10 Mar '18, 12pm

Reserve Rescue Aircrews to Air Force: Don't Forget About Us

Reserve Rescue Aircrews to Air Force: Don't Forget About Us

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE , Florida -- There may be darker days ahead for the Air Force 's most active Reserve unit as a looming pilot shortage and shortfalls in related career fields create challenges throughout the force. Reservists here who train for combat search and rescue missions anywhere in the world say they're preparing to feel the brunt of the shortfall, and have a message for the Air Force: don't forget about us. "Especially in the rated career fields -- pilots, navigators, loadmasters, flight engineers -- we're starting to see the same challenges as the active-duty," Col. Mike LoForti, commander of the 920th Operations Group, said. Military.com on Feb. 20 toured hangars and facilities used for the combat-search-and-rescue mission and spoke with officials here about the 920th's evolving operations. Related content: As Tempo Rises, Most Active Reserve Rescue Unit W...

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