Good news story USA military. Bravo all hands Well done! American pararescue jumpers [PJ's] stand tall.
From the Internet webzine "Coffee or Die" the story July 05, 2022 • Hannah Ray Lambert.
"NEAR DEATH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ATLANTIC: PARARESCUEMEN AWARDED MEDALS FOR HIGH-STAKES TAMAR RESCUE"
RESCUE MISSION THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, DEEP WATER!
"The HC-130 King flew low over the Atlantic Ocean under a ceiling of dense clouds. Open water stretched for hundreds of miles, and the sun was sinking over the horizon. In the plane’s cargo bay, a team of New York Air National Guard pararescuemen [PJ's] and combat rescue officers lined up at the rear of the plane as the ramp lowered. Wind roared into the cabin."
"More than a thousand feet below, two crewmen clung to life aboard the Tamar, a Slovenian bulk cargo carrier. Two of their shipmates had already died after an explosion in the ship’s forward storeroom. The two survivors needed immediate medical aid for severe burns."
"So the PJs did what they do best — they jumped."
Mission successful. Medals awarded and medals well deserved. Devoted readers to the blog I strongly encourage you to read the entire article without reservation or qualification.
PJ as was recently only about one-hundred eighty slots as existing in the active duty air force USA. At any given moment only about two-thirds of those slots which were filled! A rigorous training program with a skill set for the PJ's almost without equal.
At one time too PJ was strictly confined to the enlisted ranks. Such is the prestige for being a qualified PJ that those of the officer class clamored for admission into the program also.
Again, good going all hands!
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