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Max Impact – Send Me [Music Video]

 

Video: This song was written by Master Sgt. Ryan Carson and Senior Master Sgt. Matt Ascione for U.S. Air Force Special Tactics. The video features our dedicated combat controllers, pararescuemen, special operations weather team members and tactical air control party members. These brave warriors are in the fight every day defending our freedoms and saving lives. “Send Me” says it all.

‘That others may live’ isn’t just a motto for Air Force pararescue team

By Tech. Sgt. Phyllis Hanson, Air Force Public Affairs Agency

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Pararescuemen from the 129th Rescue Wing transfer a patient to a container vessel April 2, 2010. The Eleventh Coast Guard District Rescue Coordination Center used their Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue system to divert a Liberian registered merchant vessel, the CAP PALMERSTON, enroute to Ensenada, Mexico, to rendezvous with the sailing vessel and pick-up the PJs and their patient. The AMVER program is sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard and is a voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. Following the transfer of the patient and PJs from the small sailboat to the CAP PALMERSTON, the ship set course to San Diego. The patient and PJs were picked up by 129th rescue crews April 4, 2010. (Photo courtesy of the CAP PALMERSTON crew.)

After four days on rough seas, pararescuemen with the California Air National Guard yet again live up to their motto, “That others may live,” by saving the life of a sailor injured and stranded at sea some 1,400 miles southwest of La Paz, Mexico.

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Pararescuemen from the 129th Rescue Wing transfer a patient from a sailboat to a small raft in preparation for transfer to a container vessel April 2, 2010. The Eleventh Coast Guard District Rescue Coordination Center used their Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue system to divert a Liberian registered merchant vessel, the CAP PALMERSTON, enroute to Ensenada, Mexico, to rendezvous with the sailing vessel and pick-up the PJs and their patient. The AMVER program is sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard and is a voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. Following the transfer of the patient and PJs from the small sailboat to the CAP PALMERSTON, the ship set course to San Diego. The patient and PJs were picked up by 129th rescue crews April 4, 2010. (Photo courtesy of the CAP PALMERSTON crew.)

Responding to a call from the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center in Alameda, Calif., the 129th Rescue Wing sent four pararescuemen, or PJs, to be picked up by a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules and brought to the injured man amid the ocean’s waves. Packed with an inflatable boat, and buoyant containers, filled with medical supplies and food sustainment, the PJs, parachuted into the ocean. Essentially, they set up camp on the sea stabilizing the sailor and awaited retrieval.

“With the Air Guard, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard working together over the course of four days, this was truly a Joint Forces life-saving effort. From the mountains of Afghanistan to the high seas of the Pacific, 129th rescuers never cease to live up to their creed, ‘That Others May Live.'” — Col. Amos Bagdasarian, 129th Rescue Wing commander

Details on this incredible rescue to include video footage and can be found in a story on the 129th Rescue Wing site.

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A 129th Rescue Wing HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter crew hoists a 129th pararescueman during a rescue mission 650 miles off the coast of Baja, Mexico, April 4, 2010. The 129th sent two HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and one MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, accompanied by one Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules tanker from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, to pick up Michael Kalahar, a 56-year-old sailor from Port Angeles, Wash., who suffered life-threatening head and neck injuries aboard his sailing vessel WIND CHILD. The 129th rescue aircraft also recovered a four-man pararescue team, also based with the 129th. (Photo courtesy of Maj. Mathewe Wenthe)