68th RQS mountain training

A U.S. Air Force pararescueman from the 68th Rescue Squadron belays down a cliff face during top-rope training in the Coronado National Forest in Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 28, 2017. The 68th RQS is the formal Guardian Angel training unit and is responsible for upgrade training of pararescuemen to produce competent team members for units across the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley N. Steffen)

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Guardian Angels undergo intensive pre-deployment training

U.S. Air Force Reserve pararescuemen Senior Master Sgts. Wes Hufnagel, top, andChris Lais, both from the 308th Rescue Squadron, attempt to cut and remove the door of a damaged vehicle to extract an “injured patient” inside a multi-story training structure at Guardian Centers, Perry, Georgia, Oct. 13, 2017. Members from the U.S. Air Force’s 308th, 301st and 38th Rescue Squadrons and U.S. Army’s 20th Special Forces Group, spent Oct. 10-15 at the Guardian Centers, a metroplex providing 80 structures, 16 blocks and 75 acres of realistic urban training to hone their search and rescue skills before their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Stephen D. Schester)

Short jump, long drop


U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 31st Rescue Squadron and U.S. Army Soldiers walk down a runway toward an MC-130J Commando II after parachute training Oct. 3, 2017, at Ie Shima, Japan. Service members must retain their proficiency in jump operations to ensure they are ready to conduct operational and humanitarian missions at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)


Kentucky Air Guardsmen deploy for Hurricane Maria recovery operations


Master Sgt. Harley Bobay, a combat controller in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, provides air traffic control to planes delivering relief supplies to Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sept. 22, 2017. Bobay is one of seven Airmen from the unit who deployed to the Caribbean to support recovery operations following Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Air National Guard photo)

Pacific Thunder 18-1 kicks off

Members of the 33rd Rescue Squadron and 31st Rescue Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan, prepare for a combat search and rescue mission during Exercise Pacific Thunder 18-1 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 23, 2017. This year’s exercise is the largest Pacific Thunder hosted at Osan with more than 20 U.S. squadrons and nine ROK wings participating. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gwendalyn Smith)