“War is hell, but that’s not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead.” –…

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…

Richard T. Kight, a Brigadier General who lived from 1913 – 2001 penned the code of an air rescueman. He wrote, “It is my duty as an Air Rescueman to save lives and to aid the injured. I will be prepared at all times to perform my assigned duties quickly and efficiently, placing these duties…

Fresh out of the PJ schoolhouse, first-time deployers Chris and Lucas move from the beach to the battlefield when they are thrust into the war in Afghanistan with no experience in real combat. Friends since medical school, the two PJs will be the primary medics on the a.m. shift, responsible for saving the lives of…

Justin and Thomas both know how important it is to keep their emotions in check when someone’s life is in their hands. It is a battle they all fight on every mission. In this episode, three missions will test their mettle like never before. Taliban attacks against soldiers and civilians rise during the summer, the…

First Lieutenant Jeff is fresh out of the rigorous training program to become a Combat Rescue Officer and eager to take on the worst missions Afghanistan can throw at him. But he finds himself wanting during a lull in missions for his shift. The slow period brings a unique feeling to the team; the PJs…

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…

Moody Air Force Base hosted the world-premiere screening of Inside Combat Rescue earlier this month. We took our cameras along to capture the crowd’s reactions to watching the airmen of Moody’s very own 23d Wing featured in the first-of-its-kind series. What did you think of the premiere of Inside Combat Rescue? If you missed it this…

War is full of hard truths, and one, according to veteran Brett, is that it changes you. Now on his sixth deployment, the mental and emotional toll from experiencing the carnage of war first hand is a consequence he reluctantly accepts. But his best friend Eric, a new father, refuses to let that happen, hoping…

When a soldier is down and time is running out, an elite unit of Air Force rescue warriors will risk their own lives to rescue those injured and clinging to life. In Afghanistan and around the world, Pararescuemen or PJs; their leaders, Combat Rescue Officers; and their Pave Hawk helicopter teammates fly into the heat…

The war that rivals Vietnam as the United States’ longest still rages in Afghanistan. Near Kandahar, insurgent fighters ambush American and Allied soldiers, while the Taliban’s I.E.D.s – Improvised Explosive Devices – don’t distinguish between military and civilian, friend and foe. In the heart of the fighting are the Pararescuemen (PJs) of the 38th Rescue…