On a beautiful Wednesday morning on Spangdahlem Air Base, Sabers from all different units came together for a nice stroll, only they were wearing 30-pound backpacks in their full uniforms rucking seven miles.
After working up an appetite, what could better hit the spot than leaf- and iodine-infused water to wash down a cricket or two?
With bellies now full, the Airmen participated in some mental challenges and finished up their day with the U.S. Marine Corps fitness test.
Why were these Airmen doing this, you may ask, well to win the SERE Challenge of course!
Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape specialists provide state of the art preparation, planning, execution, and adaptation of personnel recovery to combatant commanders across the full spectrum of operations by applying SERE tactics, techniques, and procedures to enable isolated personnel to “Return With Honor.”
Spangdahlem only has two specialists assigned. The two of them organized the event to give base members a better understanding of their mission.
“We had a lot of people who, I think, really enjoyed themselves,” said Staff Sgt. Justin Gordon, 52nd Operation Support Squadron SERE specialist. “If we can provide that to the base and give people a little bit of a challenge as well as physical exertion with fun mixed in, that makes for a good day.”