At just 22, Senior Airman Barry is deploying as an Air Force Pararescueman (PJ) in one of the busiest and most dangerous regions of Afghanistan. After saying goodbye to his parents and flying into Kandahar Airfield, he’s ready for the challenge. But a slew of fast-paced and tough missions test Barry’s skills and ability to cope with the brutal realities of war. Luckily, he has experience at his side, Staff Sergeants Matt and Trevor, who help their new brother rise to the trials of his first deployment.
Barry, Matt, and Trevor are part of a 13-man team whose job is to save the lives and rescue American and Allied forces in peril. Their assignment takes them from their families in the southern U.S. to the front lines of the war that rival’s the Vietnam War as the longest in U.S. history. Once there, Barry teams with Matt and Trevor, two of the unit’s more experienced PJs, with three deployments each under their belts. They start off the tour with Barry’s first ever mission: an Afghan National Army soldier critically injured with gunshot wounds to the leg and chest.
Matt leaves home at one of the biggest moments of his life, as his wife is expecting their first child. While family comes first for Matt, he knows what this job entails, and is more than willing to sacrifice himself to save another.
While the others enjoy a break after the first rescue, Matt anxiously awaits news from his wife in the States. She is about to find out the sex of the baby when Matt is called out to rescue an Afghan soldier hit by an IED blast. The helicopter lands and the team swiftly takes on the casualty. The clock is ticking as the “golden hour,” the window to save a critically wounded soldiers, is growing close. Matt is ready for his team to be airborne when members of the injured Afghan’s team try to board the chopper. Strictly forbidden to take on anyone except the injured, the PJs have to push the Afghans back, even if they are allies. With insider attacks when Afghan soldiers turn their guns on American and NATO forces, sharply increasing in the last year, the unit must be very careful to keep all unnecessary people off and away from the helicopter.
Back at base, Matt finally has a chance to talk to his wife to find out the sex of their baby. But the celebratory mood quickly fades when a third rescue call comes in — two American servicemen in an IED blast, one of which is an amputee in critical condition. The rescue team is without Trevor, who is reassigned to the a.m. shift, leaving only Barry and Matt to rescue the Americans. This is the team’s biggest test of the deployment.
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