Wing Exercise bolsters readiness, highlights importance of partnership

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  • By Master Sgt. Kelly Goonan

The 920th's Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Aeromedical Staging Squadron Critical Care Air Transport team participated in a quarterly training exercise Oct. 29 that focused on the full combat capability the team brings to the fight by integrating world-class professionals to conduct rescue operations.

“Planning and executing exercises like this is no small task. It is incredibly complex and requires long hours of preparation before the relatively short event even starts,” the Operations Group Commander explained. “The work of our highly skilled and dedicated planners allows our operators to focus on execution of the challenging and dynamic training scenarios where they receive irreplaceable, life-saving experience and strengthen bonds with our partners both inside and outside our Operations Group.”


During the exercise the 920th Ops Group performed an aerial insertion, ground assault force movement, high altitude aerial refueling, transload operations and advanced medical care with the help of the 45th Space Wing, Detachment 1, and supporting agencies.

“This training simulation allowed all members participating the opportunity to test their capability before deployment,” a 308th Rescue Squadron Combat Rescue Officer explained. “The lessons learned during this exercise will be reinvested into the 920th Rescue Wing to increase combat capability prior to deployment to guarantee that the 920th RQW will continue to provide the best America can ask for.”

Based at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, the 920th RQW is the only Air Force Reserve Command wing that trains and equips Airmen to carry out its mission to plan, lead, and conduct military rescue operations and missions to deny competitors and adversaries exploitation of isolated personnel. Air Force rescue is the only DoD entity specifically organized, trained and equipped to conduct personnel recovery operations into hostile or denied areas as a primary mission.


The 920th RQW is comprised of 23 subordinate groups and squadrons, including three geographically separated units; one at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, one at Portland, Oregon, and one at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

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