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U.S. service members and their families begin a 1-mile run during a Memorial Day Murph and Pararescue Workout event at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., May 29, 2017. The event included a variety of exercises and aimed to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell) Fitness for the fallen
U.S. service members and their families participated in a Memorial Day Murph and Pararescue Workout event at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., May 29, 2017. The event included a variety of exercises and aimed to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
0 5/31
2017
Capts. Ryan Nichol and Jeff Hogan, 3d Airlift Squadron pilots, perform low-level maneuvers May 15, 2017, aboard a C-17 Globemaster III over the Appalachian Mountains. Nichol and Hogan practiced precision flying as they headed to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., in preparation for Exercise RAPID RESCUE. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne) Royals support Exercise Rapid Rescue
The 3d Airlift Squadron supported Exercise Rapid Rescue May 15-18, 2017, providing transportation and simulated aeromedical evacuation along the East Coast.
0 5/22
2017
Tony Blauer, founder of Blauer Tactical Systems Inc., instructs Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists during a week-long Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response System course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 27, 2017. The SPEAR System takes advantage of the human body’s startle/flinch mechanism to convert an aggressor’s attack into a tactical counter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski) SERE meets SPEAR: Specialists convene for unique combative course
Your transport aircraft has just crashed in a remote and hostile environment. You and only a handful of other troops have survived the crash. As you survey the surroundings, you notice a crowd of local inhabitants running toward the wreckage screaming wildly, with brows furrowed and fists clenched. The level of fear inside you begins to skyrocket. You’re now scanning the crowd for its weakest links, trying to formulate a progressive strategy with the little time you have before they make contact. Which combative system are you most confident to employ in order to save your own life? Self-defense is a major component of support provided by Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists to troops who have a high risk of isolation in theater, such as downed-pilots and operators. Late last month, SERE specialists across the 23d Wing, along with Pararescuemen from the 68th Formal Training Unit convened at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, to attend a one-week personal defense course led by a special guest.
0 5/15
2017
Maj. Bevan Hart, 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron combat rescue officer, communicates with his team during a mass casualty exercise held Nov. 17, 2016 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The drill allowed pararescuemen, CROs and helicopter crews to rehearse their response to common scenarios encountered in theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) Pararescuemen hone edge with realistic training
Master Sgt. Sean Kirsch has deployed to the Afghan theater, among other locations, numerous times during his 13-year career.  Kirsch is a pararescueman with the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron based at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. During those earlier deployments, Kirsch recalls responding to multiple combat rescue missions each day and has
0 11/25
2016
The Shaw family experienced a unique situation when their daughter Clara was born in their home in Yorktown, Va., Aug. 9, 2016. With only 10 minutes between her water breaking and the birth, Shalina Shaw said she had no doubt her husband, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Travis Shaw Air Combat Command, pararescue specialist, would be able to deliver Clara safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Katie Gar Ward) A 10-minute test: JBLE PJ delivers daughter
When U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Travis Shaw left for work the morning of Aug. 9, he couldn’t have imagined that just hours later, his combat lifesaving skills would be tested in an emergency situation most pararescue specialists don’t traditionally encounter.
0 9/13
2016
Combat Leaders Course students prepare to land during training in Florence, Ariz., Aug. 31, 2016. The students mission planned and executed a multitude of scenarios including a jump mission with an overland movement, a mass casualty, and a technical rescue with the rotary wing exfiltration all within the climates of southern Arizona and California.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby) Guardian Angel Combat Leaders Course put into action
It takes countless years of career field education, multiple deployments and temporary duty assignments to become a pararescue team leader. The 68th Rescue Flight executed a 65-day course for ten pararescuemen in a newly-designed course to develop their leadership abilities while obtaining their 7-level certification for their dynamic career field.
0 9/12
2016
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 38th Rescue Squadron take a selfie prior to boarding an HC-130J Combat King II for high-altitude, low-opening jumps, Aug. 18, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The jump was conducted to re-familiarize aircrew and pararescue members with processes for dropping from a high altitude which ensures world wide capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)
Moody skies 'rain' PJs
Pararescuemen from the 38th Rescue Squadron jump from an HC-130J Combat King II at 25,000 feet, Aug. 18, 2016, in the skies over Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Pararescuemen are qualified experts in Airborne and Military Free Fall operations, to include high-altitude, low opening techniques. Training jumps are typically conducted from 9,000 to 12,000 feet, but current deployed operations require an airdrop of 20,000 feet or more.
0 8/19
2016
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