#FearlessFriday. Guardian Angels willingly place themselves in harm’s way … so others may live. https://t.co/EqQ7WcGkEd
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- It's dark. The air is heavy, filled with smoke and dust. On the flight line at Bagram Airfield, an Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter waits, beating thunder with its blades. An 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron Guardian Angel team, which consists of pararescuemen and combat rescue officers, runs out and boards the helicopter. As the Guardian Angels settle into their seats, the helicopter takes off against the night sky over the mountainous terrain. During the ensuing flight, two Operation Freedom's Sentinel teams will conduct a personnel recovery exercise, testing their capability to work together as they extricate simulated casualties from a downed aircraft. The Army and the Air Force are working together to execute personnel recovery. 'A NO-FAIL STRATEGIC MISSION' "Personnel recovery is a no-fail strategic mission," said Air Force Maj. Robert...