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Rescue Airmen conduct medical evacuation of cruise passenger at sea Airmen conduct long-range rescue of cruise passenger
Within two hours of the call, Airmen with the 920th Rescue Wing took to the skies bound for a cruise ship roughly 500 miles off the Florida coastline carrying an elderly passenger suffering an acute condition and in need of medical evacuation Nov. 7, 2017.
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2017
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, visits Patrick Air Force Base. AF senior leaders thank Patrick-Cape Airmen for Irma recovery efforts
The Under Secretary of the Air Force, Matthew Donovan, and the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, thanked Airmen for their Hurricane Irma recovery efforts Sept. 20, 2017, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
0 9/21
2017
Rescue Airman amputee wins battle to serve in AFRC Rescue Airman amputee wins battle to serve in AFRC
For most, an amputation would be the greatest challenge they have ever faced in life, but for one Reserve Airman, the real struggle came when he fought to keep serving.
0 8/25
2017
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, then-Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney, a helicopter pararescue specialist, was on day seven of a Hurricane Katrina recovery mission when he saw a family on the roof of their home flagging for help. Strapped in and ready to go, he was lowered from his rescue helicopter to the rooftop. What he did not know was 3-year-old LeShay Brown would lift his spirits higher than a helicopter. The little girl wrapped herself around him as he began to pull her to safety. Once in the helicopter, the frightened little girl kept holding onto him. A combat photographer captured the moment, which became a symbol to the country of heroism amidst devastating circumstances. To Maroney, the moment carried much more meaning.
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2015
Senior Airman Daniel Ibarra, left, and Chief Master Sgt. Lazaro Ibarra pose in front of a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter Aug. 27, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The Ibarra’s are a father and son deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa from the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Daniel is a loadmaster with the 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron and Chief Ibarra is a flight engineer with the 303rd ERQS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka) Deployed together: Family supports rescue missions in Africa
“It is strange to hear him on the radio talking to us back and forth while on the planes,” Chief Ibarra said. “A lot of the guys make jokes saying, ‘Is that you, Laz, or your son?’ since we kind of sound alike.”
0 9/04
2014
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