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Detachment 1; 210th Rescue Squadron
Alaska Air National Guard
“These Things We Do: That Others May Live.” Det. 1, 210th Rescue Squadron provides rescue alert coverage for 11th Air Force and RF-A flying operations north of the air range, and logistical support to remote military ranges. Additionally, Detachment 1 provides civil search and rescue through the 11th AF Rescue Coordination Center and air support to other agencies throughout the Arctic.
Since 1992, the 210th has saved more than 1,158 lives and assisted 421 people to safety in Alaska. The unit has been mobilized many times to support combat operations and civilian relief efforts all over the world. Since 2001, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the unit has logged hundreds of U.S. and coalition military and Afghan civilian “saves.” Other mobilizations include: Operation Northern Watch, Operation Southern Watch, Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike, and the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.
The 210th flies the HH-60G Pave Hawk, a highly modified Army H-60L Black Hawk, featuring an upgraded communication and navigation suite, including an overthe- horizon tactical data receiver for near real-time mission update information. NVG-compatible cockpit lighting, Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR), color weather radar and engine/rotor blade anti-icing greatly enhance the Pave Hawk’s capabilities at night and during adverse weather rescue operations. An in-flight refueling probe, along with an HC or MC-130 tanker, allows for long-range nonstop flight. Additional mission equipment includes two-crew-served GAU-2C (762 mm) “mini-guns” or GAU- 18 (.50-caliber) machine guns, radar warning receiver, missile warning sensor, infrared jammer, chaff/flare dispensers and an 8,000-pound-capacity cargo hook. The Pave Hawk’s rotor blades and tail boom can be folded, allowing it to be loaded on a C-5 or C-17 within a couple of hours and deployed worldwide.