Four pararescuemen and two combat rescue officers with Air Force Reserve Command’s 304th Rescue Squadron, Portland, Ore., helped save three mountain climbers and a dog trapped on Mount Hood Feb. 18. The climbers and their dog—roped together—had fallen through a snowy overhang on a ridge. The pararescuemen searched, sometimes in whiteout conditions, for more than 12 hours, using a directional antenna to pinpoint a mountain locator unit the climbers had activated, and marked a safe trail for follow-on rescuers. On Feb. 19, climbers and rescuers walked out to where they could ride down the mountain in a Snocat.
Feb. 26, 2024
Two B-52 Stratofortresses from the 5th Bomb Wing conducted a flyover at Changi Air Base during the Singapore Airshow late last week. The BUFFs, currently deployed to Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, flew to Singapore to be featured at the biennial event, which concluded Feb. 25.