RAF Lakenheath Rescue Squadrons Joint Warrior 15-1
An HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to Royal Air Force Lakenheath's 56th Rescue Squadron, flies over Scotland during exercise Joint Warrior 15-1, April 22, 2015. The training challenged aircrew, while preparing them for expeditionary operations. (CREDIT: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Erin O'Shea)|Photo by U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Erin O'Shea

RAF Lakenheath Rescue Squadrons Train at Joint Warrior 15-1

RAF Lakenheath's 56th and 57th Rescue Squadrons train for different scenarios in Scotland-based multinational exercise known as Joint Warrior 15-1.

The following is a release from Senior Airman Erin O’Shea, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs:

They train for air-to-air combat missions, are rapidly deployable, execute worldwide combat search and rescue (CSAR), and sustain operations around the world during both war and peace.

They are RAF Lakenheath’s 56th and 57th Rescue Squadrons, comprised of two weapon systems: the HH-60G Pave Hawks and the Guardian Angel pararescuemen, respectively.

Both squadrons recently completed a two-week, multinational exercise known as Joint Warrior 15-1 in Scotland.

“Here at Joint Warrior we are training for different scenarios that provide us with training for various possibilities we could encounter in the future,” said Staff Sgt. Henry Flores, a 56th RQS special missions aviator. “We started off with different threat possibilities that we could encounter.”

Special mission aviators , like Flores, are tasked with firing the Pave Hawk’s .50-caliber machine gun. They also provide CSAR capabilities for both their aircrew and downed personnel, control the aircraft’s hoist and provide protection to the aircraft using their weapons.

During the multinational training, military personnel from 14 countries practiced threat-reaction scenarios and flew long missions, both day and night.

“Training out here allows us to step away from that possibility of getting complacent of the things that we’re used to seeing every day,” Flores said. “Opening up to a different environment allows us to see different things, provide approaches, and encounter different possibilities we may need to maneuver around.”

According to Flores, the rescue squadrons find it important to attend exercises like Joint Warrior, to train in various types of situations. During the exercise, they performed tactical combat maneuvers over both land and sea to prepare for real-world operations.

“We performed terminal area engagement as well as mountain flying, which gave us the ability to perform high-density altitude training,” said Capt. Sky Jensen, a 56th RQS pilot and chief of weapons and tactics. “They have a great range here for us to be able to shoot our weapons so we can do land training.”

Practicing flying and operating in different environments is an essential part of training for special mission operations, as the squadron can respond to incidents worldwide.

“We train for personnel recovery, combat search and rescue missions, medical evacuations; basically a wide variety of what the helicopter can provide,” Flores added.

The Guardian Angel pararescuemen, also known as PJs, are responsible for recovering and medically treating personnel involved in hazardous situations. These elite, combat forces are trained to survive in harsh environments.

“We try to make every full mission profile or whatever training we’re doing as realistic as possible,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Sanders, a 57th RQS pararescueman journeyman. “We use it as a time to bring up short falls we haven’t realized yet so that hopefully they come out in training and not when we’re downrange.”

The pararescue community is small, which provides motive for the PJs to work closely together, in an integrated working environment.

“PJs by nature – we are all pretty diverse,” Sanders said. “Even though we have a lot of the same training, we have slightly different ways of thinking. By doing training like this, it gets us all on the same page. So, when we do it for real, we don’t have to think about it as much – we pretty much know what’s going to happen.”

For Airmen like Flores, who are new to the unit, getting to know the people you fly and train with can be vital.

“A lot of these training sorties are helping me get to know the rest of the crew,” Flores said. “So future missions we will be able to mesh a lot better.”

Joint Warrior provided them the opportunity to work closely with not only their units, but also military members from different countries.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to teach about combat search and rescue, personnel recovery, as well as build that partnership with our allies that play in the exercise and learn about their contribution to future combat capabilities,” Jensen said.

