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Post Vietnam Pararescue
This page provides information and links to activities PJs have been involved in since the Vietnam War.
History of the RAMZ - The history of the Rigging Alternate Method Zodiac written by retired PJ Chuck Hassler. The RAMZ is an airdroppable Zodiak boat used by Pararescue teams worldwide.
No Wimps Allowed - Airman Magazine Article about the 10-week Pararescue and Combat Control Indoctrination course at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
2002 Definition of a PJ - Written by retired PJ John Cassidy
Documents from the 1730th Pararescue Squadron - From 1987 thru 1991, Pararescuemen were for the first time in their history formed into their own squadron, independent of the air rescue flying squadrons. While the squadron was very successful, the concept of a pararescue squadron was not real popular with HQ ARS or the flying squadrons that lost their PJs. In 1991, HQ ARS ordered the 1730th deactivated and the PJs returned to the flying squadrons. The alleged reason was budget cuts.
Unofficial 1730th PRS Patch
PJ Medical History 1943 thru 1994 by retired PJ MSGgt John Cassidy
PJ Tactical History 1942 thru 1989
by retired PJ SMSgt T.J. Bruce
MACR 55-54 MAC Helicopter Operations - Excerpts from the manual on how ARRS flew their helicopters in 1984. Document provided by Larry Wielgosz.
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Gemini 8 Mission
How PJs Got Into Post Vietnam Combat Training and Space Shuttle SAR
Minutes of the 1974 PJ Management Conference - Pararescue adjusts to life immediately after the Vietnam War
1971 AFSC Description of a Pararescueman
2002 USAF Outstanding PJ's of the Year
PJs Win Armed Forces Eco-Challenge, AGAIN ! ! !
SAR MISSIONS EXECUTED BY PJs
Pararescueman Tracy Barnett wins 2002 Vanguard Award for heroism
Somalia - PJS in the Battle of Mogadishu - Read about the battle in which Pararescuemen Tim Wilkinson is awarded the first Air Force Cross since the Vietnam War and PJ Scott Fales earns the first Silver Star since the Vietnam War.
Pararescue - The Unsung Heroes by SMSgt Leo Semmier - requires Acrobat Reader
Once Upon A Rescue - by Roy Taylor (PJ retired) - requires Acrobat Reader. A story written in 1981 about how PJ's conduct missions safely
Retired PJ Mark Crawford - Mark teaches at the Wilderness Medicine Institute.
PJ Al Stanek - Is now a police officer in Las Vegas. This
article about his pararescue career ran in the Las Vegas Review in December
Moody Rescue Units Train for Combat - News Article from the Tallahassee Democrat. These are JPG images and you will need you use your browser's back button to return here.
Oki PJs Deploy to Philippines December 2004 - 33 RQS and 720th STS deploy to assist victims of typhoon disaster in the Republic of the Philippines (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Photos 302nd ARRS circa 1967-1972
The below external links will take you to sites that are not part of this website.
Because of the war on terrorism, many USAF and other military sites that used to be linked on the internet have been intentionally removed because of intelligence and information security concerns. When they put them back online, I will be proud to relist them.
USAF PJ School - Kirtland AFB
38 RQS Moody AFB
56 RQS - Keflavic NAS
102 RQS - New York
106 RQW - New York
- Kullis ANG Alaska - unofficial webpage
210 RQS - News Releases
210th Gets Another Jump Mission
RQS - Oregon
304th RQS HH-60 Crashes on Mt. Hood - Story and Video
RQS - Moody AFB Nice
slide show on home page
347th Rescue Wing Crews "Pretty Amazing" Jan 2003 CNN Article