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  • ‘Ward’s Way:’ Airman finds hope, purpose during deployment

    When U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Katie Gar Ward received her deployment orders to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, she said she had no idea what to expect.
  • ANG supports SoCal mudslide rescue efforts

    California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing are providing search and rescue support in Southern California for those impacted by the recent mudslides. The 129th Rescue Wing is a unit of the California Air National Guard, stationed at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California. If activated to federal service, the wing is gained within the United States Air Force by the Air Combat Command.
  • 38th RQS tests rescue capabilities

    Pararescuemen from the 38th Rescue Squadron conducted a full mission profile exercise, Dec. 12, 14 and 15, here. During the training, the 38th RQS recovered victims while under enemy fire to prepare for future search and rescue missions and to assess their unit’s ability to work cohesively to accomplish the mission.
  • AFNORTH wraps up Hurricane Harvey ops, looks East to Irma

    As Hurricane Harvey slammed into coastal Texas the last week of August, Houston and the surrounding area were pounded with unprecedented amounts of rain – experiencing 50 inches of rain in a matter of days. That is more than the annual average for the region.
  • Air Force keeps rescue operations fueled

    The Berlin Airlift marked an historical period in U.S. military innovation, the ability to resupply a blockaded city in Germany. As Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on South Texas, the storm left areas of Texas flooded and completely unreachable by land. Airmen from 71st Rescue Squadron and 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron conducting forward area refueling point operations were the life blood to air search and rescue missions going Aug. 31, 2017 in Beaumont, Texas. Bringing refueling capabilities to an area cut off by water, the 71st Rescue Squadron utilized the FARP capabilities of the HC-130J Combat King IIs to extend missions out of Jack Brooks Regional Airport to support search and rescue operations.
  • Moody assets launch for rescue operations

    HH-60G Pave Hawks from the 41st Rescue Squadron launch for sorties in support of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, Aug. 29, 2017, at Easterwood Airport, College Station, Texas. The 347th Rescue Group from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., sent aircraft and personnel in support of FEMA during Hurricane Harvey disaster response efforts.
  • Four rescue squadrons deploy, return together

    Rescue Airmen of the 23d Wing recently returned from a deployment where they provided around the clock personnel recovery coverage in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Working together to ensure that someone’s worst day wasn’t their last day, the 71st, 41st, 48th and 55th Rescue Squadrons provided the airborne and ground components for U.S. Central Command’s personnel recovery operations. “One thing that set this deployment apart from others that I’ve been on is that all three Rescue [components], the HC-130, HH-60 and Guardian Angels, were together in a single location,” said Lt. Col. Michael Thompson, 71st RQS director of operations. “We planned and executed together as a cohesive rescue team. “We were on alert 24/7 to ensure that if there is ever an Airman, Sailor, Marine, or Soldier who is isolated, we are prepared to return them to friendly control,” added Thompson.
  • HC-130J king during recent rescue

    When the phone rings and lives are on the line, rescue Airmen understand that at a moment’s notice they need to be in the air and prepared to do the mission. On Aug. 19 that call came. Within 13 hours an HC-130J Combat King II from the 79th Rescue Squadron and a pararescue team from the 48th Rescue Squadron, both 23d Wing geographically separated units at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., were airborne. Two hours and more than 600 miles later, the new J-model was on scene. With fuel efficiency and longer loiter to extending the rescue team’s abilities, the J-model allowed the crew to provide medical support to a male on board a Greek shipping vessel, and air refueling to two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters from Moffutt Federal Airfield, Calif.
  • DM Airmen assist in highway rescue

    High winds and dust whipped the uniforms of two Airmen as they attempted to rescue a woman trapped in the cab of her semitractor-trailer. One of them applied his might to the piece of metal that kept the woman confined to her vehicle and the other held the door of the vehicle while trying to guide her down the steps of its cab toward safety. The next instant, just as the woman was reaching the threshold, something came crashing into the rear end of her vehicle at high speed. The two Airmen were thrown ten feet from the vehicle by the impact and as soon as they finished a quick buddy check, they raced back to continue helping the woman in distress.
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