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Posted 11/12/2014 Printable Fact Sheet
129th Rescue Wing
An MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft and HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter sit in front of the 129th Rescue Wing's maintenance hangar at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.
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Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the 129th Rescue Wing's mission is to train and prepare to perform its wartime mission of combat search and rescue anywhere in the world. The 129th has performed a wide variety of civilian search and rescue missions, including distressed persons aboard ships, lost or injured hikers, and medical evacuations.

The weapon systems that perform these missions are the MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter and the Guardian Angel pararescue system. The force multiplying capability of aerial refueling the HH-60G from the MC-130P makes these two aircraft an outstanding search and rescue team. As a result, the 129th RQW is often tasked to utilize its refueling capability to perform long-range search and rescue missions over land and water. While performing civilian search and rescue missions, 129th crews are honing their combat mission skills. Since the 129th RQW's designation as a rescue unit in 1975, Guardsmen have saved more than 1000 lives.

State Missions
As an Air National Guard unit, many of the 129th's missions have involved support of the Governor's office during state emergencies. The wing is the 'go to' unit due to its specialized capabilities in a wide range of environments, such as fires, floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes. The 129th has often been tasked with the medical evacuation of patients from merchant vessels at sea.

Federal Missions
The federal mission of the 129th is to rapidly deploy worldwide to conduct combat search and rescue operations, over land or water, in both hostile and permissive environments. The unit has performed rescue missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations around the globe. The 129th continues its search and rescue mission anytime, anywhere, living up to the unit motto, "These Things We Do... That Others May Live."

Guardian Angel (Pararescuemen)
Pararescuemen, also known as PJs, are among the most highly trained emergency trauma specialists in the U.S. military. They must maintain an emergency medical technician-paramedic qualification throughout their career. With this medical and rescue expertise, along with their deployment capabilities, PJs are able to perform life-saving missions in the world's most remote areas.

A PJ's primary function is as a personnel recovery specialist, with emergency medical capabilities in humanitarian and combat environments. They deploy in any available manner, to include air-land-sea tactics, into restricted environments to authenticate, extract, treat, stabilize and evacuate injured personnel, while acting in an enemy-evading, recovery role. PJs participate in search and rescue, combat search and rescue, recovery support for NASA and conduct other operations as appropriate.

HH-60G Pave Hawk Helicopter
The primary mission of the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter is to conduct day or night combat search and rescue operations into hostile environments to recover downed aircrew or other isolated personnel during war. Because of its versatility, the HH-60G is also tasked to perform military operations other than war. These tasks include civil search and rescue, emergency aeromedical evacuation, disaster relief, international aid, and counterdrug activities.

MC-130P Combat Shadow Aircraft
The MC-130P Combat Shadow flies low visibility, single or multi-ship low-level air refueling missions for special operations and rescue helicopters. The MC-130P has supported and participated in numerous evacuations, and search and humanitarian relief operations.

Counterdrug Mission
The California National Guard Counterdrug Task Force conducts drug interdiction and drug demand reduction operations throughout the state in support of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations in response to the changing drug threat to reduce the demand for and supply of drugs in California. The 129th Rescue Wing's Counterdrug Task Force detachment, Team Hawk, utilizes the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, aircrew, pararescuemen and maintainers to support local law enforcement agencies in the eradication of illegal narcotics and the cleanup of national forests environmentally damaged by marijuana production.

Unit Awards
The professionalism and dedication of the 129th Rescue Wing personnel has not gone unrecognized. In 2009 the 129th was selected as the recipient of the Spaatz Trophy. Awarded by the National Guard Association of the United States the Spaatz Trophy is named in honor of former Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Carl A. Spaatz and is presented to the overall outstanding flying unit in the Air National Guard. The 2008 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award was granted to the 129th for meritorious service during December 2006 to November 2008. Numerous unit members have received national-level awards, recognizing the high caliber of professionals contributing to the success of the 129th Rescue Wing's lifesaving mission.

More information about the 129th Rescue Wing is located at www.129rqw.ang.af.mil.  

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