by SrA Matthew Bruch

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Pete Leblanc, a pararescueman (PJ) with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Red Team, practices fast roping out of the back of a hollowed out helicopter used for fast rope training on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 20, 2011. PJ's are capable of deploying anywhere in the world at any time via air, land, or sea to perform life saving missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


This was my first official Air Force photo assignment. I spent the day fast rope training with a pararescue team. I was able to learn a lot about the pararescue mission and the airmen that do it. I feel lucky that I'm able to meet Airmen from all around the Air Force and live a day in their lives. It's the greatest perk of my job.