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While many of America’s war fighters come to terms with the concept of dying in a firefight well before they actually set boots on the ground, there are no shortages of other risks to the lives of those we send into harm’s way in defense of our nation.  Recent headlines have made it frighteningly clear that American service members may face a wide array of life threatening situations without ever firing a round at an enemy, including rescue operations in portions of our country that have been ravaged by massive storms like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and tragic accidents like the recent crashes of a C-130 in Kentucky, and an Osprey in the Pacific.

The best way to prepare our war fighters to survive in any life threatening environment is, of course, to train them in situations that approximate those threats to life and limb, without introducing too much actual risk into the training environment.  One such example is the helicopter egress trainer.

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