In Louisville, the 2023 PJ Rodeo has gathered Special Warfare operators from the U.S. Air Force, all vying to be recognized as the top pararescuemen. Hosted by the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, this biennial contest showcases the expertise of 30 pararescuemen in areas like precision parachuting, marksmanship, and tactical medicine. These elite forces, known for their exceptional training, are often involved in high-stakes rescue operations in the U.S. and overseas.
- The 2023 PJ Rodeo in Louisville, an event hosted by the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, brings together 30 pararescuemen from across the world to compete in specialized skills.
- Some of the featured events include precision parachute jumps from 5,500 feet and a high-angle ropes challenge, where participants must traverse a suspended rope to reach and safely evacuate a simulated patient.
- Pararescuemen, or PJs, are among the most skilled individuals in the U.S. military, trained to parachute into challenging environments to provide critical medical care and evacuate injured individuals.
- The 123rd Special Tactics Squadron has a rich history of engagement in various military and rescue operations, including assisting during major hurricanes and aiding in the evacuation of thousands of citizens.
- The 2023 PJ Rodeo is organized by the Pararescue Association, a non-profit veterans group of Special Warfare Airmen, and coincides with the group’s reunion activities.