Tuesday, December 8, 2009
“Airmen aid in search for stranded hiker” by the U.S. Air Force official website shows how the U.S.A.F is not just a branch of the military but also an organization to help people, especially in Search and Rescue operations. The man was hiking in a remote area in Arizona, when he became lost. Just before his phone ran out of batteries the hiker made a 911 phone call. The call cut out and was not able to be traced by the 911 operators. When the 911 operators were not able to trace the phone call the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) was called to trace the phone call. The professional airmen were able to track the phone call down to a 1square mile area. The AFRCC was able to call a police helicopter to search the small area for the hiker. The helicopter found the man very quickly since they had such a small area to search. The main point of the article is that the Air Force helps people as well as defending American Freedoms.