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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.”


Steven Hoarn is the Editor/Photo Editor for Defense Media Network. He is a graduate of...

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    Steven, why did you skip over or ignore the dedicated men and women of Guardian Angel (CRO, PJ, SERE), HH-60G, and HC-130 that make it possible for PJs to do their jobs? They all work long hours, risk their lives, and live the “That Others May Live” Code of Air Rescueman.

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    The aim of this photo gallery was to showcase the unique skills and capabilities of U.S. Air Force pararescuemen. Of course any unit in the military depends on brave men and women in other units to help them accomplish their missions. Keep an eye out for future photo galleries including one that focuses on those that help the PJs.

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    Hugh Haynsworth IV

    Does the Navy have an equivalent program for Naval and Marine air units?

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    Marines have SARC (Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman). They have some of the same skills as PJs