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  • 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.
  • HC-130J trains at all hours during Red Flag

    The 71st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, prepare an HC-130J Combat King II for Red Flag 16-4 night operations at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 25, 2016.
  • 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.
  • 347th RQG spouses take flight

    U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerome Ware, 71st Rescue Squadron operations superintendent, tells his children about an HC-130J Combat King II during a spouses’ flight event, May 13, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Members from the 347th Rescue Group deploy worldwide to perform search and rescue missions and air refueling missions. (U.S. Air Force
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