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PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Crews from the 920th Rescue Wing here, prepare to refuel an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from an HC-130P/N aircraft number 65-00976. On Sept. 9, 2015, aircraft #00976 headed to retirement at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, the aircraft retirement "bone yard." For nearly 50 years, this combat proven aircraft served the Air Force, providing more than 16,000 hours of superior air support for its Airmen in combat, special operations, humanitarian, aerial refueling, and search and rescue missions around the world. (Courtesy photo)
Rescue wing retiring aging HC-130s
With no fanfare other than the fading rumble of its four turbo-prop engines, one of Patrick's well-worn HC-130P/N King aircraft - number 65-00976 - disappeared into the afternoon sky heading into retirement at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, the aircraft retirement "bone yard," in
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket settles gently back to Earth at Landing Zone 1 (formerly Launch Complex 13) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station less than 10 minutes after it took off from Launch Complex 40 a little more than 5 miles north. It marked the first time a rocket delivered satellites to orbit (11 on this particular mission), then returned to land safely. The reservists of the 920th Rescue Wing provide range clearance and safety contingency support for all rocket launches from CCAFS/Kennedy Space Center. (courtesy photo/SpaceX) Reservists support historic launch, landing of rocket
Helicopter aircrews from the 920th Rescue Wing held their hover near Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station while a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted skyward at 8:29 p.m. Dec. 21.On board the Falcon were 11 communications satellites, which were to be placed into low-Earth orbit (LEO) (between 99 - 1,200 miles up). Normally, once that
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Forty three Reserve Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing graduated with an associate’s degree from the Community College of the Air Force Dec. 5 in a ceremony at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mike Means) 
43 Patrick Citizen Airmen earn CCAF degrees
Forty three Reserve Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing here graduated with an associate's degree from the Community College of the Air Force Dec. 5.During the ceremony, Col. Paul "Brett" Howard, 920th RQW vice commander, presented diplomas while 920th RQW Command Chief Tim Bianchi presented special coins to each graduate."Earning these degrees is a
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Chief Master Sgt. Lazaro Ibarra, 301st Rescue Squadron special mission aviator here, gives a thumbs up and as he prepares to board an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter with his last official box lunch. Ibarra’s fini-flight here, Dec. 2 marks end of the chief’s 35-year career. (Courtesy photo)
35-year career chief takes fini-flight
As therotor blades of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter churned and slowly came to a fullstop, they signaled the end of Chief Master Sgt. Lazaro Ibarra's final flighthere, Dec. 2. Within minutes of his fini-flight, the 301st RescueSquadron's retiring chief was doused with fluorescent green sea dye, a powerfultool for open-water rescue operations,
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off Dec. 6 at 4:44 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., en route to the International Space Station. The rocket was carrying the Cygnus resupply spacecraft, which is due to deliver roughly 7,700 pounds of supplies to the ISS Dec. 9.  Reservists from the 920th Rescue Wing provide range clearance and safety support for all launches from CCAFS. (Courtesy photo/ULA) Rescue wing clears path for launch, resupply mission
Wing reservists from the 920th Rescue Wing here provided range clearance and safety support for a resupply mission to the International Space Station. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Cygnus Pressurized Cargo Module lifted off successfully
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Senior Master Sgt. Josiah Blanton, (left), 304th Rescue Squadron Guardian Angel team leader, plots rescue coordinates prior to embarking on a search and rescue mission with Guardian Angel Airman and search and rescue volunteers October 26, 2015. The teams ultimately rescued two men who went missing in the remote Oregon wilderness area, 19 miles east Estacada, 45 miles east of Portland. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Chris Bernard)
AF Reservists join effort to rescue missing men
Air Force reservistsjoined forces with local volunteer search and rescue organizations to rescue twomen who went missing Oct. 25.The call for help came Oct. 26 from the Clackamas County Sherriff's office requestingassistance to help locate two men who were overdue by 6 hours after they wentwild mushroom hunting in a remote wilderness area 19 miles
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Air Force Reserve aircrew members load cannisters of sea dye into the flare launcher system of an HC-130P/N King aircraft prior to launching a search-and-rescue mission. The dye, which spreads into a large, bright flourescent green patch in seawater, is used to mark the location of a survivor during a search operation. The reservists are members of the 920th Rescue Wing, the Air Force Reserve’s only rescue unit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Paul Flipse) Reserve rescue assists with search for cargo ship
The 920th Rescue Wing deployed an aircraft Tuesday in support of the search for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro, which is believed to have sunk during Hurricane Joaquin.A wing aircrew departed from here in an HC-130P/N King aircraft today at approximately 10:45 a.m. with two 4-man pararescue teams on board.The Reserve wing joins
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2015
The PJs were hoisted down, attached the pilot and were lifted up while the HH-60 Pave Hawk hovered over head during water survival training at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida on September 14 - 18, 2015. The joint exercise consisted of the 301st Fighter Wing, the 457th Fighter Squadron, both from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, the 44th Fighter Group, Tyndall AFB, Fl., the 920th Rescue Wing, 308th Rescue Squadron, Patrick AFB, Fl., and Naval Air Station Key West Base Operations, Key West, Fl. (U.S. Air Force photo and graphic/Lt. Col. Jeremy Boyd) F-22, F-16 pilots hone water survival skills
More than 70 reservists and active duty service members from three units participated in water survival training at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, Sept. 14 - 18. Service members from the 301st Fighter Wing here and its geographically separated F-22 unit, the 44th Fighter Group at Tyndall Air
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Left: Master Sgt. Mike Maroney embraces 3-yar-old LeShay Brown after rescuing her and her family from a New Orleans rooftop after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Right: Mahroney and 13-year-old Brown reunite after a 10-year search by Maroney to find the girl who's smile and hug helped him through the difficulties of the rescue effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman First class Veronica Pierce/Waner Brothers photo/Erica Parise) Rescuer reunites with ‘Katrina Girl’
Ten years ago, Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney hovered over a maelstrom of water, debris and human suffering. New Orleans, a once vibrant mecca for revelers and tourists, was ground zero for impoverished refugees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.By Sept. 6, 2005, Maroney had become depressed and felt detached from the city’s suffering. He had spent the
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