Congratulations to the 920th Rescue Wing for their daring rescue of two German citizens from their burning vessel approximately 500 miles off the coast of Florida.
In a concerted effort from July 7, and into the early hours of July 8, 2017, approximately 80 Airmen and four aircraft assigned to the 920th Rescue Wing successfully rescued two German citizens whose vessel caught fire approximately 500 nautical miles off the east coast of southern Florida.
“The rescue was a culmination of skill and teamwork that involved many throughout the 920th RQW, the Coast Guard, The AFRCC and the 45th Space Wing, who provided critical support to allow our aircraft to launch and recover,” said Col. Kurt Matthews, the 920th RQW commander.
“The specific capability with our Guardian Angel Airmen, combined with our air refueling and extended-range airlift makes us uniquely able to accomplish this mission where few others in the world can. I’m very humbled and glad to be a part of this noble mission,” he continued. – US Air Force
Featured image of Airmen assigned to the 920th Rescue Wing preparing to dive into the ocean from a C-130P/N “King” during efforts to successfully rescue two German citizens whose vessel caught fire by Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Mark Borosch