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.