Milestone Rescue

Posted 18 May 2013
Photo by SSgt. Devin Doskey

The 129th Rescue Wing, the California Air National Guard unit at Moffett Federal Airfield in Sunnyvale, recorded its 1,000th career rescue on 18 May 2013, when deployed wing aircrews and pararescuemen evacuated an Afghan national policeman who had suffered a gunshot wound. Since its conversion to a rescue wing in 1975, the 129th RQW, which currently flies both the HC-130P Combat King and the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, is credited with more than 400 combat saves and nearly 600 civilian saves. A save is defined as a recovered individual in danger of losing his/her life, a limb, or eyesight. The 129th RQW was originally established as an air resupply group in 1955.

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