57th Rescue Squadron named RQS of the year
The 57th Rescue Squadron has been named the ‘2015-2016 Rescue Squadron of the Year’ by the “That Others May Live” Foundation
US Air Force, October 12, 2016 - ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England by SA Malcolm Mayfield, 48th Fighter Wing - The 57th Rescue Squadron has been named the ‘2015-2016 Rescue Squadron of the Year’ by the “That Others May Live” Foundation.
Selection for the award is based on the squadron’s accomplishments throughout the year, both at home and abroad.
“We have one of the most experienced teams within the Guardian Angel community,” Master Sgt. Ivan Ruiz 57th RQS Operations superintendent. “The younger Airmen are motivated, and the older guys are motivated to train them.”
The 57th was established in March 2015, making it the newest rescue squadron to join the Guardian Angel community in the Air Force. The community is comprised of uniquely trained support personnel dedicated to conducting personnel recovery across the full-range of military operations and during all phases of joint, coalition and combined operations.
The focus of the community is to prepare personnel who may be isolated or become missing in uncertain or hostile environments, to conduct recovery operations during peacetime and war and to lead reintegration operations after a recovery.
In support of the unit’s Guardian Angel mission, they began to deploy and provided personnel recovery in combat locations a month after standing up.
“There’s a lot of work that goes into standing up a new unit,” Lt. Col. Jose Cabrera 57th RQS commander. “I’m honored to be a part of this team and help them along the way.”
The foundation’s original goal was to support those in the rescue community that need help, and Ruiz knows first-hand how valuable that service can be.
“The association has helped me and my family out of a tough situation,” Ruiz said. “What they do is priceless and as a guardian community, we need to become more involved in the association. They’re there for a good cause, and we’re grateful and lucky for what they do.”
The foundation will present the award to the squadron during their 4th annual “That Others May Live” Foundation Rescue Ball Oct. 15, in Nevada.