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Senior Airmen Christopher Freeman and Robert Gutierrez, 321st Special Tactics Squadron, pararescueman and combat controller respectively practice alternate extraction tactics dangling from the MH-53M Pave Low IV's hoist and cable during the 352nd Special Operation Group's Operational Readiness Inspection held at RAF Machrihanish in Scotland as Tech. Sgt. Jason Lydon, 321st STS, pararescue team leader ensures the two-man team operate safely. The device used to hoist two men quickly out of harms way was developed by airmen serving during the Vietnam conflict.    352nd SOG closes out ORI deployment at RAF Machrihanish
Members of the 352nd Special Operations Group with augmentation from the 100th Air Refueling Wing deployed to RAF Machrihanish, Scotland, to prove their professional mettle under the critical gaze of the Air Force Special Operations Inspector General’s team from Oct. 15 to 29. More than 500 special operators and expeditionary combat support airmen,
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NEW ORLEANS -- A young Hurricane Katrina survivor hugs her rescuer, Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney, after she was relocated to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, La., on Sept. 7.  Sergeant Maroney is a pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Veronica Pierce) ‘Guardian Angels’ swoop down from above to save lives
To Hurricane Katrina victims pararescuemen were angels. To injured Airmen they’re saviors. Known as “PJs,” these Airmen are part of an elite team specially trained in combat recovery and rescue. For 16 PJs with the 58th Rescue Squadron here, the military training they have paid off when they plucked civilians and pets off rooftops after Hurricane
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MOUNT ELBRUS, Russia -- First Lt. Mark Uberuaga (left) and Capt. Rob Marshall proudly display the American flag after reaching the summit of Mount Elbrus.  Lieutenant Uberuaga is assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron, and Captain Marshall is assigned to the 67th Special Operations Squadron.  Both are from Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England.  (U.S. Air Force photo) Only sky proves limit for ‘mountain men’
For some people, reaching the top is enough. For two 352nd Special Operations Group pilots here, reaching the top of the world was not enough. Capt. Rob Marshall of the 67th Special Operations Squadron, and 1st Lt. Mark Uberuaga of the 21st Special Operations Squadron, recently returned from climbing to the summit of Mount Elbrus -- 18,510 feet of
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2005
BANGKOK, Thailand -- An Airman here teams up with a Thai volunteer Jan. 1 to organize bottles of drinking water at the international airport.  He and 100 others from the 353rd Special Operations Group are flying supplies to the tsunami-hit areas of southern Thailand.  The 353rd SOG is assigned to Kadena Air Base, Japan.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Michael Farris) Air Force Special Operations unit wraps up Asian aid mission
Kadena Air Base’s 353rd Special Operations Group is going home. Almost a month after a monster earthquake and killer waves claimed untold thousands of lives, the Air Commando’s work here is complete. The Combat Shadows and Combat Talons have flown nearly one million pounds of cargo and more than 600 disaster relief workers into ground zero, the
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2005
Default Air Force Logo A $500,000 weekend
In the cool of the morning of April 22, 2005 Airmen surrounded the prayer tower, heads bowed, as eight names were read. Eight names. Eight heroes. The eight men of Operation Eagle Claw. It was a secret mission aimed at rescuing the 53 Americans being held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Iran when the mission was aborted at the last minute due to
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Default Air Force Logo Airmen come to the rescue
Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group here jumped to action Oct. 17 saving 17 people who became stranded while hiking in a remote area of Mexico. Adverse weather trapped an American hiker and 16 Mexican rescue workers on a mountainside 60 miles southeast of San Diego on the Baja peninsula, as they attempted to retrieve the remains of another American
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OVER NEW ORLEANS -- Tech. Sgt. Keith Berry looks down into flooded streets searching for survivors.  He is part of an Air Force Reserve team credited with saving more than 1,040 people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  He is a pararescueman with the 304th Rescue Squadron from Portland, Ore.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Bill Huntington) City underwater gets help from above
With their homes and city underwater, many citizens of New Orleans have been looking to the skies for help from helicopter rescue crews of the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and active duty. Hoisted aloft from rooftops and carried aboard from broken bridge spans and other locations isolated by flooding waters, more than 2,000 people have
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Default Air Force Logo Two Hurlburt Field heroes help crash victims, save lives
“There were people staggering and people screaming. It was total chaos.” That was the scene Tech. Sgt. Mike Gray, a pararescuemen assigned to the 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, Fla., saw as he and his wife turned the corner from their home behind Martin Luther King Boulevard in Fort Walton Beach early Saturday morning. Eight bicycle
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