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March 21, 2014

Combat Search, Rescue participate in Red Flag 14-2

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

A U.S. Air Force Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape specialist (left), and a Belgian military member scan the area while participating in a combat search and rescue exercise during Red Flag 14-2 March 11 on the Nevada Test and Training Range. Red Flag exercises have evolved to include all aspects of air warfare including CSAR operations.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. lands at an extraction point while participating in a combat search and rescue exercise during Red Flag 14-2 March 11 on the Nevada Test and Training Range. Red Flag provides combat training in a degraded and operationally limited environment making the training missions as realistic as possible with-out actually being in combat. Practicing search and rescue operations in a training environment will improve efficiency and readiness for future real-world operations.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Senior Capt. Beguin “Jeff” Jean-Francois, Belgian air force pilot, moves along a ditch while participating in a combat search and rescue exercise during Red Flag 14-2 March 11 on the Nevada Test and Training Range. Jean-Francois is acting as a shot down pilot in enemy territory that must reach an extraction point while avoiding contact with individuals acting as the enemy.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

A U.S. Air Force Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape specialist (right), Senior Captain Beguin “Jeff” Jean-Francois, a pilot with the Belgian air force (middle), and a Belgian military member (left), run to an HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. while participating in a combat search and rescue exercise during Red Flag 14-2 March 11 on the Nevada Test and Training Range. The three service members were running to the HH-60G to evacuate the area during a CSAR training mission. Training for CSAR missions is intended to increase the success rate of future real-world operations.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Senior Capt. Beguin “Jeff” Jean-Francois, a pilot with the Belgian air force, communicates with a rescue aircraft while participating in a combat search and rescue exercise during Red Flag 14-2 March 11 on the Nevada Test and Training Range. Jean-Francois was acting as a pilot that had been shot down in enemy territory who must evade the enemy and reach an extraction point. Red Flag gives service members from various airframes, military services and allied nations the opportunity to work together in a realistic training environment.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Senior Capt. Beguin “Jeff” Jean-Francois, a pilot with the Belgian air force, briefly rests in the shade of a rock while participating in a combat search and rescue exercise during Red Flag 14-2 March 11 on the Nevada Test and Training Range. Jean-Francois is acting as a pilot that has been shot down in enemy territory that must successfully reach an extraction point. Practicing CSAR operations and enemy evasion techniques in a training environment is intended to help increase the success rates of the real-world operations.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Senior Capt. Beguin “Jeff” Jean-Francois, Belgian air force pilot, prepares to move to an extraction point while participating in a combat search and rescue exercise during Red Flag 14-2 March 11 on the Nevada Test and Training Range. Practicing CSAR operations in a training environment helps prepare search and rescue teams for future real-world operations.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Senior Capt. Beguin “Jeff” Jean-Francois, a pilot with the Belgian air force, attempts to communicate with aircraft during Red Flag 14-2 March 11, 2014, on the Nevada Test and Training Range. Jean-Francois was acting as a pilot that had been shot down in enemy territory that must successfully evade the enemy and reach an extraction point. Red Flag brings military members from different units, branches and allied nations together in a training environment because they may have to work with one another in future real-world operations.




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