The famous picture of five Marines and a Navy corpsman struggling to raise the flag atop Mount Suribachi on the tiny island of Iwo Jima in the middle of the Pacific Ocean perfectly captures the sense of momentum of six men straining toward a common goal.
Pararescueman Senior Airman Jason Fischman hoists an Army tactical explosive detection dog into a HH-60G Pave Hawk during a joint rescue training scenario June 21, 2013, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. This training was a first for both branches and prepared them for future rescue missions. Fischman is deployed to 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade)
Pararescuemen walk line between fierce warrior, caring savior
“We are a weapons system, we are armed,” Senior Airman and Pararescueman Jason Sweet said. “We’re shooters, divers, jumpers, technical rescue specialists. We’re ready to rescue anyone, anywhere, anytime.”