Rescue community integrates training

Tech. Sgt. Brandon Garbrick, 71st Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II loadmaster, sits on the ramp of an HC-130J during Tiger Rescue IV, March 27, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Tech. Sgt. Brandon Garbrick, 71st Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II loadmaster, sits on the ramp of an HC-130J during Tiger Rescue IV, March 27, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Simulated casualties rest on stretchers during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Simulated casualties rest on stretchers during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

A pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., runs for cover during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

A pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., runs for cover during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

A pararescueman 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., laughs during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

A pararescueman 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., laughs during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Aircrew within a HC-130J Combat King II from the from the 71st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., performs an austere combat landing during Tiger Rescue IV, March 29, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Aircrew within a HC-130J Combat King II from the from the 71st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., performs an austere combat landing during Tiger Rescue IV, March 29, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

An HC-130J Combat King II from the 71st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., provides over watch during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

An HC-130J Combat King II from the 71st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., provides over watch during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Two HH-60G Pave Hawk Helicopter aircrews from the 55th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., prepare to land during Tiger Rescue IV, March 29, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Two HH-60G Pave Hawk Helicopter aircrews from the 55th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., prepare to land during Tiger Rescue IV, March 29, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Pararescuemen from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., move a simulated casualty from an HH-60G Pave Hawk to an HC-130J Combat King II during Tiger Rescue IV, March 29, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J, HH-60G and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Pararescuemen from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., move a simulated casualty from an HH-60G Pave Hawk to an HC-130J Combat King II during Tiger Rescue IV, March 29, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J, HH-60G and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

A pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., descends onto a drop zone during Tiger Rescue IV, March 30, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

A pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., descends onto a drop zone during Tiger Rescue IV, March 30, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Airmen from the 55th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., help a pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., descend onto a drop zone during Tiger Rescue IV, March 30, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)
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Airmen from the 55th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., help a pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., descend onto a drop zone during Tiger Rescue IV, March 30, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Pararescuemen from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., descend onto a drop zone during Tiger Rescue IV, March 30, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Pararescuemen from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., descend onto a drop zone during Tiger Rescue IV, March 30, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Airmen from the 55th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., hoist a pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and a simulated casualty during Tiger Rescue IV, March 30, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J, HH-60G and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)
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Airmen from the 55th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., hoist a pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and a simulated casualty during Tiger Rescue IV, March 30, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J, HH-60G and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)

Tech. Sgt. Brandon Garbrick, 71st Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II loadmaster, looks out of the door of an HC-130J during Tiger Rescue IV, March 27, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.  The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Tech. Sgt. Brandon Garbrick, 71st Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II loadmaster, looks out of the door of an HC-130J during Tiger Rescue IV, March 27, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Pararescuemen from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., pull a simulated casualty to safety during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Pararescuemen from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., pull a simulated casualty to safety during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

A pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., focuses on a simulated hostile target during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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A pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., focuses on a simulated hostile target during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

A pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., provides care to a simulated casualty during Tiger Rescue IV, March 27, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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A pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., provides care to a simulated casualty during Tiger Rescue IV, March 27, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Pararescuemen from the 58th Rescue Squadron Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.,  descend onto a drop zone during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Pararescuemen from the 58th Rescue Squadron Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., descend onto a drop zone during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Pararescuemen from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.  provide care to simulated casualties during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Pararescuemen from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. provide care to simulated casualties during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Tech. Sgt. Kevin Calloway, 71st Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II loadmaster, throws a para-bundle out of the door of an HC-130J during Tiger Rescue IV, March 27, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Para-bundles are typically used to deliver medical supplies to pararescumen on the ground. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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Tech. Sgt. Kevin Calloway, 71st Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II loadmaster, throws a para-bundle out of the door of an HC-130J during Tiger Rescue IV, March 27, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Para-bundles are typically used to deliver medical supplies to pararescumen on the ground. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

A pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., helps a simulated casualty during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)
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A pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., helps a simulated casualty during Tiger Rescue IV, March 28, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency. The three branches of the personnel recovery triad are the HC-130J Combat King II, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the guardian angel weapons system or pararescuemen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

An aircraft crashed. Both pilots successfully ejected, but have wounds varying from traumatic brain injuries to deep cuts and contusions. Having received intelligence, pilots and crew of an HC-130J Combat King II take off, followed by two HH-60G Pave Hawk’s that carrying teams of pararescuemen.

Their mission is to locate and rescue both survivors from potentially hostile territory. This was an exercise scenario Airmen faced during Tiger Rescue IV, March 27-30, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The four-day exercise challenged Airmen from multiple rescue squadrons to bring the capabilities of the personnel recovery triad together to successfully complete rescue missions and maintain proficiency.

“The three branches of the (personnel recovery) triad are the HC-130J, HH-60 and the guardian angel weapons system,” said Lt. Col. Jesse Enfield 563d Operations Support Squadron director of operations. “None of those three ever operate independently in a rescue scenario. It always takes at least two and many times all three… Tiger Rescue is an effort to bring these three weapon systems together from all different bases.

“We have guardsmen from California, as well as active duty guys from Nellis, Davis-Monthan and Moody Air Force Base coming together to train how we fight, with those we’ll fight (alongside),” added Enfield.

Enfield helped plan Tiger Rescue IV and ensured the scenarios presented to the Airmen were realistic, challenging and incorporated every piece of the triad.

“We each have different roles when we’re executing a rescue mission,” said Staff Sgt. Shelby Duncan, 55th Rescue Squadron (RQS) special missions aviator. “Seeing how each of us operate and work together is awesome because we (learn) what to expect from one another when the call comes.”

“It’s crucial to know what we need from each other and that we have a good communication plan, so the insight we’ve provided on every mission was (invaluable),” Duncan added.

One loadmaster relished the opportunity to see every part of the mission in action.

“Exercises like this are fantastic because it gives us the opportunity to practice what we’re going to do in a real-world situation,” said Airman 1st Class Jared Arroyo, 71st RQS HC-130J loadmaster. “It allows us to get the repetitions down to where they become second nature. My favorite part about the job is definitely doing airdrops out the back. Having the ramp open seeing the cargo and the jumpers fly out the back; it’s the greatest view I could ever have.”

While Arroyo enjoyed the view from the HC-130J, Capt. Mark Ross, 55th RQS HH-60G pilot, enjoyed coordinating with other pieces of the triad to accomplish the mission.

“Getting this integration training is immense because with just the helicopter (alone) there’s only so much we can do,” said Ross. “Bringing the pararescuemen with their medical and firepower capabilities as well as the (HC-130J) that can provide us with gas and establish communications with the survivor immensely improve our ability to rescue a survivor in some of the worst conditions possible.

“The biggest thing I took away from working with the pararescuemen and the C-130J is that we all have the same mission, but we all have extremely different training and capabilities that we bring into this,” Ross added.