920th Rescue Wing long-range, open-water rescue
Maj. Cody Atchison, middle, 308th Rescue Squadron combat rescue officer, and fellow pararescuemen prepare for the long-range, open-water rescue of two German sailors stranded at sea approximately 500 miles off the coast of Florida July 7, 2017. The mission, which involved more than 30 hours of collective flying between the unit’s HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters and HC-130N Kings, eight air refuelings transferring 16,600 pounds of fuel, a precisely executed open-ocean rescue insertion, and a highly technical nighttime shipboard patient exfil resulting in two lives saved, led to it being deemed the 2017 Jolly Green Association Rescue Mission of the Year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark Borosch)

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