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    Pararescuemen training to use the C-17 as a long range water rescue platform.
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    Brrrrrrr is all I got to say

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    Wow. And brrrr.
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    Better them than me Thats why the pjs get so much recognition, they deserve it. For the record, they were wearing dry suits... Of course, I've jumped into K-bay before with a dry suit, and it's still a shock when it hits the face.
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    How do you go about retrieving their chutes from the water?
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    Default For those of you wondering what we were doing in Homer on Tuesday

    The folks in the Whaler take care of that, but when I did the training in Florida, they had a rubber hook to grab a piece of the chute, and hauled it in by hand.

    A lot of our driving around in K-bay was waiting for the chutes to be secured before we could drop the next stick.

    In a real rescue, I would imagine that the chutes would be sacrificed.
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    As I reread this thread, I see where it might be construed that I presented myself as a Pararescueman (PJ). I am not. I'm just a Loadmaster, who opens the doors and supports them whenever I can. I was formerly a crew chief on Blackhawks, where I also sometimes hauled PJ's and other rescue personnel around, and operated the hoist for rescue operations.

    My training involved typical aircrew training where I went through Emergency Parachute training in Florida where I parachuted into Pensacola bay, and trainers retrieved chutes, etc.

    I'm sorry if anyone thought that I was presenting myself as something I'm not.

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    Loved the photo, very cool. I didn't read it as you claiming anything, but I did appreciate the view. Not something I'm likely to witness from that vantage myself.
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