Air Force recovery and rescue missions were built on a mission in 1943 where Lt. Col. Don Flickinger, Sgt. Richard Passey, and Cpl. William MacKenzie parachuted into Burma to save 20 crewmembers and passengers of a crashed C-46. Today, the Air Force rescue community is struggling with a crisis of culture and the erosion of their foundation. Instead of focusing on readiness, leaders are worried about technology and inherently placing limitations on themselves. Air Force Special Operations Command and the rescue community must return to their foundation and the basics in order avoid failure.