920th Rescue Wing Airmen Win National Award After Rescue Off Cape Canaveral Coast

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rescued two German Citizens 500 miles off Cape Canaveral Coast

Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing were awarded with the Air Force Association Unit Award Sept. 18, 2018 during the opening and awards ceremony at their annual Air, Space & Cyberspace Conference at the Gaylord Natonal Resort and Convention Center in National Harbour, Maryland. The wing is being recognized for its outstanding effort in rescuig two German Citizens whose sailboat caught fire and sunk 500 miles off the east coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida in July 2017. (920th Rescue Wing Image)

NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND – Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing were awarded with the Air Force Association Unit Award Sept. 18, 2018, during the opening and awards ceremony at the annual Air, Space & Cyberspace Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

The wing was recognized for its outstanding effort in the rescue of two German Citizens whose sailboat caught fire and sunk 500 miles off the east coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, in July 2017.

After being alerted to the incident, the wing immediately employed a rescue plan that utilized approximately 80 Reserve Citizen Airmen to execute a long-range over water rescue operation resulting in saving the life of both men and transporting them to an Orlando, Florida hospital for further care.

The theme for this year’s AFA conference is “Multi-Domaian Operations: Leveraging the Full Spectrum,” and takes place from Sept. 17 through Sept. 19.

The professional development symposium is touted as the nation’s premier event for defense and aerospace professionals from around the world bringing together senior leaders and experts from government, industry and academia.

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It includes engaging speakers and panels focused on airpower, space, and cyber developments to the technology exposition featuring the latest technology, equipment and solutions for tomorrow’s problems.

The 920th Rescue Wing is a combat-search-and-rescue unit at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida comprised of 2,000 Air Force Reservists spread out to three geographically separated units, one at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz.; Portland Airport, Portland, Ore; Joint Langley-Eustis, Langley, Virginia. Its motto is, “These things we do, that others may live.”

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