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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) and Pararescue Personnel

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Pararescue Airman in the Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC)

Pararescue Airman in the Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC)

Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) includes pararescue personnel (PJs) who are trained paramedics. These airmen find, save, and rescue wounded or injured military or civilian personnel. During special operations or combat missions, these warriors also defend themselves and their patients.

Air Combat Command is responsible for pararescue as a military career. However, some paramedics join units in the Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC). The training requirements for both groups of airmen are identical.

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Air Force Pararescuemen or PJs have conducted over 12,000 rescue missions. In addition to saving lives, PJs have also captured enemy combatants. These elite warriors have also and rescued civilians during emergency responses to natural disasters.

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