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Read a very well done and indepth story about the 3-4 Oct 1993 Sustained fire-fight in Somolia during the attempt to capture Mohamed Farrah Aidid. Two Pararescuemen and one Combat Controller were there. Includes video and audio exerpts, photos, interviews and more.
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This site recently received the Pentagon Quality award for excellence in a military site. It has also been selected as a FEATURED PAGE in the Geocities Pentagon/Air Force section.
Special edition Newsletter - Jim Watson asked me to post the Special edition Newsletter containing information on the return of Jolly 67, and numerous letters in remembrance of CMSGT Chuck Walther who recently passed away. See the Air Force News story Arlington funeral honors crew of Jolly Green 67 for details and photos of the funeral.
Who are we and what do we do? The following job description is extracted from AF Policy Directive 16-12: Pararescue is a component of the Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) force or part of unconventional Special Tactics Teams (STS) and provides a capability Joint Force Commanders can use to recover combat aircrews and other isolated personnel. Pararescue is the only DOD specialty specifically trained and equipped to conduct conventional or unconventional recovery operations and is the force of choice for assisted survivor recovery. Pararescue performs as an essential surface/air link in Air force and Special Operations search, rescue, and recovery operations by functioning on aircrew status or as surface elements and
teams. They provide a rapid response capability and operate in a wide range of adverse geographic and environmental conditions, day or night, on land or water, to include in friendly, denied, hostile, or sensitive areas. They also provide short and long-term survival and evasion
assistance, short and long-term emergency and field trauma care, and security. Pararescue forces are capable of moving objectives (personnel and materiel) to safety or friendly control when direct recovery by aircraft is not possible.
It is my duty as a Pararescueman to save life and aid the injured. I will be
prepared at all times to perform my assigned duties quickly and efficiently,
placing these duties before my personal desires and comforts.
"These things I do that others may live."
Recommended Pages for first time visitors:
Short history of Pararescue
Learn about the beginnings of Pararescue and some of the accomplishments and missions that PJs have undertaken.
Here is a general overview of the Pararescue career field including capabilities, incentive pays, duty stations, and eligibility requirements.
A complete and detailed description of the OL-H, easily the most physically demanding school in the Air Force. Details of the exercises, water harassment, swim and run times, and other criteria required to graduate the Indoctrination course..."Quality not quantity".
Visit the final and longest school in the pipeline. Contains descriptions and pictures relating to every phase of the USAF Pararescue school located at Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Various pictures of exercises and training events. Rarely updated...this too shall pass...
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These are pages that I have developed relating to Pararescue Training and the site in general.
PHYSICAL ABILITY AND STAMINA TEST
SPECIAL FORCES COMBAT DIVER COURSE
ARMY AIRBORNE SCHOOL
ARMY HALO SCHOOL
AF SURVIVAL SCHOOL
AF WATER SURVIVAL SCHOOL
USAF PARARESCUE SCHOOL
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
SHORT PARARESCUE HISTORY
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For more information, contact your local Air Force recruiter, or write/call:
Pararescue/Combat Control Selection Team
1780 Carswell Ave., Suite 2
Rescue squadron aids state after massive ice storm
Air Force names top Pararescuers for 1997
Air Force, Coast Guard rescue 28 people from sinking ship in Atlantic
November 3rd Edition of AF Television News highlights little known and demanding Pararescue careerfield
352nd SOG leads Namibian SAR operation
Air Force Seeks Retrainees for Special Operations
Air Force STARS perform at scout jamboree
Rescue Wing supports Operation Northern Watch
Special Operators demonstrate skills to CMSAF
Special Ops Airman invade speedway for rescue attempt
Reenlistment bonuses increase in 6 skills (Including Pararescue 1T2X1)
Rescue squadrons save three seamen
Canada honors Alaska Air National Guard
Air Force Opens limited prior service recruiting
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