Pave Hawks assume CJTF-HOA personnel recovery mission

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Jan. 25, 2013) - Members of the 22nd Airlift Squadron from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and members of the new 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron here unload one of three HH-60 helicopters from a C-5 Galaxy.  The squadron is replacing Heavy Marine Helicopter 464th Detachment A, the last of several Marine detachments that have handled the mission here in the past 10 years.  The arrival of the 303rd ERQS will better equip Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa for personnel recovery due to the HH-60's capabilities.  This is one more tool CJTF-HOA uses to be the preferred security partner of choice in an increasingly secure, stable, and developing East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Jonathan Young) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Jan. 25, 2013) - Members of the 22nd Airlift Squadron from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and members of the new 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron here unload one of three HH-60 helicopters from a C-5 Galaxy. The squadron is replacing Heavy Marine Helicopter 464th Detachment A, the last of several Marine detachments that have handled the mission here in the past 10 years. The arrival of the 303rd ERQS will better equip Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa for personnel recovery due to the HH-60's capabilities. This is one more tool CJTF-HOA uses to be the preferred security partner of choice in an increasingly secure, stable, and developing East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Jonathan Young)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti I (Jan. 25, 2013) - Members of the 22nd Airlift Squadron from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and members of the new 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron here finalize a successful mission after unloading three HH-60 helicopters from a C-5 Galaxy.  The  303rd ERQS is replacing Heavy Marine Helicopter 464th Detachment A, the last of several Marine detachments that have handled the mission here in the past 10 years.  The arrival of the 303rd ERQS will better equip Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa for personnel recovery due to the HH-60's capabilities.  This is one more tool CJTF-HOA uses to be the preferred security partner of choice in an increasingly secure, stable, and developing East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Jonathan Young) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti I (Jan. 25, 2013) - Members of the 22nd Airlift Squadron from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and members of the new 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron here finalize a successful mission after unloading three HH-60 helicopters from a C-5 Galaxy. The 303rd ERQS is replacing Heavy Marine Helicopter 464th Detachment A, the last of several Marine detachments that have handled the mission here in the past 10 years. The arrival of the 303rd ERQS will better equip Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa for personnel recovery due to the HH-60's capabilities. This is one more tool CJTF-HOA uses to be the preferred security partner of choice in an increasingly secure, stable, and developing East Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Jonathan Young)
A U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron refuels from an MC-130P Combat Shadow from the 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron during a mission over Djibouti Jan. 29, 2013. The refueling mission provided a familization flight for the new 303rd ERQS aircrews prior to gaining operational responsibility from the redeploying Marine Heavy Helicopter 464 Detachment A. The Pave Hawks bring additional capability to the personnel recovery mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Caleb Pierce) CJTF-HOA Photo A U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron refuels from an MC-130P Combat Shadow from the 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron during a mission over Djibouti Jan. 29, 2013. The refueling mission provided a familization flight for the new 303rd ERQS aircrews prior to gaining operational responsibility from the redeploying Marine Heavy Helicopter 464 Detachment A. The Pave Hawks bring additional capability to the personnel recovery mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Caleb Pierce)
U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallions from Marine Heavy Helicopter 464 Detachment A and a U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron resume formation after refueling from an MC-130P Combat Shadow from the 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron during a mission over Djibouti Jan. 29, 2013. The refueling mission provided a familization flight for the new 303rd ERQS aircrews prior to gaining operational responsibility from the redeploying HMH-464 Det. A. The Pave Hawks bring additional capability to the personnel recovery mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Caleb Pierce) CJTF-HOA Photo U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallions from Marine Heavy Helicopter 464 Detachment A and a U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron resume formation after refueling from an MC-130P Combat Shadow from the 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron during a mission over Djibouti Jan. 29, 2013. The refueling mission provided a familization flight for the new 303rd ERQS aircrews prior to gaining operational responsibility from the redeploying HMH-464 Det. A. The Pave Hawks bring additional capability to the personnel recovery mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Caleb Pierce)
U.S. Air Force Col. David Harris, 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, addresses attendees at a change of command ceremony during which U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Stuart Howell, Marine Heavy Helicopter 464 Detachment A commander, relinquished command to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel Duffy, 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron commander, on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Feb. 1, 2013. The 303rd ERQS HH-60 Pave Hawk replaced the U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion, bringing additional capability to personnel recovery mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Caleb Pierce) CJTF-HOA Photo U.S. Air Force Col. David Harris, 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, addresses attendees at a change of command ceremony during which U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Stuart Howell, Marine Heavy Helicopter 464 Detachment A commander, relinquished command to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel Duffy, 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron commander, on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Feb. 1, 2013. The 303rd ERQS HH-60 Pave Hawk replaced the U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion, bringing additional capability to personnel recovery mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Caleb Pierce)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., delivered HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters Jan. 25, 2013 to be used by the U.S. Air Force 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron to perform personnel recovery in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Prior to their arrival, U.S. Marines were a vital part of the PR mission. Marine Heavy Helicopter 464 Detachment A departed in February following a refueling flight with the Pave Hawks and a change of authority ceremony.

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