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  • Click it or lose it: Rescue Reservist captures moments worth remembering

    At approximately 400 milliseconds, a blink of the eye is one of the fastest reflexes in the body. Yet in that timeframe, one could easily miss an Airman's first hug from his child after a six-month deployment, or a newlywed couple's first kiss.These moments, however brief, can be remembered with just the click of a button and a flash of light,
  • Rescue Airmen embrace partnership with Canadian comrades during summer search-and-rescue training

    Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing are proud to do the things they must do, "that others may live." However, they are not the only military search-and-rescue personnel who live--and possibly even die--by this motto.Approximately 30 Airmen from the 920th RQW at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., traveled to Canada July 15-22 to train alongside and
  • Wounded Angels find solace at 6,000 feet

    Countless people have experienced the peaceful serenity that can be found at the Cloud Cap Inn, Mount Hood, Ore. But for most, the road that brought them to this magical place didn't begin in Afghanistan while being ejected from an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter as it tumbled down a mountainside. Staff Sgt. Scott Bilyeu, a medically retired active
  • Florida PJs aid with Alaska rescues

    Each year countless hikers and rock climbers seek to conquer the peaks of Alaska's wilderness, most enjoying the hike as planned, but for some that day hike turns into a life and death situation. Thankfully for those unfortunate few, there are teams of individuals that risk life and limb to rescue complete strangers. Air Force Reserve pararescuemen
  • Winter showcases a season of U.S., Canadian rescue games

    The Florida Straits served as maritime battlefields this winter for U.S. and Canadian rescue forces to sharpen their life-saving skills in a series of competitions designed to defeat a common enemy - the perils of rescue.To view a slideshow of the exercise, click here.While human and mechanical errors can cost those who specialize in rescue their
  • Airmen save man's life in remote Alaskan village during blizzard

    Snowflakes stung like needles when Guardian Angel Airmen skydived blind at night into a blizzard from 30,000 feet. A young Native American in a remote Alaskan village was suffering from a life-threatening infection, and these men were sent to save his life.Ryan Morgan, 20, was deteriorating as fast as the weather blocking Alaskan state rescue
  • Mother-daughter mountain adventure helps visually impaired teen see possibilities

    Air Force Reservist and married mother of three, Tech. Sgt. Francine Torres doesn't think twice about her two-hour daily commute to work each way.In fact, she chooses to live 100 miles away from her job so her visually impaired 17-year-old daughter, Jasmyn Polite, can attend the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine, Fla. "I
  • Mass casualty exercise prepares medical Airmen for heavy duty, war

    When they signed up to be Air Force medics, the members of the 920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron (ASTS) knew they would be working hard, but probably never imagined they'd have to lift 500 pounds over their heads with perfect balance, but they do.A mass casualty exercise here was the finale to a week of home-station annual training held January
  • Rescue group first sergeant takes a stand against youth homelessness

    The temperate winter conditions in southern Arizona draws in visitors from all over the U.S. who want a brief escape from severe winter weather; unfortunately, most homeless teens make the migration here to escape the cold during the winter months.To help combat the struggles of youth homelessness in Tucson, Master Sgt. Ruby Zarzyczny, first
  • Aircrew flight equipment specialists keep Air Force operators safe

    Whether it's an air show, deployment, or high school tour, the tempo and the mission does not change for the 920th Rescue Wing Aircrew Flight Equipment (AFE) Specialists with the 920th Rescue Wing here. The reservists are responsible for ensuring the pilots, aircrew and the pararescumen have all the necessary equipment to perform during any and all
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