USAF Pararescumen

U.S. Air Force pararescuemen Senior Airman Corey Farr (right), and Staff Sgt. Jeremy Diola (center), and Senior Master Sgt. Michael Fleming of the 66th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pull security after exiting an HH-60G Pave Hawk during an operational training exercise in Iraq on Sept. 19, 2008.

U.S. Air Force pararescuemen Senior Airman Corey Farr (right), and Staff Sgt. Jeremy Diola (center), and Senior Master Sgt. Michael Fleming of the 66th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pull security after exiting an HH-60G Pave Hawk during an operational training exercise in Iraq on Sept. 19, 2008.

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  1. There’s a bunch of pics of these guys on AF.mil, some of them are pretty good photos. In particular I like the group shot at night in front of the helo with a backlight. Pretty classy. BUT, the first thing that I took note of from this series of pics: The PJ’s are wearing ACU’s. I don’t think I’ve seen that before.

  2. All those toys and no cammo cover for their helmets. Only in the Air Force. Did they give up on USAF cammo utilities?

  3. AFSOC “operators” (including PJs)have a lot of latitude when it comes to uniforms. Seeing them in ACUs isn’t much of a shock. In any event zoomies attached to army units often wear ACUs with Air Force rank tags.
    Also, those new ABUs are about as comfortable in the heat as a fully-starched BDU. By design. That two-person uniform board has some ‘splaining to do.

  4. Apparently, in the USAF, “pulling security” is a euphemism for “having a photo op”, since no one in their right mind pulls security while kneeling 12 inches apart all facing the same direction.

    They obviously shouldn’t be allowed to wear ACUs, since they all have the US flag on incorrectly. (Army wear is on the right shoulder, and the star field is always forward. So both guys on the right have the wrong patch on; the guy on the left is right only if USAF standard is to have the US flag on the left sleeve.) It looks like only one is an IR flag, which would be proper combat zone wear.

    And am I seeing things, or does dude on the left have his grenade launcher barrel taped shut (presumably to keep the dust out)?

    1. Obviously you can’t read, this photo is taken during an exercise so that is why they are all posing for the camera.

  5. It always scares me to see airmen with guns, somebody could get hurt. Of course I remember the barracks where the M-14 was used as tomato vine guide, and avoiding weapon qualifications was a art form. The unspoken rule being, leave the guns the to the grunts and nuts.

  6. LOL, Hawk……………I worked PSD in the Stan for a year; to the best of my increasingly fuzzy recollection……….that’s not how we did it!

  7. I used to have gloves like the guy on the left – used them for opening our wood stove while it was hot. I think he taped his grenade launcher and the end of his rifle. He looks like Bob from Accounttemps about to play paintball.

    They neither tuck nor blouse their boots? They guy in the middle is wearing sneakers. The flags and patches are pretty randomly distributed. I forgot how enjoyable it is to make fun of the Air Farce.

  8. And there we were (no shit) … as a young LT, putting on part of a CAPEX/CALFEX live fire demonstration at FT Benning with my platoon of heroes. We’ve been rehearsing for a week, since the exercise would not just a bunch of shooting in front of a crowd (to include me & my wingman sneaking up from behind the crowd and cutting loose with a pair of 120mm main gun rounds just as we rolled level with them), but also a live-fire breach exercise complete with MICLIC. It’s the morning of the actual demo, and folks are starting to arrive and climb on the various vehicles we had set up for static display, when what rolls up but no less than 10 charter buses that disgorge an entire Air Farce Command Staff College class from Maxwell AFB.

    400+ USAF majors, and no two of them were in the same uniform. We had BDUs with baseball caps, BDUs with garrison caps, flight suits with baseball caps, flight suits with garrison caps, flight suits with BDU caps, pin-on badges, sew-on badges, a mix of pin-on and sew-on badges on the same uniform … my young SP4 gunner asks “Don’t those majors know how to wear a uniform?” All I could do is shrug and respond “maybe they’re all doctors or something” (Army doctors & lawyers being the closest thing to uniformed civilians the Army has).

  9. Now I know you army guys are all fired up about looking pretty and having the right badges in the right place, but come on deep down you all know that there is the Air Force and everything else is just targets.

  10. Yeah, it’s always good to know there is an Air Force there to go deep to attack those targets that can’t defend themselves. 😉

  11. Hey idiots. These are Pararescuemen. None of you deserve the right to lick the dust and blood off their “sneakers”.

  12. Hey for you ARMY guys..go ahead and try bitching to me about the arrangement of my patches or my pants being bloused after Ive flown in to recover your combat injured team mates in Afghanistan. PS I worked hand in hand with ARMY ODA teams and recall them flying in brown converse all-stars. Have much respect for them and other operators and other operators have respect for us. So if your one of the many on this website that have vaginal discharge pouring from your mouth about a picture, its obvious you do nothing and you need to practice shaving your head tighter and stop criticizing your brothers in arms.

  13. Hey ARMY regs, you obviously have never seen tactical boots before. They’re one of MANY options we have in unconventional warfare types. PJs use them, I know some E.O.D that use them, and we use them in The Teams. We take in what we personally prefer because WE- NOT YOU- KNOW what works and GET THE JOB DONE, and our guys home.

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