In all some 80 reservist airmen and four aircraft assigned to the 920th Rescue Wing, based in Brevard County, executed the rescue mission, according to the 920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs. The unit even dispatched a team member who spoke fluent German to aid with translation.
“On behalf of the German government, I would like to express my deep gratitude to you and the U.S. Air Force for rescuing two German citizens in distress at sea on July 8, 2017, after their vessel sank off the coast of Florida. Through the exemplary deployment of US airmen and equipment, the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick AFB, FL, was able to rescue the two yachtsmen [names redacted] in distress 500 miles from land. Your rescue forces performed a remarkable feat, thus adding yet another, especially impressive act to the countless examples of friendship between our two nations.”
Col. Kurt Matthews, the 920th Rescue Wing commander called the mission a culmination of skill and teamwork. “The specific capability with our Guardian Angel Airmen, combined with our air refueling and extended-range airlift makes us uniquely able to accomplish this mission where few others in the world can. I’m very humbled and glad to be a part of this noble mission.”
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