Royals support Exercise RAPID RESCUE

Capts. Ryan Nichol and Jeff Hogan, 3d Airlift Squadron pilots, perform low-level maneuvers May 15, 2017, aboard a C-17 Globemaster III over the Appalachian Mountains. Nichol and Hogan practiced precision flying as they headed to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., in preparation for Exercise RAPID RESCUE. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Capts. Ryan Nichol and Jeff Hogan, 3d Airlift Squadron pilots, perform low-level maneuvers May 15, 2017, aboard a C-17 Globemaster III over the Appalachian Mountains. Nichol and Hogan practiced precision flying as they headed to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., in preparation for Exercise RAPID RESCUE. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

A member of the 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., marshals an HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter toward a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III May 15, 2017, at Moody AFB. Loading the helicopter required the use of vehicles, a winch and about 10 Airmen pushing, pulling and steering. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

A member of the 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., marshals an HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter toward a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III May 15, 2017, at Moody AFB. Loading the helicopter required the use of vehicles, a winch and about 10 Airmen pushing, pulling and steering. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Tech. Sgt. Brendan Proctor, 3d Airlift Squadron loadmaster, and Staff Sgt. Sean O’Neill, 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit crew chief assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., ensure proper block placement prior to loading an HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter onto a 3d AS C-17 Globemaster III May 15, 2017, at Moody AFB. Special care was taken to not damage either aircraft when loading. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Tech. Sgt. Brendan Proctor, 3d Airlift Squadron loadmaster, and Staff Sgt. Sean O’Neill, 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit crew chief assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., ensure proper block placement prior to loading an HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter onto a 3d AS C-17 Globemaster III May 15, 2017, at Moody AFB. Special care was taken to not damage either aircraft when loading. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Members of the 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., position an HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter May 15, 2017, on a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III at Moody AFB. The maintainers loaded two HH-60 aircraft, which were flown to Langley Air Force Base, Va., for Exercise Rapid Rescue on May 17. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Members of the 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., position an HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter May 15, 2017, on a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III at Moody AFB. The maintainers loaded two HH-60 aircraft, which were flown to Langley Air Force Base, Va., for Exercise Rapid Rescue on May 17. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Members of the 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., guide an HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter onto a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III May 15, 2017, at Moody AFB. Airmen applied constant pressure on the towlines to direct the helicopter and also ensure the winch maintained tension. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Members of the 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., guide an HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter onto a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III May 15, 2017, at Moody AFB. Airmen applied constant pressure on the towlines to direct the helicopter and also ensure the winch maintained tension. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

A member of the 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., guides an HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter May 15, 2017, at Moody AFB. The helicopter was loaded onto a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III to be flown to Langley AFB, Va., to be used during Exercise RAPID RESCUE May 17. (U.S. photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

A member of the 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., guides an HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter May 15, 2017, at Moody AFB. The helicopter was loaded onto a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III to be flown to Langley AFB, Va., to be used during Exercise RAPID RESCUE May 17. (U.S. photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Members of the 38th Rescue Squadron and 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit, both from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., prepare for takeoff May 15, 2017, aboard a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 at Moody AFB, Ga. Two HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopters and 40 members assigned to Moody AFB flew to Langley AFB, Va., to participate in Exercise RAPID RESCUE May 17. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Members of the 38th Rescue Squadron and 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit, both from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., prepare for takeoff May 15, 2017, aboard a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 at Moody AFB, Ga. Two HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopters and 40 members assigned to Moody AFB flew to Langley AFB, Va., to participate in Exercise RAPID RESCUE May 17. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Airman 1st Class Isaac Schuler, 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit electronic warfare technician assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., guides an HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter May 16, 2017, as it is offloaded from a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The Airmen worked in unison to ensure the helicopter was safely off-loaded. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Airman 1st Class Isaac Schuler, 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit electronic warfare technician assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., guides an HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter May 16, 2017, as it is offloaded from a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The Airmen worked in unison to ensure the helicopter was safely off-loaded. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

One of Team Dover’s C-17 Globemaster IIIs sets on the flightline as an HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter is offloaded May 16, 2017, at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The C-17 transported 2 helicopters and 40 Airmen from Moody AFB, Ga., to Langley AFB where they participated in Exercise RAPID RESCUE. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

