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Master Sgt. Heidi White, the unit training manager for the 920th Maintenance Group, tracks pre-deployment training for group Airmen at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., July 24, 2013, using a tracking tool she designed. Her tracking tool has led to streamlined processes and increased efficiencies for deploying Airmen and their supervisors throughout the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Anna-Marie Wyant) 920th Maintenance Group increases efficiency with innovative pre-deployment tracking system
When reservists deploy, they are often in a race against time. Traditional reservists who work one weekend per month have to balance physicals, fitness testing, ancillary training, meetings, commander's calls and more -- in addition to their operational jobs. It is difficult for reservists to fit everything they need to do for a whole month into
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Col. Jeffrey Macrander, 920th Rescue Wing commander, presents Tech. Sgt. Kellen Grogan, 920th Security Forces Squadron squad trainer, the certificate to accompany his Purple Heart medal at a commander’s call March 3, 2013 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Grogan was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action March 19, 2005. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Anna-Marie Wyant) A heart worth waiting for: Airman receives Purple Heart 8 years after injuries
Editor's note: The following is the second of a two part series about Tech. Sgt. Kellen Grogan, 920th Rescue Wing Security Forces, and his journey toward earning a Purple Heart.Upon returning home from his deployment, Tech. Sgt. Kellen Grogan didn't know what to tell his parents. He had survived an improvised explosive device detonating underneath
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Tech. Sgt. Kellen Grogan, then a senior Airman, sits on a Humvee in Iraq March 21, 2005, just two days after suffering a concussion from an improvised explosive device detonating underneath his vehicle. (courtesy photo) A heart worth waiting for: Airman receives Purple Heart 8 years after injuries
Editor's note: The following is the first of a two part series about Tech. Sgt. Kellen Grogan, 920th Rescue Wing Security Forces, and his journey toward earning a Purple Heart. "Just don't tell my mom; she's going to kill me," Tech. Sgt. Kellen Grogan recalled saying to a fellow Airman shortly after their Humvee rolled over an improvised explosive
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Combat-search-and-rescue pilot Capt. Jason Tomas, 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., finished his first 50-mile ultra-marathon journey in 14.42 hours. It began at mile marker 50 on Marathon Key and ended at Higgs Beach near the southernmost point in the continental U.S., Key West. He added 4.5 hours to his total finish time because he took frequent breaks to beat the heat. He thanks his personal first-aid crew, wife Kaili and 11-year-old daughter Alani, for providing him ice to help him get his body temperature down. He estimated that he burned 13,000 calories at the Keys100. (Courtesy photo Kali and Alani Tomas)
Road to war paves way to life of running for one combat rescue pilot
Air Force Reserve combat-search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, Capt. Jason Tomas, 920th Rescue Wing, did not start out as a runner. But now, he asserts that not only was he born to run, but we are all born to run. Going to war led him to this philosophical belief about running, and to his biggest running feat to date--a 50-mile ultra-marathon in the
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Senior Master Sgt. Eric Draper, HC-130P/N King reserve loadmaster, helps Trevor Scheerer, 5, with a helmet while Finnian Gerts, 7, watches. The boys and their families visited the 920th Rescue Wing, Cocoa Beach, Fla., to learn about combat search and rescue and meet the rescue professionals. They were treated to a day they would never forget - tours of both rescue aircraft, the King and HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, then finished with a "rescue mission" hosted by the pararescuemen here. Rescue Airmen join kids in their fight against cancer
"These things we do, that others may live," is the motto Rescue Reservists from the 920th Rescue Wing live and breathe by in the many aspects they employ to save lives. The 'things' they do are saving the life of a fellow Marine, Soldier or Airman while under fire in a combat zone; maintaining rescue aircraft in dusty combat locations to ensure
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Deputy David Say, U.S. Marshals Service and Air Force Reservist at the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., holds two different, but important titles. At the 920th RQW, Say is the Reserve first sergeant at the 920th RQW's Operational Support Squadron. He's responsible for mentoring the young Airmen who are responsible for life-saving equipment that rescue pilots and aircrew wear while flying into unknown areas to save the life of a downed pilot or injured soldier.
His full-time civilian job is tracking down criminals as a U.S. Marshal.(courtesy photo) From crimefighting to counseling Airmen, it's all in a day's work for one Air Force Reservist
Rounding up criminals wearing a bullet proof vest and a U.S. Marshals badge is a full time job for one Citizen Airman.However, Master Sgt. David Say wears another uniform and has a different set of responsibilities as a Reserve first sergeant at the 920th Rescue Wing's Operational Support Squadron.Say wears two hats, literally and figuratively. As
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Setting his own personal record, Tech Sgt. Thomas Cowan, 920th Rescue Wing, developmental and training flight facilitator crosses the finish line in his first ever half marathon.  920th Rescue Wing Airmen woke up Sunday morning with one focus on their mind … conquer the Melbourne Marathon.  The Airmen along with 1000s of local and afar athletes participated in either a full 26.2 mile marathon or a 13.1 mile half marathon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Peter Dean) Broken Airman relearns walking, runs marathon
On the morning of October 4, 2010, an enjoyable commute to work came to a crashing halt for motorcyclist and Air Force Reservist Tech. Sgt. Thomas Cowan.Cowan, the developmental and training flight facilitator for the 920th Rescue Wing, said it was a beautiful morning, so he just jumped on his motorcycle and headed to work. But after driving only
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Senior Airman Faith Morgan enjoys helping her fellow Airmen in both her Reserve and civilian jobs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Anna-Marie Wyant) Helping fellow Airmen: a job and a passion
Airmen of all ranks and career fields are encouraged to help one another whenever possible; it's the concept of being a good wingman. For many Airmen, helping others is part of their job, but for Senior Airman Faith Morgan, it's more than that - it's a passion.  Morgan, the executive assistant to the 920th Rescue Wing's Command Chief Master Sgt.
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Staff Sgt. Nicholas Gibson, a pararescueman with the 308th Rescue Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, plans to summit Mt. Everest with an all Air Force team as part of the USAF Seven Summits Challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Anna-Marie Wyant) Reserve pararescueman aims high: 29,035 feet high
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Gibson has spent most of his life in Florida, one of the flattest states in the nation with its highest natural point reaching 345 feet -- the lowest high point of any state in the U.S. While he loves the sunshine state and calls it home, Gibson has always had a desire to reach higher ground. As a teenager, Gibson said he began
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Staff Sgt. Sara Bolin, 920th Rescue Wing, aircrew equipment flight technician, adjusts a life preserver unit on Air Force Junior ROTC cadet Coleton Wells prior to his flight on a HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter.  Wells spent the day touring the 920th RQW and learning the ins and outs of rescue. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Peter Dean) Cadet, cancer patient realizes dream of flying through Rescue Wing
In between chemotherapy treatments a 16-year-old Air Force Junior ROTC student joined the Air Force Reserve Command's 920th Rescue Wing for the thrill of flight. "Absolutely amazing, best thing I've done in a long time," Coleton Wells said as he disembarked from one of the 920th RWQ's HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters.Zachary Kalish, Wells' best
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