah Johnson
  • 934th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
After two months of preparation, Staff Sgt. Adam Craft, the 934th Airlift Wing's lone full-time Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape Specialist, and members of the 934th Operations Support Flight, converged to provide water survival training to aircrew members of the 934th AW April 17.

The training included survival vest items, parachute disentanglement procedures, how to meet one's needs as an isolated person on a 20-man life raft and a one-man life raft, canopy crawl, as well as rescue procedures.

Sergeant Craft's story marks an important part of the 934th Airlift Wing's history, as he is the first full-time Air Reserve Technician to fill a SERE Specialist slot for the 934th AW.

"I learned of the SERE position while I was working as a civil engineer. I thought it was the right time in my career to broaden my experience." says Sergeant. Craft. "I wanted a more demanding position with more responsibility, which is exactly what I got."
As such, Sergeant Craft decided to cross-train in 2008.
As for this particular weekend's training, Sergeant Craft was in charge of coordinating the efforts of the instructors, providing training plans/ensuring quality and correct information, coordinating with support personnel, and working with local agencies to provide necessary equipment/support.

"Being that it is my first year running this training, I was very pleased with it. Next year I am hoping to guarantee a helicopter to hoist personnel from the water, as I believe that would be one of the most beneficial and exciting training events they could receive."

Sergeant Craft says about the training, "I am excited to learn from this and have an even better show next year."