Horn of Africa will carry out personnel recovery missions throughout the region from servicemen and women out of Patrick Airforce Base.

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE - Approximately 100 Citizen Airmen from eight different units across the 920th Rescue Wing recently deployed in support of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa to carry out personnel recovery missions throughout the region.

“The 920th Rescue Wing is the highest tasked and deployed wing in the Air Force Reserve Command,” said Col. Kurt Matthews, 920th Rescue Wing commander. “The preparation that goes into getting our citizen Airmen out the door is unique. We ensure they are at or are exceeding the readiness standards of their Active Duty counterparts, while they balance civil responsibilities leading up to the deployment.”

The 920th RQW owns and operates HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and HC-130N King fixed-wing air refueling aircraft. It has three geographically separated units: the 943rd Rescue Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; the 304th Rescue Squadron, Portland, Oregon; and the 920th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

The wing has a 50-year history of saving lives, and its Airmen have rescued those in need during peacetime and combat. They live by the motto, “these things we do that others may live.”

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