Col .Tim Hahn, Nevada Wing commander, demonstrates aiming a signal mirror to Senior Member JoeAnne Griffin of the Henderson Composite Squadron.
Col. Tim Hahn instructs an Aircrew Survival School class.
Maj. Thomas J. Cooper
Public Affairs Officer
NEVADA – It’s easy to think that “it can’t happen here.”
It can’t happen to the air search crew out there searching for a lost plane, a missing person. It can’t happen to the aircrew out doing disaster survey work, ferrying key supplies, helping people.
Then – bang – a loud sound ... maybe a blown cylinder, maybe a bird strike. Something has gone wrong. It did happen.
And then the aircrew members are on the ground, a long way from home, maybe injured and needing to be rescued themselves.
What to do?
Nevada Wing members fly over some of the most treacherous and demanding terrain in the nation. From the deserts around Las Vegas to the high Sierra Nevada Mountains near Reno, the wing accepts the challenge every day.
Being prepared for all possibilities is a critical necessity to accomplish any mission assigned. With that in mind, the wing hosted an Aircrew Survival School, taught by Col. Tim Hahn, wing commander, on Saturday at wing headquarters in Reno and Sunday at North Las Vegas Airport.
Those attending learned about finding or building emergency shelters, finding water and starting fires. They also learned about alerting help with signal mirrors, ground-to-air signals, flares and emergency locator technologies.
They learned, too, that the attitude that that they'll prevail is the most important factor in surviving.