Having open communication and learning from one another is a concept that is greatly enforced during these multinational exercises.

“The British have been awesome,” Jensen added. “They have housed, supported us, and given us a place to work out of, so building partnership with them has been a great experience for everyone here.”

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  • nicephotog

    By technicality of creed, “all USA citizens” whom enter Britain or Britain’s Commonwealth are criminals !!! This is because they believe contrary to a law of British “federal offense” level being US citizens allow murder by shooting down thieves as a legal self decided action.
    In effect to be criminalised in Britain or its commonwealths does not require being charged and convicted only “known of” !!!!

    THIS IS THE WRONG ANGLE AT “MASSACRE CONTROL” FOLLOWING IS NOT A FIX: ….”The panel also offered some new recommendations, such as requiring serial numbers to be etched on shell casings for ammunition; requiring any person seeking a license to sell, purchase or carry a firearm to pass a suitability screening test; and to allow — at a judge’s discretion — the opportunity to temporarily remove firearms, ammunition and right-to-carry permits from a subject of a restraining order or civil protection order”….

    1. Murder Suicide ( *Public / Private)
    2. Victim Indiscriminate Public Attack
    Some standard Compound screening protection procedures…
    1.With a school such as Newtown Sandy Hook, there was no fence(smallest pupils can climb in or out with mild difficulty at worst) around the school allowing implied representation and signifying adherence to “approach” and “leave” “correct protocol”, and thus some screening fence, official entrances, and paths.

    The following link article, is “NOT THE TYPE OF FENCE TO HAVE for children”.

    To around the mid 1990’s there were “security systems of brick wall with “broken bottle pieces cemented in along the boundary wall tops” all through Britain and Britains’ commonwealth architecture from as far back as the 19th century and probably some remain to present! The following two links are a picture of an early 19th century steam mill compound and fence. Note the jagged appearance of the tops of the exterior boundary brick fence walls, that’s glass embedded in cement – concrete!
    Guns glass metal spikes take your pick!?!?!?
    Neither was there a buffer distance for parking cars from these official entrance exits and paths !
    2.Location was not good in Newtown, particularly it appears for the size of the school area, most of it bordered waste-land or farms without proper line of site clearance.
    (3. After hours lighting is another)
    Metaphorically the same method type of tactic as fire-exits!

    It appears too that security for large numbers of people present in the one location (the principles of troubles breaking out) does not have in a country with firearms the correct fast response of “unarmed handler hand to hand security”(school or movie theater) in FULL armor against “high powered rile”(quite a heavy lump) , aside whether there are trust-able personnel whom can carry concealed weapon as caution.
    Obama should stop citing Australian statistics, they are not a point!!!

    Crudely it can be expressed for 100 years as:
    Australia: 75 percent total homicides by “beating and non-firearm weapon” – max. population density (Sydney) 1/4 of USA environment (never more than 50 gun homicide ever p/year in 100 years (one exception of 80))

    USA: 75 percent total homicides by “firearm” – in past 10-15 years has decreased from 8 p/100,000 to 4 p/100,000 of population with same mapping trend as Australia because of GPS,Internet,High dpi camera,mobile phone (Australia had CAD introduced in police vehicles apart DVP scrambling , CAD is Computer Aided Dispatch to incidents or other instant information alike an internet).

    (Off side parity to contrast) Too , mass killing in Australia without a firearm has occurred since 1996 and 2000 many times!
    As far as Homicide and massacres “fire as homicide” is usually around 2 to
    4 per year but of late in the past decade it’s 20.4 !!!

    Just some of them….
    2014 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-23/man-arrested-over-rozelle-blast/5762490
    2011 http://www.news-mail.com.au/news/attempted-murder-wife-lands-man-jail-16-years/1989888/
    2011 http://www.mandurahmail.com.au/story/1309040/last-minute-guilty-plea-for-fuel-attacker/
    1994 http://netk.net.au/Penney/Penney.asp
    2012 http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/this-was-done-by-a-maniac-fire-attack-victims-family-speak-out-20120223-1tqn3.html
    1996 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tjandamurra_O'Shane
    (this one may only be concealment) 1991 “one article entry” The Pearce family
    – 1991
    We all know how it got to 20.4 p/year for the decade….

