BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Deploying service members of the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, were honored at a party recently hosted by Mary Daugherty, owner of Mary’s Downtown Salsa.
The spirits of the party-goers were not dampened by the rain, which fell intermittently throughout the afternoon as Daugherty, ever the perfect hostess, was prepared with tents erected in the front yard.
AIR FORCE RESERVE COMMAND’S PREMIER COMBAT CSAR
Headquartered at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, the 920th Rescue Wing is the Air Force Reserve Command’s premier combat search and rescue (CSAR) unit.
The wing consists of over 1,500 Airmen, trained and equipped to locate and recover U.S. Armed Forces personnel during both peacetime and wartime military operations.
Additional missions include providing rescue support for NASA Space Shuttle missions, providing search and rescue support for civilians who are lost or in distress and lending support in humanitarian and disaster relief operations with the wing’s HH-60G Pave Hawk and HC-130P/N Hercules aircraft.
In addition to its aircraft squadrons in Florida and Arizona, the wing also has three additional squadrons in Florida, Arizona and Oregon consisting of Combat Rescue Officers (CROs) and enlisted Pararescuemen, the latter known as PJs.
While many CROs and PJs enter the 920 RQW from the active duty Air Force, others are accessed directly into the Air Force Reserve.
BELOW VIDEO: Ride – fall and swim – along with the United States Air Force Reserve pararescue personnel as they jump out of an HC-130P/N Hercules aircraft and parachute into the ocean off Cocoa Beach, Florida to in a demonstration of search and rescue techniques.