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Airmen from Moody to appear in National Geographic documentary

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MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, GA (WALB) -

 Lifesaving pararescumen from Moody Air Force Base show off their skills ahead of the premiere of national television show highlighting their work in Afghanistan.

 That's what it sounded like this morning as Airmen from the 822nd Base Defense Group at Moody Air Force Base simulated being attacked in an Afghan village. 

 "For us, it's always real. We always try to train to the objective and make it as real as possible because it just becomes muscle memory. And once you have that muscle memory, it's just easier for you to react."

 Airmen First Class Chris Biel is a gunner. He says he liked the simulation.

 "It felt good being back up there. It felt comfortable for me. It brought me back to Afghanistan again."

 The Airmen also practiced speaking to local villagers to try to develop a working relationship with them.

 This is just one of the many exercises the group, featured in a National Geographic documentary, conducted to show what they went through during their deployment.

 The Airmen also demonstrated the capabilities of military working dogs and I got to experience for myself just how powerful the dogs really are.

 After that, it was on to an exercise demonstrating the challenges of locating I-E-Ds buried in the ground.

 "It's hard to say exactly how you feel when it's happening'; you're not thinking about that. You're thinking' about what to do to prevent the bad stuff from happening'."

 This machine simulated what it would be like to be inside an armored vehicle that has flipped upside down and the challenges of getting out quickly.

 Each of the exercises helped create a realistic view of the challenges and the dangers the Airmen faced on a daily basis.

 "Inside Combat Rescue: The Last Stand" is a follow-up to last year's captivating series "inside Combat Rescue" which also featured Moody airman.

You can see the 2-hour documentary Sunday at 9 on the National Geographic Channel.

 

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