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9th SFS conducts pilot-rescue exercise

A captured pilot is loaded into a vehicle during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. Air Force contractors acted as opposition forces throughout the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Released)

A captured pilot is loaded into a vehicle during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. Air Force contractors acted as opposition forces throughout the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Released)

Airmen from the 9th Security Forces Squadron assault a simulated village during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. The Airmen were able to practice combat maneuvers during the scenario.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Released)

Airmen from the 9th Security Forces Squadron assault a simulated village during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. The Airmen were able to practice combat maneuvers during the scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Released)

An Air Force contractor identifies a simulated enemy target while Airmen from the 9th Security Forces Squadron prepare to engage the threat. Contractors served as the subject matter experts during a pilot-rescue exercise, providing valuable insight to the Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Released)

An Air Force contractor identifies a simulated enemy target while Airmen from the 9th Security Forces Squadron prepare to engage the threat. Contractors served as the subject matter experts during a pilot-rescue exercise, providing valuable insight to the Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Released)

Senior Airman Jude Mares, 9th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, scans for enemy combatants during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. Airmen coordinated the simulated rescue with an orbiting MC-12W Liberty aircrew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Released)

Senior Airman Jude Mares, 9th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, scans for enemy combatants during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. Airmen coordinated the simulated rescue with an orbiting MC-12W Liberty aircrew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Released)

An Airman from the 9th Security Forces Squadron moves into position during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. Airmen exchanged simulation munitions fire with opposition forces throughout the exercise, which offered more realism to the scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Released)

An Airman from the 9th Security Forces Squadron moves into position during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. Airmen exchanged simulation munitions fire with opposition forces throughout the exercise, which offered more realism to the scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Released)

Master Sgt. Douglas Hodgson (right), 9th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, coordinates with an Air Force contractor during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. The men were in contact with a MC-12W Liberty aircrew, which provided intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support during the exercise.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Released)

Master Sgt. Douglas Hodgson (right), 9th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, coordinates with an Air Force contractor during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. The men were in contact with a MC-12W Liberty aircrew, which provided intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Released)

Airmen from the 9th Security Forces Squadron successfully complete a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. The exercise utilized the 9th SFS, Air Force contractors and a MC-12W Liberty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

Airmen from the 9th Security Forces Squadron successfully complete a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. The exercise utilized the 9th SFS, Air Force contractors and a MC-12W Liberty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

Members of the 9th Security Forces Squadron stack up during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. The 9th SFS used simulation and blank rounds during the scenario to provide a greater sense of realism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

Members of the 9th Security Forces Squadron stack up during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. The 9th SFS used simulation and blank rounds during the scenario to provide a greater sense of realism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

An Air Force contractor reloads an M-4 assault rifle during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. Contractors partnered with members of the 9th Security Forces Squadron to rescue two simulated downed pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

An Air Force contractor reloads an M-4 assault rifle during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. Contractors partnered with members of the 9th Security Forces Squadron to rescue two simulated downed pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

An Air Force contractor engages opposition forces with simulated rounds during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. Allied forces utilized Beale's MC-12W Liberty to provide tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)
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An Air Force contractor engages opposition forces with simulated rounds during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. Allied forces utilized Beale's MC-12W Liberty to provide tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

Airmen from the 9th Security Forces Squadron provide cover during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. The 9th SFS used simulation and blank rounds during the scenario to provide a greater sense of realism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Drew Buchanan/Released)
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Airmen from the 9th Security Forces Squadron provide cover during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. The 9th SFS used simulation and blank rounds during the scenario to provide a greater sense of realism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Drew Buchanan/Released)

Staff Sgt. Kirsten Bradley, 9th Security Forces Squadron training instructor, inspects weapons during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. The 9th SFS worked closely with Air Force contractors who provided first-hand knowledge of enemy tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Drew Buchanan/Released)
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Staff Sgt. Kirsten Bradley, 9th Security Forces Squadron training instructor, inspects weapons during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. The 9th SFS worked closely with Air Force contractors who provided first-hand knowledge of enemy tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Drew Buchanan/Released)

Airmen from the 9th Security Forces Squadron rescue two pilots during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. Air Force contractors provided tactical insight and acted as opposition forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Drew Buchanan/Released)
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Airmen from the 9th Security Forces Squadron rescue two pilots during a pilot-rescue exercise at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013. Air Force contractors provided tactical insight and acted as opposition forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Drew Buchanan/Released)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Airmen from the 9th Security Forces Squadron conducted a pilot-rescue exercise at Dragon Town here, Oct. 9.

The scenario involved the simulated downing of a U.S. aircraft and the capture of the pilots by opposition forces.

With the aid of Air Force contractors, security forces Airmen were tasked with the recovery of the downed pilots.

The rescue team conducted a recovery operation in a simulated village while utilizing Beale's MC-12W Liberty aircraft to provide tactical reconnaissance.

"The (MC-12) is our eyes in the sky. It allows our ground forces a real-time view of the battle space," said Capt. John Hart, 9th SFS commander. "Our defenders were able to utilize this cutting-edge technology just like they would in a deployed location."

Once in the village, the rescue team was engaged by opposition forces with simulation and blank rounds.

Air Force contractors with real-world recovery operation experience demonstrated proper movements, communication and tactics.

"There is no substitution for first-hand knowledge," said Staff Sgt. Kirsten Bradley, 9th SFS trainer. "Our Airmen received training straight from subject matter experts."

According to Hart, the exercise highlighted security forces' ability to execute outside-the-wire missions.

"Current conflicts require our Airmen to go outside the wire and bring the fight to the enemy," Hart said. "This training is essential to fighting the global war on terrorism."

Master Sgt. Damien Larche, 9th SFS NCO in charge of training, emphasized the importance of the training.

"Having the opportunity to simulate a scenario our Airmen may encounter downrange is time well spent," Larche said. "The knowledge gained from this exercise is vital."

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