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Pavehawk: Up close and personal.
SOLDIER STORIES: Inside Combat Rescue
United States Pararescuemen in Afghanistan.
These men are from the National Geographic documentary ‘Inside Combat Rescue’
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Late Night Nookie #soldierporn: You go down, we’ll come.
[Top Left] An A-10 Thunderbolt from the 163rd Fighter Squadron, Indiana Air National Guard, Fort Wayne, Ind., does a show of force maneuver after locating a simulated downed pilot during RED FLAG-Alaska 13-3, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.
[Top Right] Two U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters from the 210th Rescue Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, arrive to rescue a simulated downed pilot.
[Bottom] Maj. Michael Cahill, 353rd Combat Training Squadron director of operations, sends location information to friendly forces and gains line of sight. Cahill was acting as a downed pilot while his position was defended by several friendly aircraft.
(Photos by Senior Airman Shawn Nickel, 22 AUG 2013.)
A rescue swimmer and Marine with Marine Transport Squadron 1 (VMR-1) are hoisted to safety into a HH-46 Sea Knight helicopter (Pedro), also with VMR-1, during water survival training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. VMR-1 provides search and rescue support to MCAS Cherry Point based aircraft as well as short and medium range rapid response transport of key personnel and critical logistics.
(Photos by Lance Cpl Steve Acuff, 9 JUL 2013.)
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Hold tight.
A flight medic from the crew of a UH-60 Black Hawk of 1-228th Aviation brings up a Green Beret after connecting a hoist during practice hoist operations with Green Berets from 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) off the coast of Utila, Honduras. Two flight crews from 1-228th Aviation Regiment practiced hoist operations by conducting rescue simulations with day and night iterations to stay proficient.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven K. Young, 25 JUL 2013.)
Ed Drew is an artist who’s studying at the San Francisco Art Institute, pursuing a BFA in sculpture with a minor in photography. He’s also a defensive heavy weapons and tactics specialist for the California Air National Guard.
When Drew was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan this past April as a helicopter aerial gunner, he decided to bring his passion for photography with him. What resulted were the first tintype photos to be created in a combat zone since the Civil War.
The Brooklyn-born photographer tells us that his motivation for the project was to stay sharp and not get rusty while he was away from home. “I was really interested in making art while I was in Afghanistan so I wouldn’t lose my momentum in my absence from art school,” he says.
I love these so much!
Because furry soldiers need saving too.
[Top left] Airman 1st Class Jason Fischman, 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescueman, U.S. Army Sergeant Nina Alero, tactical explosive detection dog handler, and her dog Rex step off a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during rescue training. This training was a first for both branches and prepared them for future rescue missions.
[Top right] Airman 1st Class Jason Fischman secures a harness to a tactical explosive detection dog prior to hoisting into a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during a training scenario. The harness was specifically created for this training by pararescueman assigned to the 83rd ERQS.
[Middle] Pararescuemen assist Specialist Matthew Shaw in preparing a tactical explosive detection dog for hoisting into an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during a rescue training exercise.
[Bottom left] US Army Specialist Matthew Shaw prepares a TEDD for hoist rescue training.
[Bottom right] Airman 1st Class Jason Fischman hoists a TEDD into a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during a joint rescue training scenario.
(Photos and article by Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade, 21 JUN 2013.)
BAGRAM AIR FIELD - More than 15 U.S. Army tactical explosive detection dog (TEDD) handlers and their canines participated in rescue training scenarios with pararescueman assigned to the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, June 21, 2013.
The training required Army infantry personnel to practice hoisting their dogs into a helicopter.
According to U.S. Army Sgt. Jack Barsley, the infantry career field inherited the tactical explosive detection dogs less than five years ago. The dogs are trained to detect 14 different scents, including TNT, C4, homemade explosives and even detonation cord that could be wired to an improvised explosive device.
"The MP’s have military working dogs, but we [infantry] perform more of the tactical portion outside the wire," said Barsley, deployed from Fort Campbell, Ky., and native of Perry, Ohio. "We fight in combat while using our dogs to help find IED’s. The chances of us needing rescued are high while here."
Just like people, some dogs are comfortable with helicopters and some are not. According to the dog handlers, most of the dogs were skittish so each duo took turns bringing the dogs near the helicopters to get them used to the sound prior to hoisting them.
Sgt. Nina Alero deployed from Fort Riley, Kansas, has already participated in a mission off base requiring her and the dog to get onto a helicopter.
"The dog was stressed out because of all the noise, it’s like sensory overload for them," said Sgt. Alero, a native of San Diego. "This training would have been beneficial to have prior, so I could have known my dog’s reaction to getting in and out of the chopper."
This exercise serves as familiarization training not only for the dogs and their handlers, but pararescuemen as well.
"Most pararescueman have never hoisted dogs into a helicopter before, so this was an experiment to see how the dogs would react to the sound of the helicopters and being in air," said Staff Sgt. Kenneth O’Brien, 83rd ERQS pararescueman and native of Bunker Hill, Ind.
A week prior, the pararescueman created a specialized K-9 harness specifically for this training. O’Brien, who is on his second deployment, said that he has never had to hoist a military working dog during a mission. On his first deployment, he did provide medical care to at least 10 military dogs.
"It’s best that we figure out all the kinks in training while we are in a controlled environment, rather than when we are in the field getting shot at," said O’Brien, deployed from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.
"This training is very important because in this mountainous terrain, we practice hoisting people all the time, but there is always a chance we will have to rescue a dog because they are part of the team too."
Military working dogs have been a valuable asset to the military since their first use in 1942 as the Army’s K-9 corps. In today’s military, they have a variety of duties and hold military rank.
Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Let’s see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
A helicopter lifts off after inserting Navy SEALs to attack a simulated enemy threat during Operation Urban Corkscrew as part of Emerald Warrior 2013 on Camp Shelby, Miss., April 29, 2013. The SEALs extracted two simulated downed helicopter pilots and returned them to safety during the operation.