Rescue wing clears path for launch, resupply mission
920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs
/ Published December 07, 2015
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
reservists from the 920th Rescue Wing here provided range clearance and safety
support for a resupply mission to the International Space Station.
United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Cygnus Pressurized Cargo
Module lifted off successfully from Launch Complex 41 at nearby Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station at 4:44 p.m. Sunday.
The spacecraft, carrying roughly
7,700 pounds of supplies, is due to arrive at the ISS Dec. 9.
before each launch, two 920th aircrews aboard HH-60G Pave Hawk
helicopters patrol the Eastern Range for air and marine traffic. The Eastern
Range is a 70-mile long by 10-mile wide swath of Atlantic Ocean extending east
from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The area must be cleared prior to
every launch because it is the area most susceptible to falling rocket debris in
the event of a mishap.
The rescue wing's primary mission is combat search
and rescue (CSAR), which includes rescuing servicemembers trapped and/or wounded
behind enemy lines. Additionally, the wing performs civil search and rescue and
Since being activated in 1956, the 920th Rescue Wing
has saved roughly 4,000 lives, including more than 850 combat rescues. It is the
only CSAR unit in the Air Force Reserve.