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Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts (left) and Senior Airman Brandon Smith run through a flooded portion of Galveston, Texas, searching for residents needing help during search and rescue operations after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts and Airman Smith are both pararescueman assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts (left) and Senior Airman Brandon Smith run through a flooded portion of Galveston, Texas, searching for residents needing help during search and rescue operations after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts and Airman Smith are both pararescueman assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Senior Airman Brandon Smith (left) and Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts conduct search and rescue operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts and Airman Smith are both pararescueman assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Senior Airman Brandon Smith (left) and Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts conduct search and rescue operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts and Airman Smith are both pararescueman assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

An HH-60 Pave Hawk receives fuel from a HC-130 Hercules during search and rescue operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Both aircraft are assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

An HH-60 Pave Hawk receives fuel from a HC-130 Hercules during search and rescue operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Both aircraft are assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Senior Airman Brandon Smith (left) and Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts conduct search and rescue operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts and Airman Smith are both pararescueman assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Senior Airman Brandon Smith (left) and Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts conduct search and rescue operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts and Airman Smith are both pararescueman assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Pararescueman Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts receives a hug from a resident during search and rescue operations after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Pararescueman Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts receives a hug from a resident during search and rescue operations after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts crossloads a patient to a litter during search and rescue operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts is a pararescueman assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts crossloads a patient to a litter during search and rescue operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts is a pararescueman assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

An HH-60 Pave Hawk assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group conducts search and rescue operations after Hurricane Ike, in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

An HH-60 Pave Hawk assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group conducts search and rescue operations after Hurricane Ike, in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Pararescueman Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts conducts search and rescue operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts is assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Pararescueman Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts conducts search and rescue operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts is assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Galveston Island, Texas, after Hurricane Ike Sept. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Galveston Island, Texas, after Hurricane Ike Sept. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

An HH-60 Pave Hawk assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, sits in the street during operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)
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An HH-60 Pave Hawk assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, sits in the street during operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts (left) and Senior Airman Brandon Smith,cross-load an injured Galveston, Texas, resident from an ambulance for air evacuation during search and rescue operations after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts and Airman Smith are both pararescueman assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)
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Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts (left) and Senior Airman Brandon Smith,cross-load an injured Galveston, Texas, resident from an ambulance for air evacuation during search and rescue operations after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts and Airman Smith are both pararescueman assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

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