Air Force Pararescuemen in Action l Photos
'That others may live'
If your plane goes down and you are in need of a rescue you can’t do better than U.S. Air Force pararescuemen or “PJs.” The mission of the “PJs” is to rescue and provide basic medical treatment to personnel in both humanitarian and combat environments. This may include everything from Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham’s heroic action at the Battle of Takur Ghar, where he was posthumously awarded an Air Force Cross, to rescue missions conducted during the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima earthquake in Japan. The pararescue career field is owned by Air Combat Command; however, a select few join units in Air Force Special Operations Command which is also responsible for training, manning, and equipping PJ units. Their intense training and demonstrated capability have allowed the “PJs” to repeatedly live up to their motto: “That Others May Live.”