Training to be Heroes

GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - Senior Airman Eric Humphrey, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescueman, throws a colored smoke grenade to mark his team's position during a training scenario in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. Using a colored smoke signal is one way pararescuemen designate their position to an air evacuation team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock) CJTF-HOA Photo GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - Senior Airman Eric Humphrey, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescueman, throws a colored smoke grenade to mark his team's position during a training scenario in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. Using a colored smoke signal is one way pararescuemen designate their position to an air evacuation team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock)
GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - 1st Lieutenant Eric Hansen, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron combat rescue officer, provides security during a training scenario in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. The 360-degree security allows pararescuemen to concentrate their efforts on providing treatment to casualties and coordinating air evacuation support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock) CJTF-HOA Photo GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - 1st Lieutenant Eric Hansen, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron combat rescue officer, provides security during a training scenario in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. The 360-degree security allows pararescuemen to concentrate their efforts on providing treatment to casualties and coordinating air evacuation support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock)
GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - Senior Airman Eric Humphrey, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescueman, splints a simulated broken leg during a training scenario in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. After locating casualties, the pararescuemen triaged each patient, treated their wounds and provided security while coordinating air evacuation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock) CJTF-HOA Photo GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - Senior Airman Eric Humphrey, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescueman, splints a simulated broken leg during a training scenario in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. After locating casualties, the pararescuemen triaged each patient, treated their wounds and provided security while coordinating air evacuation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock)
GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - Senior Airman Eric Humphrey (left) and Staff Sergeant Andrew Rios, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescuemen, arrive on scene to attend to simulated casualties at a mock crash site during a training mission in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. After parachuting into the drop zone, Rios' team had to locate casualties, provide care and evacuate them to safety as a part of the scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock) CJTF-HOA Photo GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - Senior Airman Eric Humphrey (left) and Staff Sergeant Andrew Rios, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pararescuemen, arrive on scene to attend to simulated casualties at a mock crash site during a training mission in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. After parachuting into the drop zone, Rios' team had to locate casualties, provide care and evacuate them to safety as a part of the scenario. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock)
GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - 1st Lieutenant Eric Hansen, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron combat rescue officer, detaches his parachute assembly after successfully jumping out of a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J for a training mission in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. The purpose of the mission was for the pararescue team to safely parachute into the simulated crash site, locate and treat casualties, and coordinate evacuation for the casualties while maintaining security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock) CJTF-HOA Photo GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - 1st Lieutenant Eric Hansen, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron combat rescue officer, detaches his parachute assembly after successfully jumping out of a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J for a training mission in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. The purpose of the mission was for the pararescue team to safely parachute into the simulated crash site, locate and treat casualties, and coordinate evacuation for the casualties while maintaining security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock)
GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - 1st Lieutenant Eric Hansen, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron combat rescue officer, successfully lands after jumping out of a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J for a training mission in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. The purpose of the mission was for the pararescue team to safely parachute into a simulated crash site, locate and treat casualties, and coordinate evacuation while maintaining security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock) CJTF-HOA Photo GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - 1st Lieutenant Eric Hansen, 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron combat rescue officer, successfully lands after jumping out of a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J for a training mission in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. The purpose of the mission was for the pararescue team to safely parachute into a simulated crash site, locate and treat casualties, and coordinate evacuation while maintaining security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock)
GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - Senior Airman Eric Humphrey, a pararescueman from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, parachutes during a training mission in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. The purpose of the mission was for the pararescue team to safely parachute into a simulated crash site, locate and treat casualties, and coordinate evacuation while maintaining security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock) CJTF-HOA Photo GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - Senior Airman Eric Humphrey, a pararescueman from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, parachutes during a training mission in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. The purpose of the mission was for the pararescue team to safely parachute into a simulated crash site, locate and treat casualties, and coordinate evacuation while maintaining security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock)
GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - Pararescuemen with the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron jump from a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J during a training mission in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock) CJTF-HOA Photo GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti (Oct. 21, 2011) - Pararescuemen with the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron jump from a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J during a training mission in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, October 21. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock)

Photo story by U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock

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