Training teaches pilots to survive

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Shannon Hennessy, a 52nd Security Forces Squadron dog handler and native of Colusa, Calif., controls her dog, Katya, during combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. Hennessy’s actions aimed to recreate scenarios pilots may find themselves in if captured. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Shannon Hennessy, a 52nd Security Forces Squadron dog handler and native of Colusa, Calif., controls her dog, Katya, during combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. Hennessy’s actions aimed to recreate scenarios pilots may find themselves in if captured. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dave Ross, 52nd Fighter Wing director of staff and native of Florence, Ky., tries to establish signal on a radio during combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. Pilots must re-accomplish the training every one to three years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dave Ross, 52nd Fighter Wing director of staff and native of Florence, Ky., tries to establish signal on a radio during combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. Pilots must re-accomplish the training every one to three years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

Pilots from the 52nd Fighter Wing review radio operations during combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. The pilots studied navigation, map and compass academics in a classroom before practicing on their own with a controlled opposing force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

Pilots from the 52nd Fighter Wing review radio operations during combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. The pilots studied navigation, map and compass academics in a classroom before practicing on their own with a controlled opposing force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Long, 52nd Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape NCO in charge of weapons and tactics, demonstrates the use of smoke signaling during combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. SERE training provides high-risk-of-isolation personnel the necessary skills needed to survive in all types of environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Long, 52nd Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape NCO in charge of weapons and tactics, demonstrates the use of smoke signaling during combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. SERE training provides high-risk-of-isolation personnel the necessary skills needed to survive in all types of environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Long, 52nd Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape NCO in charge of weapons and tactics, directs a group of pilots during combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. Long facilitated training where pilots practiced survival techniques involving both weather complications and different detention circumstances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Long, 52nd Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape NCO in charge of weapons and tactics, directs a group of pilots during combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. Long facilitated training where pilots practiced survival techniques involving both weather complications and different detention circumstances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Long, 52nd Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape NCO in charge of weapons and tactics, demonstrates the proper way to light and hide a fire while under duress as part of combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. The training involved a review on basic survival and evasion skills for any scenario in which a downed pilot may find themselves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Long, 52nd Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape NCO in charge of weapons and tactics, demonstrates the proper way to light and hide a fire while under duress as part of combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. The training involved a review on basic survival and evasion skills for any scenario in which a downed pilot may find themselves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Bradley Sullivan, 480th Fighter Squadron pilot and native of Friendswood, Texas, applies camouflage during combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014.  Pilots learned the most effective styles and procedures for applying camouflage while understanding how to evade and hide from enemies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Bradley Sullivan, 480th Fighter Squadron pilot and native of Friendswood, Texas, applies camouflage during combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. Pilots learned the most effective styles and procedures for applying camouflage while understanding how to evade and hide from enemies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Gordon, 52nd Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape NCO in charge of operations, right, captures U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Long, 52nd Operations Support Squadron SERE NCO in charge of weapons and tactics, during combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. SERE specialists enabled pilots to experience Code of Conduct continuation training to give them the necessary skills to return home after being captured. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Gordon, 52nd Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape NCO in charge of operations, right, captures U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Long, 52nd Operations Support Squadron SERE NCO in charge of weapons and tactics, during combat survival training on a range in Baumholder, Germany, Sept. 30, 2014. SERE specialists enabled pilots to experience Code of Conduct continuation training to give them the necessary skills to return home after being captured. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)