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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Combat rescue airmen cope with trauma after deadly helicopter crash | Air Force Times

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When seven airmen died in a fiery helicopter crash in Iraq on March 15, the commander of the men in an accompanying helicopter knew he had to get them home as soon as possible.

Lt. Col. Tim Hanks, who heads the 308th Rescue Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, pushed and pushed until he received authority to pull the airmen out of the combat zone.

They were out of Iraq and back at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida within 72 hours.

The airmen in the second HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter had tried to land for 40 minutes, as their friends were trapped in the burning wreckage below, and Hanks was worried about how that trauma would affect some of the Air Force’s most elite airmen.

Source: Combat rescue airmen cope with trauma after deadly helicopter crash | Air Force Times

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