Patrick Space Force’s 920th Airmen Conduct Week-Long Mass-Casualty Rescue Exercise
By Master Sgt. Kelly Goonan, 920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs // November 30, 2022
pararescuemen conducted live-fire infantry action drills and small-unit tactics
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The 920th Rescue Wing conducted a week-long validation exercise designed to refine mass-casualty emergency response procedures.
Airmen from across the wing worked to ensure pararescuemen and aircrew from HH-60G Pave Hawk and HC-130J Combat King II aircraft enhanced their abilities to treat critically injured patients in austere locations, support ground special operations teams, and conduct extended duration overland movement and in-flight patient care.
During the course of the exercise, pararescuemen conducted live-fire infantry action drills and small-unit tactics while maneuvering with patients, called in emergency close air support from HH-60s and F-15E Strike Eagles, and triaged and treated mass casualty patients.
920th RQW HH-60s conducted real-time aircraft deconfliction, high-altitude aerial refueling, and the hoisting, fast roping, and rappelling of ground forces.
The wing’s HC-130s conducted combat search and rescue-commander actions while searching for, authenticating and directing rescue forces to downed pilots, as well as performed air drops of multiple resupply bundles and troops.
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