by 129th Public Affairs
6/8/2015 - MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- California
Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing returned home from a
four-month deployment to the Horn of Africa early Saturday morning.
Approximately 30 Para-rescue Airmen and Combat Rescue Officers from the
131st Rescue Squadron served as the primary personnel recovery force for
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa throughout their deployment.
While deployed, the Wing's guardsmen have been supporting CJTF-HOA's
multinational counterinsurgency and stabilization operations throughout
In April, the PJs were involved in the rescue of two Saudi Arabian
airmen after their Air Force F-15 Eagle aircraft crashed in the Gulf of
"The return of our air guardsmen is punctuated by the rescue of two
Saudi fighter pilots during their deployment," said Col. Gregory F.
Jones, 129th Rescue Wing commander. "We are proud to welcome home our
warriors after a job well done."
To date, 129th RW is credited with saving the lives of more than 1,000
people. From arid deserts and snow-covered mountain tops to urban and
rural settings, 129th RW guardsmen can reach any destination by land,
air or sea. Equipped with Air Force MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, Air
Force HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and Guardian Angel teams, the
129th RW conducts combat search and rescue, and the rescue of distressed
persons aboard ships, lost or injured hikers, and medical evacuations.