Story by Master Sgt. Kelly Goonan / U.S. Air Force 920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs
The USAF (United States Air Force) 920th Rescue Wing conducted a week-long CSAR validation exercise designed to refine mass-casualty emergency response procedures.
920th RQW 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 Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters 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 (CSAR) 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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