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Army South holds reintegration rehearsal of concept drill

| U.S. Army South Public Affairs | July 15, 2016

Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Housto —

Army South brought representatives together from multiple agencies in San Antonio to practice roles participants would play during reintegration of Department of Defense members during a rehearsal of concept drill June 28-29.

The event included guest speaker Christopher Clouser, a Navy SEAL pilot who survived a plane crash in Colombia in 2013. While four people died, he and one other person survived with multiple injuries.

Clouser described the experience for the trainees and shared his thankfulness for the reintegration system, as well as for his Columbian army rescuers.

Clouser, who sustained second- and third-degree burns, a head wound, deflated lung, broken ribs and other injuries, said he and his people were on the ground in FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia) territory for about 10 hours and wouldn’t have survived another day if they weren’t rescued.

“It was a coordinated effort with Columbia’s medical people to get us out and transport us to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio,” he said. “That saved our lives. What you do here concerning reintegration is critical and means a lot.”