Thirty-three Air Force Reserve airmen were honored last week for their role in the rescue of two German sailors stranded at sea last summer.
Master Sgt. William Posch, an Air Force Reserve pararescueman killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq in March, was one of the airmen to be awarded the 2017 Jolly Green Association Rescue Mission of the Year Award for their part in the July 7, 2017, rescue mission.
The Germans were stranded in the Atlantic Ocean, about 500 miles off Cape Canaveral in Florida, after their sailboat caught fire when the 920th Rescue Wing came to their aid, according to a May 3 release from the wing.
The Guardian Angel team ― consisting of combat rescue officers, pararescuemen, survival, evasion, resistance and escape (SERE) specialists, and other support personnel with unique personnel recovery skills ― carried out more than 30 hours of total flying time with HH-60 Pave Hawks and HC-130N Kings.