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GRP 88-So that others may live: The Story of a Pararescuemen.


GRP 88-So that others may live: The Story of a Pararescuemen.

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GRP 88-We’re back! We took a short break for the end of the summer to get some travel time in. On for this week’s podcast is United States Air Force (Ret) Chief Master Sergeant “N.G.”. He served in the Air Force for a total of 26 years, with 21 of those years as a Pararescuemen, or Para Jumper (PJ). The United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and Air Combat Command (ACC) operators tasked with recovery and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments. These special operations units are also used to support NASA missions and have been used to recover astronauts after water landings. They are attached to other SOF teams from all branches to conduct other operations as appropriate.


“N.G” is the owner of S.E.I. Green Feet, a company which provides a multitude of highly specialized training modules for the special operations, first responders, and business communities. You can find out more about the company here:


We talked about some of “N.G”s career, the unique mission and capabilities of the PJ’s, as well as tactical medicine, leadership, and exiting the military.


•    0:00-Introduction audio on Medal of Honor recipient Airforce PJ William H. Pitsenbarger “Pitts”.


•    7:47-Air Force Pararescue is the only unit whose primary job is to rescue. Joining the Air Force, and then Pararescue.


•    12:50-Pararescue selection, advice on how to properly prepare.


•    22:10-What makes Pararescue a unique unit and mission set. Jumping, diving, insertion and exfiltration capabilities. 


•    30:07-Combat deployments as a Pararescuemen.


•    38:05-NG was a part of the team that rescued the Stealth F-117A pilot who was shot down in Serbia in 1999.


•     45:45-The development of tactics, techniques, and procedures of combat medicine. The innovation of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), and its implementation by the U.S. Army Rangers.


•    58:00-Leadership.


•    1:05:14- “There are no atheist in the foxholes”


•    1:15:02-S.E.I. Green Feet


•    1:21:06-Exiting the military. The Pararescue Foundation.



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Memorial Day, Army Rangers, Army EOD, AF Combat Search and Rescue


Memorial Day, Army Rangers, Army EOD, AF Combat Search and Rescue

GRP 28- Today’s episode is a special Memorial Day tribute to our fallen countrymen from all wars past till present. There will be multiple post highlighting this episode, this is an excerpt from former Army Ranger John Lovell.

Memorial Day, Army Rangers, Army EOD, AF Combat Search and Rescue


John Hendricks: What do you think about when you think of Memorial Day?


John Lovell: Today I’m thinking about Pat Tillman. Tillman was somebody I served with in 2nd Ranger Battalion. I didn’t know em well. Aside from just seeing him around I didn’t have much interaction with him. The reason I’m thinking of Pat Tillman today is because of the feelings his story represents to me now. I honor Pat as a patriot and a hero.


I think of those who were with him on the battlefield. Often times I think of whoever it was who killed him accidently by friendly fire. It’s a weird place that my heart goes to on memorial day, I think about how I would feel if I accidently killed my brother. I would rather prefer that I died instead. Friendly fire is a reality of war. I know how many veterans walk around wounded by the thought of that they failed their brothers. If only they’d fought a little harder, or fought a little better they could have saved their brothers.


There’s a lot of Vietnam vets, GWOT vets, that really wished that they had died instead, and their dying a little bit inside everyday because of it. Those that carry around a horrible burden I don’t judge these guys. I wanted any soldiers out there that are possibly carrying around shame, to those who feel they somehow let their brothers down. I cannot know this for sure, but I feel like if one of my brothers was responsible for my death on the battlefield I’d have forgiveness for them.


I’d say its part of war man, you did your best, there’s nothing more you could have done. Let go of your shame and live, live for me, or in you I’d die twice. On memorial day I don’t just think of the veterans who died, I think of the veterans who are limping through life still. My message is one for them. 


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