• Airmen rescue aids in 'Golden Hour' recovery of coalition forces

    Racing against the clock, rescue flights launch into action to retrieve wounded servicemembers and other battlefield casualties. As the helicopters hover over a hostile area, the Guardian Angel team rushes out to retrieve the wounded - often risking their own lives "so that others may live." The 129th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron here responds to
  • Aerial gunners provide cover for lifesaving mission

    Air National Guard combat search and rescue crews on HH-60G Pave Hawks fly throughout Afghanistan to provide airlift and medical care to servicemembers wounded on the battlefield. More often than not, this requires them to fly into and operate in extremely hostile and precarious situations and locations, so aerial gunners are charged with
  • June 2009 Portrait of a Professional

    Portrait of a Professional is a monthly profile of an outstanding Staff Sgt. and below. Staff Sgt. Jesse Celestino, 129th LRS, is featured in this month's Portrait of a Professional.What is your favorite memory in the AF? While assigned as an F-16 crew chief at Luke I was awarded Airman of the Quarter and given a flight in the aircraft I worked on.
  • Into the sunset

  • Djibouti Dispatch: An Airman's encounter with a cheetah

    Senior Airman Krystal Rannals from the 129th Maintenance Group had the opportunity to visit a cheetah refuge May 16 with a USO-sponsored group of celebrities during her deployment to Djibouti. Below is her story about the visit. As soon as we arrived at the Cheetah Refuge we were greeted by our French tour guides and the animal caretakers. The
  • Becoming a ‘JET’ Airman

    Just when you thought you would never go "outside the wire" in a combat zone, there you are, in a Joint Expeditionary Task Unit Line Number mission, providing critical skills and expertise, under the Army's tactical control. In a growing joint environment within Central Command, Air Force Airmen are in the mix with Army units fighting the war on
  • Wing reaches milestone, 600 lives saved

    Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing based here rescued two Afghan National Army soldiers in the Oruzgan Province of Afghanistan May 15, raising the number of lives saved by the unit from 599 to 601. Two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters were scrambled without delay to recover the Afghan soldiers who were critically injured with gunshot

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