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U.S., Honduran Airmen exchange survival techniques

Tech. Sgt. Troy Daland, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist air advisor, looks on as a Honduran Air Force pilot practices signaling with a mirror during the field application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Troy Daland, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist air advisor, looks on as a Honduran Air Force pilot practices signaling with a mirror during the field application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Daniel Foret, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist air advisor, shows a Honduran Air Force pilots how to read a compass during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Daniel Foret, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist air advisor, shows a Honduran Air Force pilots how to read a compass during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Honduran Air Force air crew members and soldiers from the Honduran army's unit TESON clear an area by making a "V" in the ground to help an aircraft locate their position during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15.  TESON stands for Tropas Especiales para Operaciones de Selva y Nocturnas, which is their equivalent to the U.S. Army Rangers.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Honduran Air Force air crew members and soldiers from the Honduran army's unit TESON clear an area by making a "V" in the ground to help an aircraft locate their position during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15. TESON stands for Tropas Especiales para Operaciones de Selva y Nocturnas, which is their equivalent to the U.S. Army Rangers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

A Honduran Air Force air crew member and Staff Sgt. Daniel Foret, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist air advisor, locate a passing aircraft as a soldier from the Honduran army's unit TESON communicates their position to the pilot during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

A Honduran Air Force air crew member and Staff Sgt. Daniel Foret, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist air advisor, locate a passing aircraft as a soldier from the Honduran army's unit TESON communicates their position to the pilot during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Filiberto Rodriguez, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron fuels air advisor, listens in as a soldier from the Honduran army's unit TESON practices communicating their position to the pilot during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Filiberto Rodriguez, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron fuels air advisor, listens in as a soldier from the Honduran army's unit TESON practices communicating their position to the pilot during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

A Honduran Air Force pilot practices signaling with a mirror during the field application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

A Honduran Air Force pilot practices signaling with a mirror during the field application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Filiberto Rodriguez, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron fuels air advisor, explains to a Honduran Air Force pilot how to signal with a mirror during the field application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Filiberto Rodriguez, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron fuels air advisor, explains to a Honduran Air Force pilot how to signal with a mirror during the field application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Filiberto Rodriguez, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron fuels air advisor, helps members of the Honduran Air Force air crew clear an area by making a "V" in the ground to help an aircraft locate their position during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Filiberto Rodriguez, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron fuels air advisor, helps members of the Honduran Air Force air crew clear an area by making a "V" in the ground to help an aircraft locate their position during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Members of the Honduran Air Force air crew clear an area by making a "V" in the ground to help an aircraft locate their position during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Members of the Honduran Air Force air crew clear an area by making a "V" in the ground to help an aircraft locate their position during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Tech. Sgt. Troy Daland, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist air advisor, looks on as a Honduran Air Force aircrew member practices communicating their position to the pilot during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Tech. Sgt. Troy Daland, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist air advisor, looks on as a Honduran Air Force aircrew member practices communicating their position to the pilot during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

Staff Sgt. Daniel Foret, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist air advisor, looks on as members of the Honduran Air Force air crew practice signaling and communicating their position to the pilot during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)
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Staff Sgt. Daniel Foret, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist air advisor, looks on as members of the Honduran Air Force air crew practice signaling and communicating their position to the pilot during the vectoring application of the aircrew survival seminar at Tamara, Honduras, Feb. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lesley Waters)

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS -- From the briefing room at Col. Hernán Acosta Mejia Air Base to the hillsides of Tamara, the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape air advisors and the Honduran Air Force aircrew exchanged survival techniques and procedures during the Air Mobility Command's Building Partner Capacity mission at Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The BPC mission is designed to promote regional stability by fostering key relationships and enhancing partner nation capabilities. In addition, the 571st's mission supports 12th Air Force's (Air Forces Southern) continued engagements in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility of Latin America and the Caribbean.

"The Honduran Air Force already has a great outlook on aircrew survival," said Staff Sgt. Daniel Foret, 571 MSAS SERE specialist air advisor. "We are now working towards application of the ideas and continuity to promote interoperability. The better we understand how each other's programs work, the greater security and assistance we can offer one another."

Air crew survival is one of the seven core competencies the MSAS Airmen are working side-by-side with Honduran Air Force members. The other seminars include air base defense, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, communications, generator maintenance and safety.

Every single member of an aircrew must be able to survive on their own in any environment under any conditions should their aircraft go down. The 571 MSAS SERE specialists worked with the Honduran Air Force aircrew to establish a more robust survival program.

"The value of an aircrew member surviving on his own after a crash and returning home is immeasurable," said Tech. Sgt. Troy Daland, 571 MSAS SERE specialist air advisor. "We are building stronger international air force cooperation, interoperability and mutual support. When a crisis or contingency operation occurs in the future, we are better prepared to respond together."

The aircrew survival seminar included topics in knot-tying, shelter construction, fire building, using map and compass for land navigation, vectoring, signaling and rescue techniques and first aid.

"They (U.S. Air Force) came and planted a seed on the importance of survival that all pilots and air chiefs need so much," said Captain Nubia Patricia Andrade Pazzetti, Honduran Air Force pilot and chief of human resources. "Now we see the importance and the necessity of having a section that maintains the training and refreshes us on survival to the different flight circulations."

The MSAS Airmen are honing their skills and becoming better aviators, maintainers, communications specialists, by exchanging ideas with the Honduran Airmen. This is the aim of the first MSAS deployment to Honduras. It is to be a springboard for discussions about air mobility that will launch the two air forces into finding collaborative solutions to regional challenges.

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