Combat Search and Rescue: A Legacy Continues

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An HH-60 Pave Hawk hovers 200 feet above the ground with a 600-pound load during a weight check at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on Jan. 26, 2015. The weight check was to make sure the hoist was operational after being repaired.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Antonio Jimenez, 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron special mission aviator, glances out of an HH-60 Pave Hawk during a 600-pound weight check at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on Jan. 26, 2015. The Weight check was part of the flight inspection to ensure everything is operable prior to a mission.

Members from the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron prepare to initiate a hoist weight check at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 26, 2015. The hoist was recently repaired and was checked for serviceability with a max weight of 600 pounds.

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt Michael Parker (left) and Capt. Brandon Fesko, both 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pilots, inspect the control panels during a preflight check at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on Jan. 26, 2015. A preflight is held every three days when the team is on alert, to ensure everything is in working order and ready to fly.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Antonio Jimenez, 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron special mission aviator, simulates ‘stand ready’ with the GAU-2 mini-gun at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on Jan. 26, 2015. This position is taken if and when they need to provide combat air support during any rescue mission.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Caleb Hiner, 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron special mission aviator, inspects the tail motor on an HH-60 Pave Hawk during a preflight inspection at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on Jan. 26, 2015. During the preflight checks, the aviators look for serviceability and to ensure the aircraft is ready to fly when they are called for a mission.