Jolly Green Award
Thirty-three 920th Rescue Wing Reserve Citizen Airmen are being honored Saturday, May 5 with the 2017 Jolly Green Association Rescue Mission of the Year Award for their actions July 7, 2017 in saving two German sailors stranded in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 500 miles off Cape Canaveral, Florida. The unique and intricate mission, which involved more than 30 hours of collective flying between the unit’s HH-60 Pave Hawks 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 most significant rescue mission of the year.

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