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Combat Water Survival Training

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the Indiana Air National Guard, 181st Intelligence Wing, 113th Air Support Operation Squadron prepares to be pushed off of a high diving board while blind-folded to simulate an unexpected water entry during a night combat patrol at the Sports and Recreation Center on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute Feb. 6, 2016. The Airman trained on four different areas that tested different swimming methods in a combat situation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Lonnie Wiram)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the Indiana Air National Guard, 181st Intelligence Wing, 113th Air Support Operation Squadron prepares to be pushed off of a high diving board while blind-folded to simulate an unexpected water entry during a night combat patrol at the Sports and Recreation Center on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute Feb. 6, 2016. The Airman trained on four different areas that tested different swimming methods in a combat situation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Lonnie Wiram)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the Indiana Air National Guard, 181st Intelligence Wing, 113th Air Support Operation Squadron makes a splash capturing air in his uniform trousers to use them as a flotation device during their combat water survival training at the Sports and Recreation Center on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute Feb. 6, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Lonnie Wiram)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the Indiana Air National Guard, 181st Intelligence Wing, 113th Air Support Operation Squadron makes a splash capturing air in his uniform trousers to use them as a flotation device during their combat water survival training at the Sports and Recreation Center on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute Feb. 6, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Lonnie Wiram)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Chris Snider, assigned to the Indiana Air National Guard, 181st Intelligence Wing, 113th Air Support Operations Squadron commander, practices using his uniform trousers as a flotation device during their combat water survival training at the Sports and Recreation Center on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute Feb. 6, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Lonnie Wiram)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Chris Snider, assigned to the Indiana Air National Guard, 181st Intelligence Wing, 113th Air Support Operations Squadron commander, practices using his uniform trousers as a flotation device during their combat water survival training at the Sports and Recreation Center on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute Feb. 6, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Lonnie Wiram)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the Indiana Air National Guard, 181st Intelligence Wing, 113th Air Support Operation Squadron practice swimming laps as part of their combat water survival training at the Sports and Recreation Center on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute Feb. 6, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Lonnie Wiram)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the Indiana Air National Guard, 181st Intelligence Wing, 113th Air Support Operation Squadron practice swimming laps as part of their combat water survival training at the Sports and Recreation Center on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute Feb. 6, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Lonnie Wiram)

HULMAN FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD, Ind. -- Approximately 20 Airmen assigned to the 181st Intelligence Wing, 113th Air Support Operations Squadron, conducted combat water survival training at the Sports and Recreation Center located on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Feb. 6, 2016.

The training consisted of a blind push off a high diving board, falling in water wearing full equipment, a 25-meter swim with weapon, treading water for extended periods, and learning techniques for using the uniform as a flotation device.

The blind push simulated an unexpected water entry during a night combat patrol. Jumping in water with full equipment trained Airmen on how to ditch their gear so they can return to the surface.  The 25-meter swim taught members how to swim but keep their weapon as dry as possible, and finally, members treaded water to learn different techniques and build endurance.

"This is a yearly event for the ASOS," said Lt. Col. Chris Snider, 113th ASOS commander.

"There is another part of this for our guys who do parachute ops," said Snider.  "They will be in water with a parachute on top of them and they will have to swim out from under the parachute."

The ASOS trains to remain ready, reliable and relevant. This training optimizes what it means to be Racer Ready!