920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs
3/4/2013 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- Air
Force Reserve combat-search-and-rescue Airmen from the 920th Rescue
Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., supported the successful launch of
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket carrying 1,268 pounds of supplies to the
International Space Station, March 1at 10:10 from Launch Complex 40
Along with food and necessities for the astronauts aboard the ISS, the
SpaceX's Dragon Capsule is carrying science experiments, including one
that tracks how plants grow in space.
This is the second SpaceX resupply flight to the ISS under commercial contract with NASA.
A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from
Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and Cape Canaveral AFS provided vital
support to this launch, including weather forecasts, launch and range
operations, security, safety and public affairs.
Rescue Wing Airmen who pilot the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter take to
flight several hours before all scheduled launches from Cape Canaveral
AFS to secure the Eastern Range. They patrol the stretch of the Atlantic
Ocean beneath the launch trajectory ensuring no mariners veer into
harm's way of potential rocket debris hazards.
Range clearing is one of the many tasks that the Airmen of the 920th RQW
are charged with. The premier combat-search-and-rescue wing Airmen are
trained to provide search and rescue services in humanitarian and combat