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Rescue task force stood up in response to Hurricane Gustav

Tech. Sgt. Eric Valdez, 129th Rescue Wing loadmaster, scans the ground in Louisiana for civilian victims in need of rescue Sept. 2.  More than 80 Airmen from the 129th RQW deployed to Ellington Field, Texas, as part of Joint Task Force 129, which supported Hurricane Gustav rescue operations. Air National Guardsmen from the 106th Rescue Wing, Gabreski Airport, N.Y., and 176th Wing, Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska, were also part of the rescue task force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Tech. Sgt. Eric Valdez, 129th Rescue Wing loadmaster, scans the ground in Louisiana for civilian victims in need of rescue Sept. 2. More than 80 Airmen from the 129th RQW deployed to Ellington Field, Texas, as part of Joint Task Force 129, which supported Hurricane Gustav rescue operations. Air National Guardsmen from the 106th Rescue Wing, Gabreski Airport, N.Y., and 176th Wing, Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska, were also part of the rescue task force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

A line of HH-60G Pave Hawks from the 943rd Rescue Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., 176th Wing, Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska, and 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., sit on the flightline at Ellington Field, Texas, Sept. 3. The U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard aircraft and personnel provided the governors of Louisiana and Texas air search and rescue assets for the response to Hurricane Gustav. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sgt. Ray Aquino)

A line of HH-60G Pave Hawks from the 943rd Rescue Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., 176th Wing, Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska, and 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., sit on the flightline at Ellington Field, Texas, Sept. 3. The U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard aircraft and personnel provided the governors of Louisiana and Texas air search and rescue assets for the response to Hurricane Gustav. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Tech. Sgt. Luigge Romanillo, 129th Rescue Wing pararescueman, embarks on an MC-130P Combat Shadow in Meridian, Miss., Sept. 3. Sergeant Romanillo was on search and rescue alert in Mississippi and returned to Ellington Field, Texas. More than 80 Airmen from the 129th RQW deployed to Ellington Field, Texas, as part of Joint Task Force 129, which supported Hurricane Gustav rescue operations. Air National Guardsmen from the 106th Rescue Wing, Gabreski Airport, N.Y., and 176th Wing, Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska, were also part of the rescue task force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Tech. Sgt. Luigge Romanillo, 129th Rescue Wing pararescueman, embarks on an MC-130P Combat Shadow in Meridian, Miss., Sept. 3. Sergeant Romanillo was on search and rescue alert in Mississippi and returned to Ellington Field, Texas. More than 80 Airmen from the 129th RQW deployed to Ellington Field, Texas, as part of Joint Task Force 129, which supported Hurricane Gustav rescue operations. Air National Guardsmen from the 106th Rescue Wing, Gabreski Airport, N.Y., and 176th Wing, Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska, were also part of the rescue task force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Chief Master Sgt. Ken Huntley, 129th Rescue Wing loadmaster, waits for the HH-60G Pave Hawk to link up with the MC-130P Combat Shadow during an aerial refueling over Louisiana.  More than 80 Airmen from the 129th RQW deployed to Ellington Field, Texas, as part of Joint Task Force 129, which supported Hurricane Gustav rescue operations. Air National Guardsmen from the 106th Rescue Wing, Gabreski Airport, N.Y., and 176th Wing, Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska, were also part of the rescue task force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Chief Master Sgt. Ken Huntley, 129th Rescue Wing loadmaster, waits for the HH-60G Pave Hawk to link up with the MC-130P Combat Shadow during an aerial refueling over Louisiana. More than 80 Airmen from the 129th RQW deployed to Ellington Field, Texas, as part of Joint Task Force 129, which supported Hurricane Gustav rescue operations. Air National Guardsmen from the 106th Rescue Wing, Gabreski Airport, N.Y., and 176th Wing, Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska, were also part of the rescue task force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Two HH-60G Pave Hawks perform an aerial refueling mission with an MC-130P Combat Shadow over Louisiana Sept. 2. The aircraft and crew are from the 129th Rescue Wing based out of Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. More than 80 Airmen from the 129th RQW deployed to Ellington Field, Texas, as part of Joint Task Force 129, which supported Hurricane Gustav rescue operations. Air National Guardsmen from the 106th Rescue Wing, Gabreski Airport, N.Y., and 176th Wing, Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska, were also part of the rescue task force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)

Two HH-60G Pave Hawks perform an aerial refueling mission with an MC-130P Combat Shadow over Louisiana Sept. 2. The aircraft and crew are from the 129th Rescue Wing based out of Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. More than 80 Airmen from the 129th RQW deployed to Ellington Field, Texas, as part of Joint Task Force 129, which supported Hurricane Gustav rescue operations. Air National Guardsmen from the 106th Rescue Wing, Gabreski Airport, N.Y., and 176th Wing, Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska, were also part of the rescue task force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)