"We're excited for people to have a first-hand
look at the great work Air Force combat rescue
Airmen do every day around the world," said Col.
Billy Thompson, 23d Wing commander. "The series
portrays just a fraction of the capabilities Air
Force personnel recovery forces bring combatant
commanders, and it captures what a true team
effort this mission set requires. It's important
to realize it takes the work of hundreds of
Airmen in dozens of career fields to make the
lives saved by our rescue crews possible."
In addition to cameramen on the ground, more
than 40 mounted cameras recorded each mission to
capture thousands of hours of raw footage during
this Air Force and Department of Defense
"I am extremely proud of our combat rescue
officers, pararescuemen, and support personnel
teams," said Lt. Col. Patrick O'Rourke, 38th
Rescue Squadron commander.
"We train hard every day to ensure that when the
mission drops, we are ready and will accomplish
what is required without fail."
During the deployment, the rescue crews flew 130
missions and saved 108 lives. Air Force rescue
forces saved more than 12,200 U.S., allied and
host nation forces in conflicts worldwide since
Sept. 11, 2001. They have rescued more than
5,000 people worldwide during catastrophic
natural disasters and other responses.