Simulation helps Airmen stay competent

Buckley Air Force Base

Celi Searles, 460th Force Support Squadron operations officer, briefs Airmen before they conduct a simulated search and rescue mission Oct. 12, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Airmen from the 460th FSS took part in the exercise, which taught them the proper procedures that are employed when conducting search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke W. Nowakowski/Released)

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Two Airmen confer over procedures before beginning simulated search and rescue operations Oct. 12, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Airmen from different units on base came together to conduct a search and rescue exercise in order to better prepare themselves for a real life situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke W. Nowakowski/Released)

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A line of Airmen is used to conduct a search for materials that are part of a simulated search and rescue mission Oct. 12, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. A line is used to make it easier on Airmen to focus and find particles that are important to the operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke W. Nowakowski/Released)

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An Airman tags and packages a fake piece of flesh during a search and rescue simulation Oct. 12, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. It is important that each piece of evidence from the site is correctly labeled and package so that a comprehensive investigation can be obtained. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke W. Nowakowski/Released)

Buckley Air Force Base

Dozens of flags mark where evidence from a simulated search and rescue operation were found Oct. 12, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Flags, tags and bags are used to correctly identify pieces of evidence and keep them organized so that they can be used during the investigation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke W. Nowakowski/Released)

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