The crucial role of communication.

[1] U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ryan Darnell (left), 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescue team leader, briefs Staff Sgt. Jason Lee and his teammates before a mission rehearsal in an excess structure at Bagram Air Field.

[2] U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ryan Darnell, 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescue team leader, prepares for a mission rehearsal.

[3] U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jake Racicot (left), Capt. Cameron Rochelle (center), and Master Sgt. Ryan Darnell, from the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, debrief following a mission rehearsal.

The event allowed PJs to hone their breaching, clearing, patient care and egress skills. Air Force rescue forces conduct combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations. The 83rd ERQS partnered with Joint Task Force Trailblazer, U.S. Army 2nd Engineer Brigade, to use the structure prior to its scheduled deconstruction. Task Force Trailblazer is currently demolishing 50-70 wooden structures here each week as part of Operation Enduring Freedom retrograde operations.

(U.S. Air Force photos by Maj. Brandon Lingle, 26 AUG 2014.)

Tight squeeze.

[1] U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ryan Darnell (right), 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron team leader, and his teammates move a mock patient through an opening during a mission rehearsal in an excess structure at Bagram Air Field.

[2,3] U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ryan Darnell, 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescue team leader, monitors mock patient, Airman 1st Class Benjamin Martin, while the team prepares to extract him from the structure through a hole in the floor.

[4] U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Thomas Schalin hands Senior Airman Joseph Brady a backpack after pulling mock patient, Airman 1st Class Benjamin Martin, from a building during a mission rehearsal.

[5] U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Lee pulls himself out of a crawlspace as Senior Airman Joseph Brady secures equipment.

The mission rehearsal event allowed pararescuemen from the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron to hone their breaching, clearing, patient care and egress skills. Air Force rescue forces conduct combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations. The 83rd ERQS partnered with Joint Task Force Trailblazer, U.S. Army 2nd Engineer Brigade, to use the structure prior to its scheduled deconstruction. Task Force Trailblazer is currently demolishing 50-70 wooden structures here each week as part of Operation Enduring Freedom retrograde operations.

(US Air Force photos by Major Brandon Lingle, 26 AUG 2014.)

Low profile extraction route competition.

[1,2] U.S. Air Force Capt. Cameron Rochelle, 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron combat rescue officer, works to cut a hole in the floor during a mission rehearsal in an excess structure at Bagram Air Field. (With bonus Graffiti of Eloquence.)

[3,4] U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Lee, 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescue element leader, pulls linoleum flooring in preparation for U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Brady, 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescue team member, to make an extraction route through the floor with a cut-off saw. 

(U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Brandon Lingle, 26 AUG 2014.)

PJ’s playground entry method.

[1,2] U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Brady (left), Staff Sgt. Jason Lee (center), and Senior Airman Thomas Schalin breach a door and prepare to clear a room. 

[3] U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ryan Darnell (left), Staff Sgt. Jake Racicot (center) and Capt. Cameron Rochelle, 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron members, rush into a room during a mission rehearsal in an excess structure. The event allowed pararescuemen from the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron to hone their breaching, clearing, patient care and egress skills. Air Force rescue forces conduct combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations.

The 83rd ERQS partnered with Joint Task Force Trailblazer, U.S. Army 2nd Engineer Brigade, to use the structure prior to its scheduled deconstruction. Task Force Trailblazer is currently demolishing 50-70 wooden structures at Bagram Air Field each week as part of Operation Enduring Freedom retrograde operations.

(U.S. Air Force photos by Maj. Brandon Lingle, 26 AUG 2014.)

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Pedro swingset.
Pararescue jumpers practice rescue hoisting from their HH-60 Pavehawks.  High-res

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Pedro swingset.

Pararescue jumpers practice rescue hoisting from their HH-60 Pavehawks. 

(via itsramez)

US Army Specialist Christopher A. Landis. 10 FEB 2014.

Died at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered during a rocket propelled grenade attack on their dismounted patrol in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. Landis was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Late Night Nookie #soldierporn: Invisible scars.

A coalition forces member fires a Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) during marksmanship training on a range on Kandahar Air Field, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Coalition forces qualified with various weapon systems to maintain their proficiency.

(U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Dacotah Lane, 15 JAN 2014.)

US Army Sergeant Daniel T. Lee. 15 JAN 2014.

Died in Ghorband district of Parwan Province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire during an Afghan-led clearing operation led by commandos of 6th SOK. Lee was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Bragg, N.C.

The official ISAF HQ Public Affairs statement:

The mission, led by commandos of the 6th Special Operations Kandak and supported by ISAF special operations advisers, was conducted to disrupt insurgent activities in the district, including attacks on Bagram Airfield, and in support of Afghan National Security Forces’ tactical priorities. Local district and provincial officials were informed in advance of the operation and were provided updates during and after the actions.

The operation was conducted in a high threat area with Taliban activity, some linked to the Haqqani network. The insurgents in this area enjoy freedom of movement allowing them to harass and threaten the local population as well as stage and facilitate attacks. The majority of the intelligence for the operation was provided by Afghan forces. Qari Nazar Gul, Taliban Deputy Shadow Governor for Parwan Province and a member of the senior Taliban Commission, was known to operate in the area. Gul has ties to the Haqqani network and transports weapons, fighters and suicide bombers to Parwan and Kabul. Gul has conducted attacks against ANSF and coalition forces including a complex attack at Bagram Airfield. 

Noorullah is a mid-level Taliban Commander in Ghorband district who coordinates attacks and emplaces IEDs targeting ANSF patrols and check points in the area where this operation was conducted. He also distributes weapons, ammunition and rockets to Taliban fighters.

While moving through Ghorband district, ANSF commandos and their coalition advisers came under heavy fire from insurgents, resulting in the death of one ISAF service member. The force required defensive air support to suppress the enemy fire from two compounds. According to initial operational reports, at least 10 insurgents were killed. Tragically, two civilians inside a building from which insurgents were firing on the commandos were killed.

Specops sustainability.

An Afghan National Army commando recruit mans an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon  while securing an overwatch position during the commando selection and assessment course on Camp Commando near Kabul, Afghanistan.

(U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Michael J. Carden, 12 JAN 2014.)