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SERE graduates authorized berets

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Staff Sgt. John Hermoian wears the new Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape instructor beret. Students who complete the SERE Specialist technical school here are now qualified to wear the SERE beret. Sergeant Hermoian is assigned to the 22nd Training Squadron here.  (Courtesy photo)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Staff Sgt. John Hermoian wears the new Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape instructor beret. Students who complete the SERE Specialist technical school here are now qualified to wear the SERE beret. Sergeant Hermoian is assigned to the 22nd Training Squadron here. (Courtesy photo)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFPN) -- Students who complete the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist technical school here are now qualified to wear the new SERE beret.

The pewter-green beret is worn with the SERE specialist device, which depicts a bald eagle in front of a compass rose with barbed wire across it.

“The beret solidifies the Combat Rescue Officer, SERE and Pararescue communities as a united weapons system,” said Chief Master Sgt. Robert Ploof, command chief of the 336th Training Group here.

The Air Force SERE career field is the only specialty in the Department of Defense responsible for recruiting, training and employing SERE specialists, officials said. Speciality military units historically wear berets, the officials said.

“The beret is a motivational factor for SERE Specialists candidates in training and will aid in recruiting, retention and espirit-de-corps,” Chief Ploof said.

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