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PJ StuffAvalanch on K2 Claims Former PJ/Renowned Mountaineer Marty Schmidt and Son Denali Schmidt

Memory eternal....

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PJ Video

PJ StuffMy laptop is having a severe Flash-fit, so I haven't actually gotten to watch the video, but I'm working on the word of others that it's excellent. Head over to This Ain't Hell to watch and follow their link to vote: http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=36785
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PJ News

PJ StuffSource: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123356118

Gallantry earns pararescueman Silver Star

by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

7/16/2013 - DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AFNS) -- An Airman assigned here earned the Silver Star medal for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan April 23, 2011.

Maj. Gen. Frank Padilla awarded Staff Sgt. Zachary Kline the Silver Star in a ceremony here July 14, citing Kline's role is rescuing two U.S. Army pilots while under fire, defending a crash site and coordinating aerial counter-attacks. Kline, a pararescueman, is assigned to the 306th Rescue Squadron at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

"The Silver Star is way up on the continuum of honor," said Padilla, the deputy inspector general of the Air Force. "That means you voluntarily risked your life to save others, voluntarily risked your life to expose yourself to great danger in the service of your country. And that is exactly what Zach Kline did that day."

Kline endured approximately six hours under enemy fire, while in the process of recovering two U.S. military members.

"It's an honor being recognized for just doing my job," Kline said. "I worked with some awesome guys and was nice being a part of it."

According to the award citation, Kline was a part of a rescue team tasked to recover two U.S. Army pilots from an OH-58D Kiowa that had gone down. While on the ground, Kline fought enemy fire while coordinating with aircraft by radio to target threats located behind his position.

During the engagement, an incoming round ignited fuel within the wreckage, which then erupted in flames. He continued to push through enemy fire to an alternate site while still guiding overhead aircraft to adversarial positions by radio.

"He leaves us with an example of an Airman that bands together with other Airmen to get the job done and to save others so that they may live," Padilla said. "When Zach leaves our Air Force he's going to leave it just a little bit better because of his accomplishments while he was here."

The Silver Star is the third highest military decoration for valor and is given for gallantry in action against enemies of the United States.

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Wednesday Hero

PJ Stuff
SSgt. Robert Gutierrez ,
SSgt. Robert Gutierrez , Jr.

Air Force

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Staff Sergeant Robert Gutierrez, Jr., United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States in Heart Province, Afghanistan, on 5 October 2009. On that date, while assigned as a combat controller to an Army Special Forces Detachment, Sergeant Gutierrez and his team conducted a high-risk nighttime raid to capture the number two Taliban leader in the region. During the initial assault, the team was attacked with a barrage of rifle and heavy machine-gun fire from a numerically superior and determined enemy force. Sergeant Gutierrez was shot in the chest, his team leader was shot in the leg, and the ten-man element was pinned down in a building with no escape route. In great pain and confronting the very real possibility that he would die, Sergeant Gutierrez seized the initiative and refused to relinquish his duties as joint terminal attack controller. Under intense fire, he engaged Taliban fighters with his M-4 rifle and brought airpower to bear, controlling three "danger close" A-10 strafing runs with exceptional precision against enemy forces just 30 feet away. After the first A-10 attack, the team medic performed a needle decompression to re-inflate Sergeant Gutierrez's collapsed lung, allowing him to direct the next two strafe runs which decimated the enemy force and allowed the team to escape the kill zone without additional casualties. Throughout the four-hour battle, Sergeant Gutierrez's valorous actions, at great risk to his own life, helped save the lives of his teammates and dealt a crushing blow to the regional Taliban network. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Sergeant Gutierrez reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

You can read more about SSgt. Gutierrez here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero. Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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Wings to Watch

PJ StuffA400M Set for July Delivery to the French Army

(linked for PJ Stuff because of some plausible future applications)

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PJ News

PJ StuffPararescue Chief MSgt Nicholas McCaskill KIA in Afghanistan Remembered in Tucson

(several good links there to memorial photos etc as well)

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PJ News

PJ StuffReserve Pararescueman Aims to Climb Everest
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PJ News

PJ StuffANG Airmen Rescue Researcher From Glacier
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Man Down

PJ StuffI've gotten word from semi-official sources that at least one PJ was killed in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan (http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/04/...latestnews)

I've learned the name but will refrain from posting it until an official release.

My prayers are with you all.
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SOF Operators Needed

PJ StuffSOF Operators Needed to Support Make-A-Wish Event