920th Rescue Wing Maintenance Airmen Continue Helicopter Inspection Phase Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
By Space Coast Daily // March 31, 2020
920th Rescue Wing: only Air Force Reserve Command combat-search-and-rescue wing
BREVARD COUNTY • PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA – 920th Maintenance Squadron Airmen continue to ensure the readiness of the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters during the COVID-19 pandemic and with minimal manning in effect March 24, 2020.
This helicopter is currently in the “inspection phase” in which the maintainers must inspect every area of the aircraft for worn parts, damage or corrosion.
This is part of a 600-hour phase inspection and repair process to ensure the aircraft are mission-ready at all times.
The 920th Rescue Wing is the only Air Force Reserve Command combat-search-and-rescue wing. The wing trains and equips Airmen who carry out its mission, to search for, locate and recover U.S. Armed Forces personnel during military operations.
In addition, 920th Reserve Citizen Airmen work closely with the 45th Space Wing, NASA and commercial space agencies, providing safety and security of the Eastern Range during Space Coast launches.
The 920th RQW is comprised of 23 subordinate groups and squadrons, including three geographically separated units—one at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, one at Portland, Oregon, and one at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
The wing is responsible for a demanding and compelling array of missions, and the men and women who serve here must maintain a high level of proficiency and be ready to deploy at moment’s notice.
In addition to supporting the space program, the unit’s other peacetime missions include search-and-rescue support for civilians in distress at sea, in the desert or upon mountains.
The wing also provides worldwide humanitarian relief, supporting rescue efforts in the aftermath of disasters such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. “These Things We Do, That Others May Live”.
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