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Press Release
January 11, 2009
Media Advisory: 304th Reservists Return Home
Portland IAP. -- In the early morning hours, and after several delays, Air Force Reservists from the 304th Rescue Squadron returned home from a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The group of twelve reservists landed at the Portland Air National Guard base in a C-17 aircraft along with their equipment.

The 304th Rescue Squadron is a Personnel Recovery Ground Force referred to as Guardian Angel made up of Combat Rescue Officers, Pararescuemen, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape Specialist, and Combat Support personnel which provide rescue and recovery operations during both peacetime and wartime, as well as humanitarian missions around the world.

Guardian Angels are among the most highly trained rescue specialists in the U.S. military. They must maintain demanding tactical, technical, and medical qualifications throughout their careers. With this rescue and medical expertise, along with their deployment capabilities, Guardian Angels are able to perform life-saving missions in the world's most dangerous, remote, and inhospitable areas.

This returning group will conclude 365 days of overseas deployments for the 304th in 2008. During the deployment members took part in 130 saves and 221 assists. A 'save' refers to a situation where, without immediate intervention, a person would lose their life, a limb or eyesight (LLE). Members have also recorded 221 assists--evacuations where LLE were not in immediate danger but personal safety and well being was threatened.

The 304th has a long history in the Northwest providing rescue and recovery support, since 1957. Members of the 304th have participated in life saving mission on Mt. St Helens, Mount Hood, and in several recent hurricane and U.S. disaster relief efforts.

Their motto "That Others May Live" reaffirms the Guardian Angels commitment to saving lives and self-sacrifice. Without these Rescue Specialist, thousands of service members and civilians would have been unnecessarily lost in past conflicts and natural disasters.
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Adam Hoffman