Defense Secretary Robert Gates has axed the Air Force's Combat Search and Rescue replacement platform program and appears headed toward removing that mission as a USAF core function. Here, an Air Force pararescue jumper mans a machine gun on an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter, which CSAR-X would have replaced, during a proficiency exercise April 10, 2009 outside Baghdad, Iraq. The PJ is deployed to the 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron at Joint Base Balad.
US Air Force photo/SSgt. James L. Harper Jr.
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