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PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Staff Sgt. John Alimenti, a Reservist with the 920th Rescue Wing propulsion shop here, secures the igniter assembly on T-701C engine, used on the H-60 Pave Hawk helicopter. The propulsion shop is responsible for inspecting and removing engines, replacing bad components, then reinstalling and performing efficientcy tests. The Pave Hawks, along with pararescuemen and HC-130P/N refuelers, are part of the triad of assets used by the 920th for combat search and rescue, NASA launch support, civilian search and rescue, and humanitarian relief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Chance C. Babin) Reserve mechanics keep rescue helicopters flying

0 1/17
2008
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Mayors and civic leaders from six local towns gathered here Jan. 4 for a tour of the 920th Rescue Wing, which included a flight aboard an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter and a tour of an HC-130P/N Hercules aircraft. The 920th provides combat rescue support during wartime, but also has a full-time mission back home, providing launch support for all shuttle and rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, as well as civilian search-and-rescue support and humanitarian relief. Pictured from left to right are: Capt. Cathleen Snow, 920th public affairs chief; Capt. John Withelder, an HC-130 pilot; Cocoa mayor Michael Blake, Ronald Krueger, chief of police for Melbourne Beach; Ric Holt, city manager for Cocoa who was also a pararescueman in Vietnam; Cocoa Beach mayor Skip Beeler; Cape Canaveral mayor Rocky Randels; Melbourne Beach mayor William Stacey; Kathy Meehan, vice mayor of Melbourne; James Nolan, mayor of Indian Harbour Beach; and Capt. Rafael Benet, who also pilots Hercules aircraft for the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Paul Flipse) Local leaders tour rescue wing

0 1/06
2008
Air Force Reservists from the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., exercised their combat rescue skills over the the summer in Key West, Fla. to hone their readiness skills.  Their primary mission is to search for, locate and recover U.S. Armed Forces personnel during military operations.  The unit also gets called to provide search and rescue support for civilians who are lost or in distress, and provide humanitarian and disaster relief operations.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech Sgt. Robert Grande) Key West Ex

0 1/03
2008
Lt. Col. Joel Kinnunen, commander of the 304th Rescue Squadron, Portland International Airport seen representing the United States in this year's World Triathlon Championships in Hamburg, Germany.(Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Chance C. Babin) Leading by Example
As Thomas Paine once said, "The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph," for Lt. Col. Joel Kinnunen, his conflict came in the form of a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and lateral ligaments while at the Combat Rescue Officer's Course at Kirkland Air Force Base, N.M., last December. His triumph was a long road of rehabilitation
0 12/28
2007
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A 920th Rescue Wing HC-130 Hercules undergoes its monthly routine of being scrubbed from nose to tail at the wash rack here Dec. 13. The practice of systematically scouring Air Force aircraft, improves their performance, prolongs their lives and makes it easier for to maintainers to inspect and service them. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Paul Flipse) Take a bite out of grime

0 12/14
2007
A group of Florida Civil Air Patrol cadets visited the Air Force Reserve's 920th Rescue Wing December 1. During their visit the director of operations, Lt. Col. Jeff Hannold, 39th Rescue Squadron, educated them on the extended-range HC-130P/N Hercules refueling aircraft.  The aircraft is used for search and rescue efforts in addition to  extending the range of HH-60 Pave Hawk Helicopters during search and rescue missions. The cadets had the chance to go inside the aircraft's fuselage as well.  They finished the morning with lunch at the Patrick Air Force Base Dining Facility. Florida Cadets visit Air Force Reserve Wing

0 12/12
2007
Citizen Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing celebrated with their families during the December Unit Training Assembly.  This special event was hosted by the wing's Top Three Enlisted Association.  Florida families enjoyed activities such as pony rides and bubble blowing on a warm December Saturday.  As a combat rescue wing, the 920th RQW is the busiest wing in the Air Force Reserve and without the ongoing support of Air Force Reservist's family members, the Airmen would not be able to perform their mission.  The wing consists of combat rescue wing airmen from Central Florida and the surrounding areas.  During wartime, it's mission is to rescue downed pilots and servicemembers in need, from behind enemy lines.  During peacetime, the wing is called upon to support local civilian search in rescue throughout local coastal waters and beyond.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Capt. Cathleen Snow) Florida Families

0 12/03
2007
Air Force Reservist, TSgt. Christopher Ledesma, works on the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter during a phase inspection.  The phase inspection encompasses an inspection and cleaning of the entire Pave Hawk.  The Pave Hawk is a highly modified version of the Army Black Hawk helicopter which features an upgraded communications and navigation suite that includes integrated inertial navigation/global positioning/Doppler navigation systems, satellite communications, secure voice, and Have Quick communications. (U.S. Air Force Photo/2nd Lt. Jaime Pinto)
The Next Phase

0 12/03
2007
Combat rescue maintainer, Senior Airman Dimas Garcia, 920th Rescue Wing, assists in the reinstallation on the main gear box on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter.  The primary mission of the Pave Hawk helicopter is to conduct day or night combat search and rescue, or CSAR, operations into hostile environments to recover downed aircrew or other isolated personnel during war. Because of its versatility, the HH-60G is also tasked to perform military operations other than war. These tasks include civil search and rescue, emergency aeromedical evacuation, disaster relief, international aid, counterdrug activities and NASA space shuttle support. By the Book

0 11/28
2007
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Master Sgt. German Jaramillo, a reservist at the 920th Rescue Wing here, gets a fond farewell from his fellow aircrew members after returning from his final flight with the wing. After nearly 18 years of service in the Air Force, Sergeant Jaramillo is leaving military life to attend the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va. Known as a "fini flight," the Air Force tradition of dousing an Airman, then presenting him or her a bottle of champagne upon their safe return from their last flight, dates back to the Vietnam War, when pilots received a similar treatment after completing their 100th combat mission, signifying the end of their tours there. The water used to soak Sergeant Jaramillo was mixed with sea dye, which is used during search-and-rescue missions to mark the location of people floating in the ocean. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Paul Flipse) Reservist selected for FBI Academy, receives customary Air Force farewell

0 11/21
2007
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