Skydiving, scuba diving, mountain climbing: all are an adrenaline junkie’s dream, but they’re also part of the day-to-day duties of Air Force Reserve Pararescue Jumper (known as a PJ) Matthew Gaddy. In the simplest terms, a PJ helps people, whether it’s hikers who’ve lost their way or campers who’ve run into trouble.
Combat controllers and pararescuemen from the 720th Operations Support Squadron Advanced Skills Training flight at Hurlburt Field, Fla., off-load a UH-1 Huey from the 6th Special Operations Squadron during a combat search and rescue training scenario on Eglin Air Force Base range Sept. 13, 2007.
Air National Guard pararescuemen from the 103rd Rescue Squadron, 106th Rescue Wing, New York Air National Guard, and West Coast-based Navy SEALs leap from the ramp of an Air Force C-17 transport aircraft during free-fall parachute training over Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Jan. 21, 2011.
Two 56th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawks respond in a combat search and rescue scenario on Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. Unlike other rescue squadrons, the 56th RQS is the only unit with a dedicated combat search and rescue force to conduct personnel recovery for a joint force.
(U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Trevor T. McBride, 16 JAN 2015.)