129th Rescue Wing has Saved 1,014 Lives since 1977
MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. – After saving the life of a 63-year-old civiliancontractor aboard a U.S. naval ship just seven days ago, the California Air National Guard’s129th Rescue Wing (RQW) conducted its 1,014th life-saving mission Saturday evening,completing a long-distance rescue over the Pacific Ocean. This latest mission saved the life of aseriously ill 29-year-old Filipino man on board the Noble Salute, a Japanese bulk carrier vessel.
“This, our second save in a seven-day span, is a testament to the selfless dedication andprofessionalism that our citizen-airmen bring to the table every day,” said Col. Taft Aujero,129th Rescue Wing Commander. “The 129th Rescue Wing is always mission-ready.”
Early Saturday morning the Noble Salute was approximately 490 miles west of San Franciscowhen the U.S. Coast Guard and Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) requested the129th RQW to conduct the long range open ocean rescue. With AFRCC and U.S. Coast Guardcoordination, the 129th RQW launched two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, two MC-130PCombat Shadow aircraft and an 11-man Guardian Angel pararescue team from Moffett FederalAirfield around 12 p.m. to the Noble Salute.
In spite of marginal weather conditions, the Rescue Task Force successfully deliveredpararescuemen from a Pave Hawk helicopter to the Noble Salute, stabilized the patient, andhoisted him via litter. The Guardian Angel team provided en route medical care to the patientuntil their arrival at a local Bay Area hospital.
The 129th Rescue Wing is credited with saving the lives of 1,014 people since 1977. The Wingconducts combat search and rescue missions, as well as the rescue of distressed persons on boardships, lost or injured hikers, and medical evacuations across the continental United States.
For more information about this weekend’s rescue or the 129th Rescue Wing, please contact1st Lt. Roderick Bersamina, public affairs officer, at 650-603-0760.