PJs aid in hurricane relief

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Two Joint Task Force 129 crews on board HH-60G Pave Hawks fly over Crystal Beach, Texas, Sept. 13. The JTF 129 crews rescued 48 people and pets stranded in the Galveston area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Luigge Romanillo)

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Joint Task Force 129 pararescuemen on board an HH-60G Pave Hawk help hurricane victims wade through the water to safety Sept. 13 in Galveston, Texas. The JTF 129 crews rescued 48 people and pets stranded in the Galveston area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brock Woodward)

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Staff Sgt. Rick Caldwell looks from an HH-60G Pave Hawk at the damage caused by Hurricane Ike Sept. 13 around Houston. Airmen from across the Air Force are deployed to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, to assist with rescue missions. Sergeant Caldwell is assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Corey Parrish)
 

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A Joint Task Force 129 pararescueman rescues hurricane victims Sept. 13 in Crystal Beach, Texas. The JTF 129 crews rescued 48 people and pets stranded in the Galveston area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brock Woodward)

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Joint Task Force 129 pararescuemen rescue a hurricane victim Sept. 13 in Galveston, Texas. The JTF 129 crews rescued 48 peoole and pets stranded in the Galveston area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brock Woodward)

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An HH-60 Pave Hawk assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group conducts search and rescue operations after Hurricane Ike, in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

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Pararescueman Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts conducts search and rescue operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts is assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)
 

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Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts (left) and Senior Airman Brandon Smith run through a flooded portion of Galveston, Texas, searching for residents needing help during search and rescue operations after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts and Airman Smith are both pararescueman assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

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Senior Airman Brandon Smith (left) and Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts conduct search and rescue operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13

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Senior Airman Brandon Smith (left) and Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts conduct search and rescue operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts and Airman Smith are both pararescueman assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

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Pararescueman Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts receives a hug from a resident during search and rescue operations after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)
 

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Staff Sgt. Lopaka Mounts (left) and Senior Airman Brandon Smith,cross-load an injured Galveston, Texas, resident from an ambulance for air evacuation during search and rescue operations after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Sergeant Mounts and Airman Smith are both pararescueman assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

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An HH-60 Pave Hawk assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, sits in the street during operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

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Crewmen watch for stranded people Sept. 13 as an HH-60 Pave Hawk assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group conducts search and rescue operations over Galveston, Texas, Sept. 13. in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)

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An HH-60 Pave Hawk receives fuel from a HC-130 Hercules during search and rescue operations in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13. Both aircraft are assigned to the 331st Air Expeditionary Group at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.)
 

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Joint Task Force-129 crew, Jolly 92, lands in a tight space between houses to rescue an adult male in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 12

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Joint Task Force-129 crew, Jolly 92, lands in a tight space between houses to rescue an adult male in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 12. The California Air National Guard crew of Jolly 92 rescued six civilians and pets stranded in Galveston. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Wally Bacio)

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Joint Task Force-129 crew, Jolly 92, rescues a family of four in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 12. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Wally Bacio)
 

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HELL YEAH!!! I actually saw PJ's working in Texas on CNN when I was working out at the Rec center.. Pretty motivating, very humbling.. HOO YA GREEN FEET!!

I love that Pic of the Pave Hawk in front of Popeyes! lol
 

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I love that Pic of the Pave Hawk in front of Popeyes! lol

We drove down that street the day before, and passed by that Popeye's.

I'm sorry I never made it back to the island after the Hurricane, but in that pic, you can see the top of one of the rigs that came in to help.

Great pics. Gonna pass them along.
 

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We were in Texas for 20 days waiting for Gustav then Ike. We ended up getting 32 saves for the 129th/131RQS. Still some people did not want to go as flood waters were creeping to the door.
 

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We were in Texas for 20 days waiting for Gustav then Ike. We ended up getting 32 saves for the 129th/131RQS. Still some people did not want to go as flood waters were creeping to the door.


Thank you for your service! I'm sure those 32 lives you group saved will never forget what you guys did for them either!
 
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We ended up getting 32 saves for the 129th/131RQS.

I live in the FL Panhandle, and have been through a few hurricanes myself.

I can speak with certainty that we in the hurricane zone appreciate you guys more than you'll ever know.

Thanks for your service!
 

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We were in Texas for 20 days waiting for Gustav then Ike. We ended up getting 32 saves for the 129th/131RQS. Still some people did not want to go as flood waters were creeping to the door.

Great job!
 
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