USA Patriotism! ... "Showcasing Pride of America"USA Store! ... American / Patriotic themed gift products at USA Patriotism!

Home - Articles - USA's Birth - Great Patriots - Heroes - Honor Halls - Music - Photos
Poems - Quotes - Reference - Speeches - Stars for Troops - Stories - Student Patriots
Videos - New Content
-
About - Contact - Submit - Press - CureNow - Donate

USA Patriotism! YouTube Channel Join / Like the USA Patriotism! Facebook pagePinterestUSA Patriotism! Instagram ChannelUSA Patriotism! at Flickr

Patriotic Articles
Military

Patritoic USA and Military Gifts from The Bradford ExchangeTough Tex USA FlagPatriotic USA Caps

SERE Training To Survive
by U.S. Air National Guard Master Sgt. Daniel Ter Haar
November 12, 2022

Behind enemy lines or in the middle of the wilderness is a place that no pilot would ever like to find themselves. This is where the Master Sgt. Jeff Campbell’s knowledge and experience comes in to play.

As a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape or “SERE” Specialist assigned to the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing, Campbell's expertise helps aircrews survive and return with honor.

This fall, Campbell worked with aircrew members from South Dakota’s 114th Fighter Wing on land and sea survival techniques as well as escape and evasion tactics.

As part of the training, the aircrew members honed their land navigation and evasion skills. The pilots navigated through the woods at Newton Hills State Park using only a compass and a map while “enemy” actors tried to track them.

1st Lt. Scott Greenman, an F-16 pilot assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls South Dakota reads a map with Staff Sgt. Ben Martens during a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape or “SERE” refresher course at Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Daniel Ter Haar.)
1st Lt. Scott Greenman, an F-16 pilot assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls South Dakota reads a map with Staff Sgt. Ben Martens during a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape or “SERE” refresher course at Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Daniel Ter Haar.)

“At the heart of SERE is the “Return With Honor” motto. We spend our careers training aircrew how to get back home, with honor, under any circumstances, whether that be in peacetime, wartime, or hostage environments. If we are not training aircrew to Return With Honor, then we are prepping for personnel recovery operations,” said Campbell.

As a SERE Specialist, Master Sgt. Campbell has a long list of qualifications from courses he has attended in his career including basic survival courses such as Biome Survival Training, Tactical Shooting and Driving and Military Parachuting courses. In addition Campbell has attended several different medical courses such as EMT-B and Wilderness First Responder.

“I am qualified to teach/instruct any Air Force Survival. Evasion. Resistance. Escape (SERE) courses and refresher training for aircrew. I am also worldwide deployable in order to support Personnel Recovery Operations, missions, and training,” said Campbell.

Campbell also mentioned that training with and teaching other units was nothing new to him and that, because of the rigors of the SERE Specialist school and upgrade training, the number of qualified SERE Specialists are relatively few. The small number of SERE Specialists means Campbell stays busy training various units.

“There are SERE Specialists in the Guard, the Reserves, and Active Duty. There just aren't as many in the Guard and Reserves at this time. SERE is beneficial for all Air Force aircrew, not only do I work with and train ANG aircrew, I also go TDY to train and work with Reserve and Active Duty aircrew,” said Campbell.

According to Campbell SERE training isn’t just beneficiary to aircrew, any airmen who enjoy the outdoors should take an interest in SERE.

September 28, 2022 - 1st Lt. Scott Greenman, an F-16 pilot assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls South Dakota navigates to a check point during a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape or “SERE” refresher course at Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Daniel Ter Haar.)
September 28, 2022 - 1st Lt. Scott Greenman, an F-16 pilot assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls South Dakota navigates to a check point during a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape or “SERE” refresher course at Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Daniel Ter Haar.)

“If we can help ensure aircrew make it back home under any kind of peacetime, wartime, or hostage scenario then we can help anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Myself and my peers, would always be happy to impart our survival knowledge on anyone who is willing to learn. I have taught hundreds of offshoot classes to civilians, AFSC's outside of the aircrew world, and other branches of military,” said Campbell.

Air National Guard | Army National Guard | National Guard | U.S. Department of Defense

Our Valiant Troops | I Am The One | Uncommon Valor | Veterans | Citizens Like Us | Spouses Serve Too

SunSetter 20' Telescoping Flagpole with Free American Flag
Satute of Liberty / Flag Mugs and Steins

Tough Tex American Flags

USA, military, and other patriotic themed pullover and button down Polo shirts

Personalized Patriotic Embroidered Shirts

USA Flag and other American Theme Caps and Hats

American Pride: Poems Honoring America and Her Patriots! by David G. Bancroft

"Mere Chance ... A Greatest Generation Story" by David G. Bancroft

Cemetery Woods ... A gripping story of a serial killer seeking revenge  by David G. Bancroft

Waking Dreams by David G. Bancroft