With only weeks left in their deployment, the PJs look toward home. Matt longs to see his wife who is due to give birth to their daughter soon after his deployment is over. The unit’s longest serving PJ, Duane, as always, promised his wife that he would come back to his family.
But when the Taliban detonates a motorcycle bomb near Kandahar city, the PJs are reminded that they are a long way from home. Ten civilians need immediate rescue, and to make room for the casualties, Jeff sits the mission out, leaving Duane in charge. As the helicopters liftoff, Seth is concerned it’s an enemy ploy. “It’s a bigger win to shoot down the aircraft than it is to blow up their own people.” Just then, the power at the base goes dark during an ill-timed generator swap. Seth is cut off from his team.
When the lights come back on, the TOC’s radios are still down. Seth quickly orders Jeff outside with a field radio to try and reestablish communication with the teams in the air. Finally, Jeff and the pilots connect through the static: Duane is loading the helicopters to maximum capacity. In the cramped quarters, the PJs concentrate on keeping the wounded stable. The teams rush to the Role 3 hospital, and hand over the civilian patients to the trauma surgeons.
After shift change, Matt and the p.m. team are called to save a young boy with a gunshot wound to his head. The PJs scramble to launch, but a mission update brings disturbing news: their patient is unresponsive and intubated, meaning he might not be able to breathe on his own. The PJs fly to the FOB Frontenac, the same base from which Duane’s team rescued American soldiers earlier in the summer. While Matt’s team loads their small patient onboard, Seth and the TOC officers fight to get the boy admitted to the Role 3 hospital, which offers the best care and technology, but usually only admits NATO personnel. Ten minutes before the golden hour runs out, Seth gets the approval he needs. Yet, despite being rushed to surgery and having a strong pulse, the boy’s prognosis is still uncertain.
Shortly after shift change, the alarm sounds for a shocking mission: a U.S. serviceman was horrifically damaged by an IED. He’s lost three limbs. With such severe wounds, massive blood loss is the greatest concern. The PJs take to the air, receiving a MIST update that their patient’s condition is deteriorating; the soldier is now unconscious. The PJs rush to the point of injury, fearing the worst.
Days later and far away from the action, a C-17 airplane touches down at Moody Air Force Base in front of a crowd of wives, girlfriends, parents, and children. Soon-to-be father Matt sees his wife and kisses her belly. Duane hugs both of his sons. After four months at war, the 38th Rescue Squadron has returned home.
Don’t miss the final episode of Inside Combat Rescue, Coming Home, tonight at 10P.