US, UK focus on combat search and rescue during exercise

Story and photos by Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield
48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Royal AiR Force Station LAKENHEATH, England — Airmen and aircraft from the 48th Fighter Wing participated in exercise Point Blank alongside their Royal Air Force counterparts at the Stanford Training Area, England, Feb. 27.

The recurring, large force exercise was designed to increase tactical proficiency of Department of Defense and Ministry of Defence forces stationed within the United Kingdom and Europe.

Pararescuemen from the 57th Rescue Squadron and a HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 56th RQS conducted training aimed at preparing coalition warfighters for engagements in highly contested, multidimensional battlespaces through advanced training in support of U.S. and U.K. national interests.


Pararescuemen assigned to 57th Rescue Squadron dash toward a 56th RQS HH-60G Pave Hawk during a training scenario for exercise Point Blank at the Stanford Training Area, England, Feb. 27. Point Blank is a low-cost initiative designed to increase tactical proficiency of Department of Defense and Ministry of Defence forces stationed within the United Kingdom and Europe.

Several 57th Rescue Squadron pararescuemen perform a simulated rescue of a pilot during a training scenario for exercise Point Blank at the Stanford Training Area, England, Feb. 27. Exercise Point Blank is a recurring large force exercise designed and cohosted by the 48th Fighter Wing and the Royal Air Force.

A 57th Rescue Squadron pararescueman assists a pilot during a training scenario for exercise Point Blank at the Stanford Training Area, England, Feb. 27. The vision for the exercise is to create an effective tactical-level exercise with a focus on increasing interoperability between coalition forces.

Several 57th Rescue Squadron pararescuemen prepare to recover a pilot in simulated distress during a training scenario for exercise Point Blank at the Stanford Training Area, England, Feb. 27. The mission of Point Blank is to prepare coalition warfighters for engagements in highly contested, multidimensional battlespaces through advanced training in support of U.S. and U.K. national interests.