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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
BIMINI, Bahamas --  A 920th Rescue Wing HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter gets a fresh tank of gas during a recent search-and-rescue mission over Bimini, the small trio of islands that sit only 50 miles from Miami. The tanker doing the refueling was also a 920th asset, an HC-130P/N Hercules, which provided search-and-rescue support along with the fuel for the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Paul Flipse) Rainbow connection

0 11/19
2007
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- A crowd flocks to one of the 920th Rescue Wing's HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, used only a few minutes prior during an astronaut-recovery demonstration at NASA's World Space Expo, held here Nov. 1-4. Patrons spoke with crewmembers, snapped photographs and climbed on board the Pave Hawk as NASA's renown vehicle assembly building (VAB) loomed in the background. Aircraft enthusiasts, space junkies and children of all ages were among the thousands who packed the NASA causeway for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Paul Flipse) Watched like a hawk

0 11/04
2007
Senior Airman Diane Lopes, a reservist with the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., displays her Air Force pride while rehabilitating from a rocket attack. The security forces specialist was wounded Sept. 21 at Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq just four weeks after being deployed there. The cast on her left leg protects the broken tibia and fibula beneath, a result of shrapnel from the blast. She said she put the Air Force logo on her cast because of the many Soldiers and Marines there with her at Walter Reed. "I had to represent," she said. (Courtesy photo) Wounded reservist reflects on Kirkuk attack, recovers at Walter Reed
IT WASN'T UNTIL SHE TASTED BLOOD in her mouth that she realized she'd been bombed.Moments earlier, Senior Airman Diane Lopes, an Air Force Reserve security forces specialist with the 920th Rescue Wing here, had been walking quietly through the evening darkness at Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq. It was Sept. 21, and she'd been at the base only a short
0 11/04
2007
Air Force Reserve pararescuemen and aircrews from the 920th Rescue Wing kicked off NASA's World Space Expo Air Show with a search and rescue demonstration.  John Zarrella, CNN News Correspondent, acted as a downed astronaut during the demonstration which simulated a Mode 8 emergency space shuttle open-water bailout Nov 2.  Pararescuemen and crews from the 920RQW support every space shuttle launch as part of a joint task force in case an emergency occurs.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Paul Flipse) Downed CNN Correspondent

0 11/03
2007
Airmen from Team Patrick, the 920th Rescue Wing and 45th Space Wing, enjoyed a day of team sports Friday, Oct. 26.  During one event, pararescuemen from the 920RQW, pulled together to form a tug-a-war team and pulled-their weight in a contest on the beach.  Additionally, the 920th Maintenance Squadron formed a softball team coming in second.  Finally, the 920th Mission Support Squadron placed in the bowling competition. Participants said the event was a lot of fun. Rescue Wing Airmen pull their weight

0 10/29
2007
Air Force Reserve rescue crews from the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. launched two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter and an HC-130/N extended range Hercules to search for a missing aircraft near the Bahama Islands on Sunday of their drill weekend. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Paul Flipse) AF Reserve rescue crews search for missing aircraft
Two Air Force Reserve helicopter crews and a C-130 aircraft crew from the 920th Rescue Wing here launched on a search and rescue mission Sunday of their drill weekend to the Bahama Islands for a missing aircraft, with one person aboard. The aircraft was last seen about 50 miles northwest of Nassau, Bahamas, Saturday. The aircraft was reported
0 10/14
2007
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Senior Master Sgt. Matt Ramp, an Air Force Reserve pararescueman assigned to the 304th Rescue Squadron, Portland International Airport, performs a rappelling exercise from the Baghdad International Airport air traffic control tower. Members of the 304th Rescue Squadron are deployed to Baghdad International Airport supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. James M. Bowman) Want to hike, scuba dive and free fall while learning a little medicine?
If you have an interest in medicine, like parachuting, rock climbing, swimming, scuba diving, and camping, we've got a part-time job that might appeal to you. The Air Force Reserve is looking for U.S. citizens to become Pararescuemen, or PJs. PJs are specifically trained for personnel recovery in humanitarian and combat situations. PJs will be
0 10/06
2007
Air Force Reservist Senior Airman Diane Lopes, a security forces apprentice with the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. receives the Purple Heart Sept. 28 from the Chief of Air Force Reserve Command, Lt. Gen. John A. Bradley bedside at Walter Reed Army Medical Facility in Maryland.  Airman Lopes is in good condition and on the road to recovery despite surviving a mortar attack a week ago.  She and her fellow 920th RQW security forces comrades were in Iraq less than a month when Airman Lopes was struck by enemy shrapnel in the right arm and left leg while walking on base after a mortar attack. She was off duty at the time. She has endured several surgies for her injuries, but according to officials, her prognosis is good. (U.S. Army Photo/Winston S. Wilson) Rescue Wing Airman awarded Purple Heart bedside

0 9/28
2007
A WWII era P-520 crash/rescue boat arrives along the Willamette River in downtown Portland, Ore., escorted by members of the Air Force Reserve's 304th Rescue Squadron. The P-520 was part of the Army Air Force's early rescue system that gave birth to the modern day combat search and rescue. (Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Chance C. Babin) Portland Reservists welcome rescue pioneers:Crash boat veterans paved way for today’s combat rescue
Air Force Reservists from the 304th Rescue Squadron here got a firsthand look at a long-lost piece of combat-rescue heritage Sept. 17 as they escorted a U.S. Army Air Force relic, a P-520 crash boat, to the Portland waterfront to dock at the Riverside Marina, Sept. 17. As the Air Force celebrates its 60th anniversary, the sight of an Air Force
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