One of Team Dover’s C-17 Globemaster IIIs sets on the flightline as an HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter is offloaded May 16, 2017, at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The C-17 transported 2 helicopters and 40 Airmen from Moody AFB, Ga., to Langley AFB where they participated in Exercise RAPID RESCUE. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

From left, Staff Sgt. Robert Hall, Staff Sgt. Travis Lester, and Senior Airman Eddie Judge, 38th Rescue Squadron pararescuemen assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., carry an Airman with simulated injuries toward a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III May 17, 2017, during Exercise RAPID RESCUE at Langley AFB, Va. The C-17 was prepped and ready to takeoff for a simulated aeromedical evacuation flight when the search and rescue team arrived. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)
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From left, Staff Sgt. Robert Hall, Staff Sgt. Travis Lester, and Senior Airman Eddie Judge, 38th Rescue Squadron pararescuemen assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., carry an Airman with simulated injuries toward a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III May 17, 2017, during Exercise RAPID RESCUE at Langley AFB, Va. The C-17 was prepped and ready to takeoff for a simulated aeromedical evacuation flight when the search and rescue team arrived. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Members of the 38th Rescue Squadron assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., carry an Airman with simulated injuries May 17, 2017, aboard a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III during Exercise RAPID RESCUE. A few minutes later, the aircraft departed from Langley AFB, Va., simulating an aeromedical evacuation for three injured Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)
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Members of the 38th Rescue Squadron assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., carry an Airman with simulated injuries May 17, 2017, aboard a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III during Exercise RAPID RESCUE. A few minutes later, the aircraft departed from Langley AFB, Va., simulating an aeromedical evacuation for three injured Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Senior Airman Jay Vinehout, 38th Rescue Squadron pararescueman assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., hangs an IV bag for a simulated patient May 17, 2017, during Exercise RAPID RESCUE aboard a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III. The plane flew around the coast of Va. for an hour while the 38th RS members practiced advanced medical techniques intended to stabilize patients with severe injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)
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Senior Airman Jay Vinehout, 38th Rescue Squadron pararescueman assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., hangs an IV bag for a simulated patient May 17, 2017, during Exercise RAPID RESCUE aboard a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III. The plane flew around the coast of Va. for an hour while the 38th RS members practiced advanced medical techniques intended to stabilize patients with severe injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Senior Airman Jay Vinehout, 38th Rescue Squadron pararescueman assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., assesses the vitals of an Airman with simulated injuries May 17th during Exercise RAPID RESCUE aboard a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III. Aeromedical evacuations are flown when life threatening injuries are too great and more intense medical care is needed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)
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Senior Airman Jay Vinehout, 38th Rescue Squadron pararescueman assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., assesses the vitals of an Airman with simulated injuries May 17th during Exercise RAPID RESCUE aboard a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III. Aeromedical evacuations are flown when life threatening injuries are too great and more intense medical care is needed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

A pararescueman from the 38th Rescue Squadron assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., secures a splint to a simulated arm injury May 17, 2017, during Exercise RAPID RESCUE aboard a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III. During a simulated aeromedical evacuation, multiple injuries were discovered and addressed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)
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A pararescueman from the 38th Rescue Squadron assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., secures a splint to a simulated arm injury May 17, 2017, during Exercise RAPID RESCUE aboard a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III. During a simulated aeromedical evacuation, multiple injuries were discovered and addressed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

A team of pararescuemen assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., tend to the simulated injuries of three Airmen May 17, 2017, during Exercise RAPID RESCUE aboard a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 flying over the coast of Va. When deployed, pararescuemen routinely support aeromedical evacuations aboard cargo aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)
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A team of pararescuemen assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., tend to the simulated injuries of three Airmen May 17, 2017, during Exercise RAPID RESCUE aboard a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 flying over the coast of Va. When deployed, pararescuemen routinely support aeromedical evacuations aboard cargo aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

Staff Sgt. Travis Lester, 38th Rescue Squadron pararescueman assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., fits a splint to a simulated injured leg May 17, 2017, during Exercise RAPID RESCUE aboard a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III. The pararescuemen utilized several medical techniques to immobilize, sanitize and control simulated injuries during the aeromedical evacuation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)
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Staff Sgt. Travis Lester, 38th Rescue Squadron pararescueman assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., fits a splint to a simulated injured leg May 17, 2017, during Exercise RAPID RESCUE aboard a 3d Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III. The pararescuemen utilized several medical techniques to immobilize, sanitize and control simulated injuries during the aeromedical evacuation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron J. Jenne)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- The 3d Airlift Squadron supported Exercise RAPID RESCUE May 15 – 18, 2017, providing transportation and simulated aeromedical evacuation along the East Coast.

