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  • 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
  • Grief melts fear, leads Air Force Reservist to worldwide talent search audition

    Haven't been there--yet! Haven't done that--yet!-- but still got the T-shirt! A package in the mail containing a T-shirt renewed hope for one talented Air Force Reservist in the 920th Rescue Wing. Tech. Sgt. Altrameise Myers, information management craftsman, was a little confused when she received a package in the mail with a lone T-shirt
  • Medical commander 2Xs an angel in friendly skies

    The Grim Reaper can come knocking at anytime and anyplace, thankfully for two passengers the Reaper was kept at bay by the 920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Commander, Col. (Dr.) Lewis D. Neace. Recently Neace, who resides in Portland, Ore., and travels to the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., to perform his Air Force Reserve duty,
  • The road to PJ part three: earning the beret

    Most Marine corporals don't spend an evening writing a letter to a general, but that's exactly what Brandon Forshaw -- now an Air Force Reserve staff sergeant -- had to do upon returning from his deployment to Djibouti. While in Djibouti, Forshaw, then a supply Marine on guard duty, met a group of people who would ultimately lead him to realize a
  • The road to PJ part two: What's a PJ?

    Less than a week after Staff Sgt. Brandon Forshaw signed up to join the Marine Corps Reserve, the U.S. came under the infamous terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which left thousands of American citizens dead and injured and the rest of the world in shock. Forshaw and his family were no less in shock than everyone else. His parents, who were
  • The road to PJ part one: new country, new ideas

    Many pararescuemen at the 920th Rescue Wing knew they wanted to be Rescue Airmen long before they were even old enough to enlist. They knew all about pararescuemen, also known as PJs, and their motto, "that others may live." As children, some probably dreamed about the day they would earn their maroon beret, jump out of planes and save lives. Staff
  • Rescue group intelligence officer begins and ends career with same unit

    A majority of the gaining Airmen into the Air Force Reserve have either served on active duty or have come from a different branch of service. Most Reserve Airmen over their careers have been associated with many different units and mission sets. However, for Maj. William Edwards, an intelligence officer with the 943rd Rescue Group, he has had the
  • Patrick Fire Department Urges Residents to "Have Two Ways Out!"

    If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to get to safety? According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one-third of Americans households who made and estimate they thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. Unfortunately,
  • Closing the loop, Danish troops express gratitude

    As a gesture of appreciation, Danish Army Soldiers traveled recently here to present a signed Danish flag to the 920th Rescue Wing Guardian Angels who came to their aid. In October 2011, the Danish Soldiers were part of a NATO foot patrol in Afghanistan ended due to life threatening injuries. [Guardian Angels are a U.S. Air Force weapons system
  • Faith, family, wingmen give Rescue Reservist hope

    After 39 radiation treatments, three chemotherapy treatments, kidney failure, a blood transfusion and more than 100-pound weight loss, Master Sgt. Brian Ball, 920th Rescue Wing quality assurance inspector, sits at his desk and reflects on the illness that almost claimed his life -- and the people who helped save it."In March of 2010 I started