    Australians don’t have ANY “right” to defend them-self or their family, there are no actual rights and also because they would be mute, because a set of rights requires having the right and forceful ability to uphold them(such as” right to bear arms against the government”), it is a process determined “after the fact in court after mandatory charge” for any incident involving use of force by an ordinary citizen in Britain and it’s commonwealths, and thus as mentioned in other comments, Britain and its Commonwealths are a “Monarchic Fascism” and “not a democracy(you vote for economic handlers)”!

    Australia , South Africa , and Uganda have all been under the same compulsory “Commonwealth law standards” and particularly, of “POLICE” you like to say , one of Britain’s Commonwealth policeman of Uganda “shot over a million people with his own hand!!!”

    This has been around as an idea since the early 1990’s

    Next link, is all dependent on what it’s used for by police not what they did.

    This next is about “micro-chipping humans and USA law” but written in Australia (PDF document) . In the late 90’s Australian government tested two systems on convicted criminals of bar-code(and a black light type) and micro-chip implant (the exact context of “test on convicted criminals” i do not know , this was more than a decade back and a program about modern technology made in Australia)
    Secondly Bullet proof vests(that passive thing you don’t mention alike housing front doors) have always been illegal too (semi automatic military style weapons have not always been illegal … hmmmm think about it!!!).
    It must be such a pity to John Howard he hasn’t lunched with Mugabe and Amin. (During the 1977–1979 period, Uganda was a member of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.)
    Idi Amin did “half of” in less than a decade as head of Britain’s Commonwealth state what Stalin took 30 years to do on his own people!
    Never mind Queen Hoddle of Strathfield in Cairns 2014!

    Queen Elizabeth lunches with Idi Amin(Idi Amin Dada Oumee) of Uganda “July 1971”

    President Mugabe Banished JUNE 25, 2008 (Zimbabwe – Rwanda)

    Of British politics showing the way so to say, “John Howard and the heads of state of security Attorney Genral and Governor Genral banned the firearms and changed the law , NOT THE PEOPLE by any lobbying or referendum” It has more non democratic method to it than Gough Whitlams dismissal in 1975 when the Australian senate blocked supply of funds for the ALP that was voted into government. After blocking supply, the government was dissolved by the head of state of Australia the Governor Genral Sir John Kerr, causing the famous speech by Gough Whitlam on the steps of parliament house.
    …”Well May we say God save the queen , because nothing will save the Governor Genral, the proclamation you have just heard read by the Governor Genrals official secretary, was counter signed Malcolm Fraser, who will undoubtedly go down in Australian history from remembrance day 1975 as Kerr’s cur”

    There was no democracy about it, it used the public outcry and shock-wave more alike propaganda to grab the moment and use it to remove personal empowerment *rights(Human rights).

    In this following video at 6:21
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd9V4fr97M8 John Howard makes the statement Australians do not have any rights!!!

    “Truth in sentencing laws introduced in 1989 in Australia”(modified again in the late 1st decade of the 2000’s) were because of the “prisoner early release scheme” (similar logic to early release scheme was the problem police said they had of needing glock semi auto pistols on principally unarmed people shifting from the old smith and Wesson six gun revolver .38) It was driven in part by the “prisoner early release scheme” and its scandals in the early 1980’s
    It’s not that it wasn’t corruption but it was purely how “hopelessly rotten” the corrupt were “that caught them”. Monarchic fascism gave the early release scheme the “requirement to be uncovered (caught)”, too if the corrupt had been the more efficient type they would have been almost impossible to catch making until the streets are full of the story for anyone to realize.

