I’ve found that to a lot of people, civilian and military alike, Air Force PJs are like the Kraken of the special operations community: People have vaguely heard of them, sorta know that they’re supposed to be pretty badass, have huge arms, and spend a lot of time underwater, but have never actually seen or met one. National Geographic looks to change all of that with their new show, “Inside Combat Rescue.”

The new show, premiering Monday, February 18th, 2013, will show the pilots, crew, and Pararescuemen assigned to Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) in Afghanistan. I’m really excited to see the guys in action operating out of  Kandahar; I’ll have a full review up following the first episode. Hopefully everyone’s hair looks good.


Here’s a snippet from an Air Combat Command article writing about the project:

In this first-of-its kind series for the Air Force, a National Geographic film crew embedded with pararescuemen, combat rescue officers, HH-60G Pave Hawk crews and support forces of the 23d Wing during a 2012 deployment to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. 

The show features Guardian Angel team members–PJs and CROs–deployed from Moody’s 38th Rescue Squadron and Pave Hawk crews deployed from the 66th Rescue Squadron and associated units at Nellis AFB. 

“We’re excited for people to have a first-hand look at the great work Air Force combat rescue Airmen do every day around the world,” said Col. Billy Thompson, 23d Wing commander. “The series portrays just a fraction of the capabilities Air Force personnel recovery forces bring combatant commanders, and it captures what a true team effort this mission set requires. It’s important to realize it takes the work of hundreds of Airmen in dozens of career fields to make the lives saved by our rescue crews possible.”