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Pave Hawk paint scheme honors Vietnam

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  • By Master Sgt. Kelly Goonan, 920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs

The 943d Rescue Group, a geographically separated unit of the 920th Rescue Wing, recently completed painting an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter in a Vietnam-Era paint scheme in July at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

This helicopter received the two-tone camouflage pattern, consisting of drab green and tan colors, as part of a heritage restoration project honoring the history of Air Force Rescue during the Vietnam War.

Combat search and rescue men and women, operating within what was then known as Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service units, were responsible for saving thousands of lives of downed aircrew and other isolated personnel often deep within hostile territory.

The 943d RQG, a geographically separated unit of the 920th Rescue Wing, is located on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. They execute the 920th RQW mission to plan, lead, and conduct military rescue operations and missions to deny competitors and adversaries exploitation of isolated personnel.