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NOLALGD
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The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
Read this a few months ago and thought it was really cool. Definitely helps me appreciate the many awesome men and women who serve our country in the military.

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A light by the ramp door turns red, and the airmen ready for departure. They are members of U.S. Air Force Pararescue—parajumpers, PJs for short—elite Special Operations soldiers whose name few know. Their mission entails rescuing personnel caught in ambushes, injured in IED explosion, trapped behind enemy lines. Trained to jump from planes and perform surgery aboard helicopters, they are the airmen who arrive when the Navy SEALS call 9-1-1.


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Cowboys or not, the PJs are one of the most decorated enlisted forces. They are also one of the most highly trained. The PJ “pipeline,” an almost two-year long training program that begins in Texas and then winds across the country—Florida, Washington, Georgia California, Arizona, New Mexico—is one of longest special operations training courses in the world. It turns every recruit into a paramedic, a paratrooper, and a combat diver, as well as an elite shooter. Only twenty percent of recruits make it through the pipeline. Pararescue boasts one of the highest attrition rates in the U.S. military.


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Damone
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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
This is a good read on a PJ who was awarded the Air Force Cross for action during the battle of Takur Ghar

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As the quick reaction force helicopter made its approach over the landing zone, they were struck by rocket propelled grenades at close range –they returned fire with mini guns, but the helicopter impacted the ground hard, lurching into the snow.

“Once we landed, 7.62mm rounds ripped through the fuselage--the daylight popping through, smoke aglow; then the rotors decelerated to a grinding halt,” Brown said. “Immediately, we had several casualties; I remember seeing two Rangers face down. Keary and I were deep in the aircraft—and we made eye contact and shared kind of a ‘here we go’ moment.”

The team disembarked from the aircraft to combat the blistering fire of a waiting enemy. At great risk to his own life, Miller moved through the snowy terrain, crossing into the line of fire on several occasions in order to assess and care for critically wounded servicemen.


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When Cunningham was killed during another attack, the casualty collection point he was at was compromised. Miller assumed Cunningham’s role -- providing medical aid under fire to the wounded – and braved enemy fire to move the wounded to better cover and concealment.

“I wholeheartedly believe the Air Force Cross accurately represents Keary’s actions that day,” said Brown. “I know those lives were saved that day were because of his efforts within that environment…the steps he took to ensure they made it off the battlefield.”

Miller is credited with saving the lives of 10 U.S. service members that day, and the recovery of seven who were killed in action.


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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
My brother is a pretty bad mofo and got out of the pipeline after making it through the water course, and he said whoever makes it through isn't human anymore; they become a machine of flesh and bone with no emotions or sense of fear/pain. He said it's the most grueling experience he could have ever imagined and it borders on torture. Great read!


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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
Reads more like a CMH citation - probably deserves it.


DOPEman
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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
Not about PJ's but this is a great read about the much under appreciated Ragnar medics pushing fresh whole blood under fire. Crazy how far battlefield medicine has come in the last 20 years. LINK


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GeauxGutsy
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Have a friend that was a Seal (retired) -His son is currently a NS. He doesn’t discuss any aspect of his prior service, and I learned not to ask questions. He definitely marches to the beat of a different drum.


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MileHigh_Tiger
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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
I think John Chapman (Post, MOH) was in this same engagement. His is the first MOH Citation actually caught on camera, as the location was being circled by surveillance on the ridge. Really intense video, but shows how truly badass these men really are.

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The First Medal of Honor Ever Recorded
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March 4, 2002: John Chapman, an Air Force Combat Controller, along with a SEAL Team, are attempting to rescue their lost teammate. You'll watch Chapman's stunning and heroic actions as he saves the lives of his entire SEAL team, and another 18 members of a quick-reaction force, to earn America's highest honor: The Medal of Honor.
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skidry
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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
Posted this in another thread. When I was stationed at Hurlburt in the 90s, people said the PJs would go to charity hospital to train on gun shot wounds.


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PJ stories would be an awesome netflix series


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ShakeandBake
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Badasses.


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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
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Posted this in another thread. When I was stationed at Hurlburt in the 90s, people said the PJs would go to charity hospital to train on gun shot wounds.


Trainees in the special operations medic course do an urban trauma center rotation. At one time it was in Tampa but I guess it varies.


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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
PJs and Combat Controllers are very well trained. Even back in the late 80s.

There is zero tolerance for BS in the pipeline as well. We lost a guy (he was on the PJ track) about 4 months before pinning because he had one beer underage. Stupid as frick reason, but that was clear throughout that zero tolerance for BS was zero.

Once you are in the tolerance gets much, much higher.


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Lsupimp
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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
I sure don’t have that good brave stuff flowing through my veins. Props and mad RESPEK to them.


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Lou Pai
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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
Could be wrong but I think TD's very own straightcashhomey is in Pararescue.


DOPEman
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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
I thought he was a TACP/JTAC?


Lou Pai
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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
Ah apologies if I misremembered that


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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
Had some PJs in country with us during my first deployment. Dudes could run for days. We didn’t interact with them much. Seemed like pretty humble dudes.

ETA: If anyone truly wants to know who the baddest mother frickers in the world are, that would be the Nepalese Gurkhas. They’re all about 5’2 and are fricking savages. My old unit deployed with them after I got out. They told me some stories that are just straight savage. They’re sf units basically do the British SAS selection course (widely considered the hardest pipeline on earth) but it they basically do it barefoot, in Nepal, and barefoot. You won’t find many press releases on them because they’re attached to the British Army largely and any savage doings they do are always engulfed under “British Forces”. I’ve worked with many different units and the Gurkhas brutality is something I remember stories about. Never worked with them personally.
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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
Will read up on this ...

Thanks for the post


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Easye921
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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
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I think John Chapman (Post, MOH) was in this same engagement. His is the first MOH Citation actually caught on camera, as the location was being circled by surveillance on the ridge. Really intense video, but shows how truly badass these men really are.


I just finished reading Alone at Dawn. It's about Chapman and the Air Force CCT controllers. These dudes are the elite of the elite. John Chapman is a true hero. It had to have been truly terrifying when he came to and realized he had been left behind. Even worse when his own country started dropping bombs on him.


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DirtyMikeandtheBoys
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re: The Savior Elite: Inside the Special Operations Force Tasked with Rescuing Navy SEALS
Pretty sure I've seen a Netflix doc embedded with these dudes. Bad bad bad mofos. Performing big time surgeries on helicopters under fire.


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