Masters of the sky, seas

Maj. Dee Bochte and Capt. Josiah Hart, 36th Rescue Flight helicopter pilots, look for safe landing zone for freefall swimmers from the 336th Training Group during a water operations training scenario Oct. 17, 2014, at Long Lake, Washington. The training was held to train new helicopter pilots and aircrew assigned to the 36th Rescue Flight with maneuvering and retracting persons from water situations. On average, the unit responds from 15 to 20 emergencies each year and is credited with saving more than 687 lives since its inception in 1971. These missions included search and rescue for crashed aircraft and lost hikers, fisherman and hunters; notification and evacuation of backcountry personnel in the face of Washington's worst fire season in seven years; transport of a critically-injured gunshot victim; and the rescue of a seriously injured back-country snowboarder with a 200-foot hoist using night vision in Sandpoint, Idaho. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

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