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