    This and more from a country that has a 18th – 19th century” Portable gallows Kit system” “with a SWL WLL specification plaque” that says something like “maximum load limit 8 Adults or 12 children”
    (note: the last child hanged without “doli incapax” examination was around year 1710 in Britain) , i don’t remember the spec plaque exactly but that’s almost exactly it. I kid you not on one point, it could compete against Fords patent or notational right to the production line system !!! Either Eveleigh railway workshop Sydney pre dates Ford, and many other rail factories, but the “portable gallows” sits between 18th century clothing workshop production line tables and Britains’ or Eveleigh’s/other 19th century rail construction assembly workshops.

    Not sure if the portable gallows with the loading plaque is mentioned in this book:
    “The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People 1770-1868”
    ( British judiciary history site: quoted text …”There is little evidence of young children actually being hanged in the 19th century, although they were regularly sentenced to death up to 1836/7″….(not a pun))

    By fair contrast the USA hung children, but may have been a left over of law from the British “known way of doing things people were familiar with”.(my studies do not go far enough to answer that).

    By fair contrast again however, Either introduced “doli incapax” in some form, though somewhat muted at points in history and its early use(perhaps).

    How can you entertain, listen to or compare to a tyranny you fought in your war of independence to be the USA ?!

    More than this, how can you entertain the UN (United Nations) about firearms(why bother listening to that panel of fascists), only two other countries beside the USA are a democracy in the UN panel, those are France and Russia !!! There is the odd bod, Iran, an Islamic Religious state , but EVERYTHING ELSE IS EITHER FASCIST OR MONARCHY (…are roughly the same as either)!

    The UN only operates like the “RFC” specification for internet, just paper tigers, or ISO international standards body. it is not a force that rushes in for anyone the moment there is a political injustice or other such problem, neither is it independent of national influences !

    This being the biggest mistake the Australian people make about either “firearms” or “democracy” !

    Gough Whitlam’s Australian Labor Party government was dissolved in 1975 “by decree” because the senate “blocked supply” of funds by vote(more opposition senators than in government side) causing nothing being able to be done by the then voted into “Economic power” Labor Government.

    Consequence is, Senators now swear an oath to not never block supply before taking office! What Sir John Kerr the Governor Genral did was not democratic , and is the power level against the Australian government at present as any of the other Governor Genrals are. In 1996 that, the then Prime Minister of Australia John Howard did in 1998, “was not democratic of any form”, it was seize the moment and use the propaganda !

    The USA firearms problem is about democracy and it’s safety as much the implement and its use and availability itself.

    The Australian people have no idea of the illusion the Canadian system is, and how much it is regulated behind its back by the “Commonwealths of Britain constitution” in that being any of those countries can be brought down to Idi Amin’s or Mugabe’s political ways.

    More than this, some government security systems’ actions in Australia and other Commonwealth countries resemble Rohm’s third reich “bashers” , bashers are a pass time illicitly usually of people using them alike a hit man, but these rare incidence of government security having a word are like Rohm’s SA because the general threat with it is labeling entered into the government records against them.

    note: Australian Statistics, firearms down 12 percent , knives up 11 percent!

    One country has immensely restricted gun laws since 1996 the other somewhat has always unrestricted so to say…

    When power is removed from people over to the government, the needle of safe across to genocide of the people shifts from one side to the other alike a bush-fire(wild-fire) danger rating.
    Bushfire warning rating goes…
    Australia actually sits at the start of the “HIGH” level. It would not take much e.g. alike a Adolf Hitler or Idi Amin(Commonwealth head of state) to cause real problems(truthfully less)!
    It does have a “government bashing squad” specialist technique similar to Rohm’s SA of NAZI Germany for varied intricate purposes ! What’s more, the world has never stepped in to intervene in any such situations through history for anyone country until they are bothered by the same people, that’s why the Australians are fools !!!

    More than this, the “one punch” law is because around 6 homicides per year are a “one punch” incident whether a direct kill with the fists or the persons head striking the ground.

