22nd Training Squadron [22nd TRS]
The mission of the 22nd Training Squadron is to train select Department of Defense personnel for Combat Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE).
The 22nd Training Squadron conducts Combat Survival Training, which all Air Force aircrew members must attend.
Forty-nine classes are taught per year, with each class lasting 17 days. The majority of the course is taught at Fairchild; however, six days are spent in the mountains of the Colville and Kaniksu National Forests, approximately 70 miles north of Fairchild and Spokane.
Combat Survival Training begins on a Monday with five days of academic, parachute, and laboratory training. Instruction at Fairchild begins with classroom training on the physical and psychological stresses of survival. This is followed by hands-on training in post ejection procedures and parachute landing falls, various life support of equipment procedures, survival medicine, and recovery device training.
Instruction is provided in parachute landing falls, life support equipment procedures, shelter construction, food procurement and preparation, day and night land navigation, ground to air signaling, vectoring rescue aircraft, helicopter hoist training, evasion travel, camouflage, and resistance in captivity.
Students then transition to the mountains where they receive additional training including shelter construction, food procurement and preparation, day and night land navigation techniques, evasion travel and camouflage techniques, ground-to-air signals, and aircraft vectoring procedures.
For this, students travel two hours, saturday morning, to the Colville National Forest where they spend six days in the field practicing what they were taught in academics. Students return on Thursday after capture and field interrogations. Captivity familiarization and three days of resistance training academics are followed by a 2-day resistance training laboratory. Students graduate on the following Wednesday.
The squadron is composed of:
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