Check Out These Shots Of A C-17 Dropping Pararescuemen Over The Navy's Arctic Outpost

Photo credit: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Photo credit: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

The Navy’s multi-national arctic exercise known as ICEX is underway in the far north and the USAF is getting in on the action. A C-17 from the 249th Airlift Squadron dropped 10 Pararescuemen from the 212th Rescue Squadron and two Alaska Army National Guard soldiers, along with 9,500 pounds of supplies, into the super-remote ice-base. This unique mission was captured in the dramatic photos below.

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Always liked the PJs I worked with daily at the 920th RQW, but they certainly fall into the “aint quite right” spectrum of mentality. People who look forward to jumping out of perfectly good aircraft into shallow as hell Indian River water... at night... for fun practice... well, they are missing the fear part of the brain. Glad they are there to save the rest of us, but not sure how they survive to reproduce...