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An Army Ranger from the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., confirms tactical information before loading into a C-130 Hercules during a joint exercise on the flightline Oct. 15, 2014, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Army Rangers participate in exercises periodically to maintain a high level of combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Janelle Patiño)
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Posted: 10/24/2014

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Army Rangers from the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., advance to their objective in a Humvee just off the flightline Oct. 15, 2014, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Army Rangers trained in darkness and used simulated munitions and small pyrotechnics to make the exercise as realistic as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Janelle Patiño)
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Fairchild hosts Army Ranger training

An inspector from the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., supervises a joint exercise as Army Rangers advance to their objective on the flightline Oct. 15, 2014, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Janelle Patiño)
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Posted: 10/24/2014

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Welcome to the production room

This is where the magic happens during Team Fairchild's The Boom Podcast every Friday at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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Posted: 10/24/2014

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Masters of the sky, seas

Capt. Matthew Arnold swims towards a hoist from a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter during a water operations training scenario Oct. 17, 2014, at Long Lake, Washington. As part of the water operations training, Arnold entered the water, waited for the pilot to make several passes to familiarize themselves on approach and hoisting procedures over water. Once in the water and actions were complete, swimmers would communicate to the pilots that they were ready for pick-up using hand signals over their heads. The flight engineer would then hoist the swimmers up from approximately 40 feet. Some pilots were tasked to complete several attempts of ‘helo-casting’ and hoisting to complete their search and rescue certification while others were trainers or used the mission as re-certification. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Posted: 10/22/2014

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Capt. Matthew Arnold, 66th Training Squadron combat rescue officer, performs a ‘helo-cast’ out of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter during a water operations training scenario Oct. 17, 2014, at Long Lake, Washington. Helo-casting is style of deployment that combat rescue officers use to enter the water in a time when minutes mean seconds to save a live. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Posted: 10/22/2014

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Capt. Marcus Truman, 336th Training Group combat rescue officer, looks out the bay door of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter during a water operations training scenario Oct. 17, 2014, at Long Lake, Washington. The training was also conducted to help train new helicopter pilots and aircrew assigned to the 36th Rescue Flight with maneuvering and retracting persons from water situations. Without a full survivor scenario, the focus was on the initial training of new pilots and the recertification of aircrew members with the 36th Rescue Flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Posted: 10/22/2014

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Capt. Marcus Truman, 336th Training Group combat rescue officer, is hoisted back onto a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter during a water operations training scenario Oct. 17, 2014, at Long Lake, Washington. A complete water operations training mission would entail simulated recovery of isolated personnel in water situations with the participation of pilots and aircrews from the rescue flight or boat with support personnel aboard. Combat rescue officers are in charge of gathering safety teams to understand the mission, plan out a recovery strategy with aircrews, receive approval and execute the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Posted: 10/22/2014

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Capt. Marcus Truman, 336th Training Group combat rescue officer, freefall jumps out of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter during water operations training scenario Oct. 17, 2014, at Long Lake, Washington. Truman was participating in the scenarios to stay current and proficient on his training as combat rescue officer. Becoming a combat rescue officer entails an extraneous two-phase program that filters officer candidates, solidifying who can withstand high winds, rough seas, extreme weather, mental fatigue and still lead the mission at hand. In 2002, the Combat Rescue Officer program was instated by the Air Force chief of staff, with the vision of having expert leading Airmen in parachuting, personal recovery, diving, resistance during captivity. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Posted: 10/22/2014

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Maj. Dee Bochte and Capt. Josiah Hart, 36th Rescue Flight helicopter pilots, look for safe landing zone for freefall swimmers from the 336th Training Group during a water operations training scenario Oct. 17, 2014, at Long Lake, Washington. The training was held to train new helicopter pilots and aircrew assigned to the 36th Rescue Flight with maneuvering and retracting persons from water situations. On average, the unit responds from 15 to 20 emergencies each year and is credited with saving more than 687 lives since its inception in 1971. These missions included search and rescue for crashed aircraft and lost hikers, fisherman and hunters; notification and evacuation of backcountry personnel in the face of Washington's worst fire season in seven years; transport of a critically-injured gunshot victim; and the rescue of a seriously injured back-country snowboarder with a 200-foot hoist using night vision in Sandpoint, Idaho. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Posted: 10/22/2014

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Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bernite, 36th Rescue Flight aircrew flight engineer, looks out the bay door of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter during water operations training scenario for combat rescue officers from the 336th Training Group and 36th RQF pilots Oct. 17, 2014, at Long Lake, Washington. Aircrew engineers go through 25 days of rigorous training consisting undergraduate course, combat survival training, water survival, non-parachuting survival and a basic flight engineer course. Engineers maintain fixed-wing or rotary wing helicopters aircraft systems. They will monitor hydraulics, engine power during climb and approach while communicating with the pilots to ensure exact placement of the aircraft for extraction and hoist control. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Posted: 10/22/2014

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Capt. Matthew Arnold, 66th Training Squadron combat rescue officer, is hoisted onto a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter from the 36th Rescue Flight during a water operations training scenario Oct. 17, 2014, at Long Lake, Washington. Combat rescue officer, or CRO, is a career field that was created to strengthen Air Force personnel recovery capabilities. The CRO specialty includes direct combatant command and control of combat search and rescue operations. CRO’s and aircrews also train to perform these iterations in rough seas where a rescue hoist is not possible due to wave action. In that instance, they must calculate their jump from the aircraft to land at the top of the wave to avoid freefalling too far and injuring themselves while entering the water. All of this requires constant communication with the entire aircrew and practice. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Posted: 10/22/2014

    

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