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A U.S. Air Force pararescueman climbs aboard a boat after performing a static line jump as the sun sets after a lowlight training operation in the Pacific Ocean June 29, 2016. Air Force pararescue is one of the United States Department of Defense’s elite combat forces trained and equipped to conduct personnel rescue and recovery in both conventional and unconventional combat rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Omari Bernard) Last to let you down: Kadena Airmen ensure soft landing for pararescuemen
Aircrew flight equipment Airmen from the 31st Rescue Squadron ensured their charges had a safe landing during their water landing training scenario off the coast of Okinawa.
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Michels, 31st Rescue Squadron aircrew flight equipment assistant NCO in charge, straightens parachute chords while parachute packing June 20, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Michels ensures 31st RQS pararescuemen can don safe parachute packs that have passed intensive safety checks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft) Rigger up: 31st RQS AFE Airmen preserve pararescumen lives
Beads of sweat run down his forehead as he squeezes out every last cubic millimeter of air from a parachute and folds it into a bag no larger than a basic tool box, checking each step to ensure strict compliance to safety standards. After several hours of assembly and safety checks, pararescuemen of the 31st Rescue Squadron will don the parachute pack, trusting their lives to the dedication and attention to detail Senior Airman Erik Merrill, and other 31st RQS aircrew flight equipment members, execute daily.
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