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SATCOM 20 February 2015 12:57

57th RQS activation provides stronger, more efficient force
 
New Rescue Squadron stands up at RAF Lakenheath. I think that having ALL the SOF at one place would have been a better option. The 321st STS is in England also, but based out of RAF Mildenhall.

http://www.lakenheath.af.mil/news/st...p?id=123439577

57th RQS activation provides stronger, more efficient force

2/19/2015 - ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England --

They are trained to risk it all to save a life, going anywhere necessary to rescue a wounded service member. Whether it be in a turbulent environment or hostile territory, pararescuemen are willing to serve "that others may live."

The 48th Fighter Wing activated a new squadron, the 57th Rescue Squadron, with a ceremony here, Feb. 18. The 57th RQS is comprised of about 30 pararescuemen and equipment personnel already stationed at RAF Lakenheath. The 56th RQS continues to operate and maintain the HH-60G Pave Hawks.

According to Maj. Patrick Gruber, 57th RQS commander, in the early 2000s, Air Force rescue squadrons began to separate their weapons systems and activate Guardian Angel squadrons, populated by combat rescue officers, pararescuemen and survival, evasion, resistance, and escape specialists. Due to their extensive training, these battlefield Airmen are considered weapons systems, along with the aircraft they use for transport.

"As long as we are flying combat missions over hostile territory, there is a need for people like we have here today," said Col. Scottie Zamzow, 48th Operations Group commander.

The first Guardian Angel squadron was established at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, in 2001. The most recent rescue squadron stood up in 2004 as the 48th rescue squadron at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

"Today, the fifth and final active duty Air Force Guardian Angel rescue squadron has broken apart from its helicopter rescue squadron," Gruber said.

This activation aligns the U.S. Air Forces in Europe personnel recovery mission to the standard U.S. Air Force structure and will improve training opportunities and support new operational requirements in the U.S. European Command and U.S. African Command areas of responsibility.

According to Gruber, as the security environment around the world changes, so must U.S. forces. The U.S. makes changes to personnel and operations based on this environment in order to better support U.S. and Allied interests with a stronger and more efficient force.

"To be commander of the 57th RQS is an amazing feeling," Gruber said. "I'm so proud to be your commander, to answer the challenge with you to provide personnel recovery wherever and whenever we are called."

MountainBum 20 February 2015 13:15

Mildenhall's on the chopping block to be closed, so everyone's going to consolidate eventually.

SATCOM 10 November 2015 06:45

UK rescue squadrons to relocate to Italy
 
That didn't last long! Now the RQS's can get used to the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region of northern Italy!

UK rescue squadrons to relocate to Italy

http://www.usafe.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123462718

11/6/2015 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The U.S. Air Force announced today that the 56th and 57th Rescue Squadrons from RAF Lakenheath, UK are relocating to Aviano Air Base, Italy starting in 2017.

These squadrons of aircraft, aircrew, Guardian Angel Weapons Systems and support personnel will relocate to Aviano Air Base starting in fiscal year 2017. This includes five HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters and approximately 350 personnel in an effort to establish an enduring Personnel Recovery location within Europe.

Rest of story at above link.

Remington Raider 10 November 2015 11:11

in other news . . .
 
why do PJ's still use HH-60's? Wouldn't the mission go quicker with an Osprey? Seriously.:confused:

SATCOM 10 November 2015 12:01

Quote:

Originally Posted by Remington Raider (Post 1058519913)
why do PJ's still use HH-60's? Wouldn't the mission go quicker with an Osprey? Seriously.:confused:

PJs have no choice in the airframes used to support their missions. When the V-22 was being brought online I was involved in some of the testing. If I remember correctly, it canít hover for very long so it canít loiter well. The Ospreyís downwash is so powerful that it frequently knocks down troops on the ground. Ospreys have problems with fast descents of the kind needed in combat zones, being prone to a condition known as 'Vortex Ring State' which has been a cause of several crashes, three of which were fatal, during development. That condition means they must descent relatively slowly, making them more vulnerable to ground fire, or risk crashing.

The HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter will be the CSAR platform for the foreseeable future.

cj 10 November 2015 17:42

Once Upon A Time, my Pathfinder Team had some fun at the Aviano Air Base NCO club. Fortunately, we got out of there without stitches or Article 15s. The fun continued on the way back to the barracks with me as designated driver. The team was lined up on both sides of the truck bed getting ready to do PLFs while we were doing about 30 MPHs. Fortunately, I spotted their plan in time to stop the truck. :eek:

Remington Raider 10 November 2015 18:21

Thank you
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SATCOM (Post 1058519942)
PJs have no choice in the airframes used to support their missions. When the V-22 was being brought online I was involved in some of the testing. If I remember correctly, it canít hover for very long so it canít loiter well. The Ospreyís downwash is so powerful that it frequently knocks down troops on the ground. Ospreys have problems with fast descents of the kind needed in combat zones, being prone to a condition known as 'Vortex Ring State' which has been a cause of several crashes, three of which were fatal, during development. That condition means they must descent relatively slowly, making them more vulnerable to ground fire, or risk crashing.

The HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter will be the CSAR platform for the foreseeable future.

That answers my question.

57Medic 17 December 2016 19:38

Glad to see the 57th continue, in some iteration or another.


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