    Since 2000 there have been around 100 deaths, but they never count how much there is permanent brain damage to the level of uselessness in the statistics too because there are many other tools in use that are not a firearm. In short Australia presents a “dishonest” statistical data view to the world (misrepresentation) of homicide,manslaughter, attempted murder or brain damage.

    …”let me paint the picture in order to create the illusion…just let me paint”…. (to the said effect of annoying intricate logic)

    So we have anti gun lobbyists saying if we take away ordinary peoples fire-arms we stop massacres, but we do know when governments have total control at that level of gun control we start to find injustices that lead to conflict, massacre or Genocide!
    But somehow the “anti gun lobbyists ambiguate massacre and genocide” and in doing so are justifying its “usual” root cause, that of the government(administration and management system apparently for the peoples purpose and good) being too powerful for the people to control.

    Now if we look at the Rwanda genocide in the 1990’s of up to a million people, we can give them they did not practice any gun control , but “up to and at least three quarters or more of it was committed using machetes or pieces of wood” not fire-arms to kill them!?
    “What the” !!! How does this work to ban guns in Rwanda in that situation (Hypothetically) because that is the anti gun lobby claim !!!

    The anti gun lobby does have one minor point, they had not banned fire-arms in Rwanda !

    …”That, in its essence, is fascism–ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.”… — Franklin D. Roosevelt —

    A few years(1993) before Martin Bryant committed “the Port Arthur Massacre in Tasmania Australia in 1996” , Because of three semi-automatic fire-arm massacres in previous in Australia ( Hoddle street 80’s , Queen street 80’s , Strathfield Mall 91 ), fire-arm licenses involved sitting a test of around 50 questions and going to license training lectures a couple of times a week before doing the test for a fire-arms license!!!
    Australia had also removed armalite and semi-automatic rifles and shotguns from ordinary licensing as much as banning to the general public.
    Up to 1993 a firearms license involved a background check before grant and payment for a year’s permit, without test, and allowed, any semi automatic fire-arm (center-fire, rim-fire, shotgun) with detached magazine including short rifles such as M1 carbine and Ruger mini 14 and 30 round capacity magazines rifle or shotgun, However, pistols and automatic weapons and heavy armor piercing calibers were not allowed, pistols and machine guns have never been allowed since around year 1900, these are an extremely rare grant with national security clearance for special purpose with immense restrictions on handling presence keeping and use from around 1900 !!!

    What Howard did(more than this – really or truthfully the Governor Genral and the Attorney Genral) was no more “democratic” or a proven point than when Gough Whitlam had his Australian ALP government dissolved by the Governor Genral of Australia in 1975.

    If someone does not agree with the 2nd Amendment in the USA constitution i suppose they are neither a “democracy supporter or (and thus) human rights supporter”, they need to understand fire-arms in a context of human rights, and there is no case to say people are any safer if only a “government force” e.g. Police and Soldiers” have semi auto weapons and not ordinary citizens, the result is often the following…

    Kampuchea, NAZI Germany, Japan , Uganda e.t.c. and as much because of non democracy process of government.

    This the best it gets in the US Constitution for most Americans aside to “concealed carry license”.

    .50 Is actually considered the start of Cannon caliber!
    Country Girl Shooting Gun (Barrett .50 Cal Sniper Rifle)

    This is what the USA army has and national guard e.t.c.
    (a UH-1 armed with these either side are a WOMD Weapon of Mass Destruction)

    This is what the USA Government has thousands of in the air.

    A-10 Warthog Gatling Gun Test (a WOMD Weapon of Mass Destruction)

    This is the RUSSIANS at it!
    Prototype Quadrotor with Machine Gun! (FPSRussia channel is a lot of fun with guns)

    politically updated hippy version

    a stone age looney party version

    Principley the Khmer genocide was neither machete or gun, both for cost of bullets and the possible need to fight neighboring countries !