The exercise showcased search and rescue techniques, as well as aeromedical evacuation capabilities of the 38th Rescue Squadron from Moody AFB, Georgia.

“This was a great opportunity for our crew to not only see the execution of combat search and rescue operations first hand but directly coordinate with our Combat Air Force partners at the 1st Fighter Wing,” said Capt. Jeff Hogan, 3d AS pilot. “It was key for us to identify how our roles and responsibilities complement each other and where we can better integrate to effectively accomplish operations in a high risk environment across multiple major weapons systems.”

The C-17A Globemaster III and its crew landed at Moody AFB Monday afternoon, where the 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit members loaded two HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopters aboard the cargo plane. The next day, the plane, cargo and 40 members of the 38th RQS and 41st HMU departed for Langley AFB, Virginia.

The next morning, the two combat search and rescue teams flew out over the Atlantic Ocean aboard their helicopters to rescue members of a simulated incident. Shortly thereafter, three personnel, who suffered simulated injuries, were retrieved and transported to the C-17 awaiting rapid aeromedical evacuation. The 38th RQS pararescuemen practiced various in-flight medical procedures to stabilize the simulated patients, while coordinating with the C-17 aircrew during the hour-long flight.

“I’ve never actually done a casualty evacuation on a C-17, and I’m almost positive nobody else on my team has either,” said Tech. Sgt. Eric Braddock, 38th RQS pararescue team leader. “It was extremely eye-opening for us. It was a very good experience for us to see the amount of space we have available and how the stanchions are laid out. The crew really helped us out too. By the time we got there, they had everything ready for us, and we were airborne in no time. I hope we get even more training opportunities like this.”

Later that day, the Globemaster aircrew flew under the protection of a four-ship F-22 Raptor formation. Once over the Atlantic, the escort called for the cargo plane to make a tactical decent to 500 feet, nearly skimming the water, when simulated aggressors entered the air space. For the next 30 minutes, the smaller, more nimble Raptors engaged in a dogfight with the aggressive T-38 Talons as the bulky C-17 safely flew along the ocean surface. Several times the Globemaster crew responded to maneuvering commands from the escorts, banking 60-degree turns toward new headings dodging air and sea threats while maintaining low level flight.

“It was impressive to see how quickly they implemented their tactics, techniques and procedures in response to our maneuvers,” Hogan said. I’m confident that everyone on the crew is more prepared to respond effectively to a real-world situation. In a C-17, we don’t get a lot of opportunities to work across Mobility Air Forces and Combat Air Forces lines, so it’s a great opportunity to further refine our TTPs and reinforce key relationships with our combat partners at the 1st Fighter Wing.”

The next day, the Pave Hawks were loaded back on the C-17, and the crews and cargo returned to Moody AFB. Once offloaded, the engines fired and the plane returned to Dover AFB.

The mission was focused on the search and rescue and aeromedical evacuation training, but nearly every stage that led up to that exercise offered valuable training for somebody, Hogan said.

The Globemaster crew capitalized on training by practicing low-level maneuvers through the Appalachian Mountains after departing Dover AFB.

Maintainers of the 41st HMU also learned the safest way to load helicopters onto C-17s. Loading the 65-foot-long, 8-ton HH-60Gs required coordinated effort from about 10 people pulling, pushing and watching for any indication of possible collision.

“Loading oversized cargo is complicated,” said Tech. Sgt. Brendan Proctor, 3d AS loadmaster. “If you aren’t careful, it’s very easy to damage either the cargo or the plane. It’s always good to give Airmen who may load a plane someday the opportunity to get some hands-on experience.”

At the end of the day, it was a good way to solidify academic understanding of procedures with practical application, Proctor said.

“Participating in Exercise RAPID RESCUE allowed us to integrate with Combat Search and Rescue and CAF assets in an evolving and dynamic landscape,” said Capt. Ryan Nichol, 3d AS instructor pilot. “Working across major commands gave us a unique chance to gain perspective on each other’s capabilities. It afforded us the opportunity to perfect the way we work together in a training environment so we can execute flawlessly when it counts. These types of opportunities hone our skills and we look forward to working together in future exercises.”