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  • n. A military career field whose practitioners parachute into enemy territory to provide emergency medical help and to rescue fellow soldiers.


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  • They carry what the Air Force calls pararescue men.

    CNN Transcript Jan 25, 2008

  • Before the day was done, five more of his comrades would perish: Sgt. Bradley Crose, Pfc. Matthew Commons, Spc. Marc Anderson (all Army Rangers), Sgt. Philip Svitak (a flight engineer) and Airman Jason Cunningham, a "pararescue" jumper.

    'Leave No Man Behind'

  • Jones, who had extensive pararescue training in the Navy, along with another driver who happened to be a nurse, rushed to Gomez.

    Heroes or Villains?

  • The big helicopter was carrying a twelve member air force STS team made up of combat controllers and pararescue personnel.

    Vince Flynn Collectors’ Edition #2

  • In this case if they were needed, they would make that very quick flight, hover over the hotel, lower some of these Air Force-trained pararescue men into the situation, and they would be able to do everything they could to rescue anyone who was either trapped on the roof, trapped in some of those upper floors, that firefighters might not be able to get to.

    CNN Transcript Jan 25, 2008

  • Across the devastated region, some 1,000 military personnel are involved in search and rescue missions, and even as hundreds of people were pulled out on Saturday, pararescue jumpers, Vincent Acker (ph), and Doug Dickens (ph), encountered only defiance from storm survivors.

    CNN Transcript Sep 14, 2008

  • At one point, I turned to the pararescue jumper that I was sitting next to on the helicopter and he had a GPS device which showed we were supposed to be flying over nothing but land, but as you looked out of the helicopter, all you could see for as far as you could see was water.

    CNN Transcript Sep 14, 2008

  • And again, as we flew over yesterday, some close to a dozen people that we came into contact with, either brushed us off, didn't want the chopper to come down near them, or just after the pararescue jumpers climbed out of the helicopter and gone down to talk to these folks, they still turned away help.

    CNN Transcript Sep 14, 2008

  • At one point, the pararescue jumper that I was sitting next to in the helicopter, had pulled out a GPS system around his neck, and he looked at it, and it showed that we should have been flying over land.

    CNN Transcript Sep 14, 2008

  • Part of an elite Special Ops unit that specialized in pararescue.

    The Moses Expedition


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  • "The pararescue jumpers load their gear in through the jump door and then take their seats in the rear of the aircraft, up against the fuel tanks."

    —Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm, 1997 (NY: HarperCollins, 1999), 174

    Also, see PJ, short for pararescue jumper.

    August 26, 2009