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Survival training preps aircrews for life-threatening situations

Lt. Col. James White, a C-130 pilot for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, uses a MK-124 day/night signaling flare during survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. More than 60 aircrew members practiced land- and water-survival training here Sept. 13-15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Lt. Col. James White, a C-130 pilot for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, uses a MK-124 day/night signaling flare during survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. More than 60 aircrew members practiced land- and water-survival training here Sept. 13-15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Tech. Sgt. Chris Johnson, a flight engineer for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, lowers himself from a training apparatus during survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. The exercise is designed to train aircrew members on proper procedures should they become caught in a tree while parachuting to the ground. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Tech. Sgt. Chris Johnson, a flight engineer for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, lowers himself from a training apparatus during survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. The exercise is designed to train aircrew members on proper procedures should they become caught in a tree while parachuting to the ground. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Tech. Sgt. Brian Milburn, a loadmaster for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, extricates himself from a floating parachute during water survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. The training also covered land survival techniques and orienteering. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Tech. Sgt. Brian Milburn, a loadmaster for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, extricates himself from a floating parachute during water survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. The training also covered land survival techniques and orienteering. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Aircrew members from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing build a fire during survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. More than 60 aircrew members practiced land- and water-survival training here Sept. 13-15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Aircrew members from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing build a fire during survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. More than 60 aircrew members practiced land- and water-survival training here Sept. 13-15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Fuller, a loadmaster for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, is pulled across the water at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019, by a personal watercraft as part of routine survival training. The exercise is designed to simulate what could happen to aircrew members who’ve parachuted into water when the wind catches their open chutes and drags them across the surface, posing the risk of drowning. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Fuller, a loadmaster for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, is pulled across the water at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019, by a personal watercraft as part of routine survival training. The exercise is designed to simulate what could happen to aircrew members who’ve parachuted into water when the wind catches their open chutes and drags them across the surface, posing the risk of drowning. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Aircrew members from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing are pulled to land after extricating themselves from underneath a floating parachute during water survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. The training also covered land survival techniques and orienteering. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Aircrew members from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing are pulled to land after extricating themselves from underneath a floating parachute during water survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. The training also covered land survival techniques and orienteering. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Master Sgt. Darren Wiles, a loadmaster for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, removes his personal protective equipment after being pulled across the water at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019, by a personal watercraft as part of routine survival training. The exercise is designed to simulate what could happen to aircrew members who’ve parachuted into water when the wind catches their open chutes and drags them across the surface, posing the risk of drowning. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Master Sgt. Darren Wiles, a loadmaster for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, removes his personal protective equipment after being pulled across the water at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019, by a personal watercraft as part of routine survival training. The exercise is designed to simulate what could happen to aircrew members who’ve parachuted into water when the wind catches their open chutes and drags them across the surface, posing the risk of drowning. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Staff Sgt. Kierre Brown, a loadmaster for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, straps on a parachute harness prior to water survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. The training also covered land survival techniques and orienteering. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Staff Sgt. Kierre Brown, a loadmaster for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, straps on a parachute harness prior to water survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. The training also covered land survival techniques and orienteering. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Tech. Sgt. Chris Johnson, a flight engineer for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, lowers himself from a training apparatus during survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. The exercise is designed to train aircrew members on proper procedures should they become caught in a tree while parachuting to the ground. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Tech. Sgt. Chris Johnson, a flight engineer for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron, lowers himself from a training apparatus during survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. The exercise is designed to train aircrew members on proper procedures should they become caught in a tree while parachuting to the ground. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Master Sgt. Matthew Cothron (right), a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape instructor for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, briefs aircrew members from the 165th Airlift Squadron on how to lower themselves from a training apparatus during survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. The exercise is designed to train aircrew members on proper procedures should they become caught in a tree while parachuting to the ground. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)
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Master Sgt. Matthew Cothron (right), a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape instructor for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, briefs aircrew members from the 165th Airlift Squadron on how to lower themselves from a training apparatus during survival training at Camp Crooked Creek in Shepherdsville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2019. The exercise is designed to train aircrew members on proper procedures should they become caught in a tree while parachuting to the ground. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. -- More than 60 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Squadron conducted survival training at Camp Crooked Creek here Sept. 13-15, honing their skills in everything from land navigation to parachute extraction.

The course was taught with the assistance of a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape personnel from the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron.