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Wade Icey

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www.alohashirtrescue.com
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 29, 2013 - 12:10am PT
and you tell us some Lemoore NAS Rescue stories.

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The Chief

climber
From the Land of the Mongols
Oct 29, 2013 - 12:27am PT
They are all pleasantly mine actually. Good and bad. Some very sad.

I am one of those "little guys" in the front row. Guess which one.



Here was the Outfits long standing moto:










I think that Werner can probably do a far better job of story telling than I could.


He had the privilege of experiencing and operating with them just about the entire time the "OLD" outfit was operational and saved a lot of asses.


They recom'd last year btw. Back in action and available.




Photo was taken this past summer during their Fallon Op CSAR OP CERTS as they were keeping up with the required Annual Combat SAR Certifications.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 29, 2013 - 12:31am PT
Nice.

Big wall plucks?
The Chief

climber
From the Land of the Mongols
Oct 29, 2013 - 12:32am PT
Three off the Stone.

Two with Werner...... a long long long time ago.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 29, 2013 - 12:34am PT
Pavehawk.. sweet ride amazing capabilities. Hell the helmets and goggles are pretty damn cool.

Love to hear any stories The Cheif.

and a shoutout to the 210th ANG.. well it's been reorganizd a bit.. but basically the same
The Chief

climber
From the Land of the Mongols
Oct 29, 2013 - 12:40am PT
Negative.



Navy MH CSAR-60 SEAHAWK. One of the five decom'd HCS-5/HSC-22 birds they keep at Fallon on stand by and use for CSAR Cert Training with the Frogs.


Werner should remember this one:
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 29, 2013 - 12:44am PT
OK cool so That's a Navy spec/op SAR blackhawk platform? I'm sure some nice new stuff has been added since I had any familiarity at all with em 20 years ago
The Chief

climber
From the Land of the Mongols
Oct 29, 2013 - 12:47am PT
Yup.


Last I heard from an old shipmate of mine that retired from the outfit last Spring, there are seven total of these both in (5)Fallon and (2)China Lake. Three with IFR probes like the Pavehawk. They deploy with combined reserve and TAD'd active duty crews when needed. Pretty much the same deal as when I went TAD with em to Skinny Town in '93. They were dubbed HCS-5 back then. Originally HAL-5 during NAM.

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Oct 29, 2013 - 01:18am PT
homeland sec has one out a fallon too.. plain, unmarked blackhawk..
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Oct 29, 2013 - 02:02am PT
Meanwhile we still use the Sea King........


Oh, dear.

The Chief

climber
From the Land of the Mongols
Oct 29, 2013 - 10:44am PT
You drive a White Toyota Camry?^^^^^
peladob

Mountain climber
Mason City, Iowa
Oct 29, 2013 - 10:47am PT
With pink trim...
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Oct 29, 2013 - 11:00am PT
Hoped the shop was open so I could introduce myself, but it looked dark.

Seems like you misses an opportunity to get up close and personal with the one and only...shet Burchmeister!

fluffy

Trad climber
Colorado
Oct 29, 2013 - 11:04am PT
is that a bolt-shootin MG?

nice ride!
WBraun

climber
Oct 29, 2013 - 11:25am PT
Black Hawk is way too big to make the tight maneuvers needed in Yosemite Valley helo rescue ops.

They tried in the beginning, but too big.

They're good in open spaces.

The last Lemoore NAS mission here was a disaster.

Lemoore NAS was responsible for many many years of saving lots of lives and support missions to the welfare of the public.

One of the most frightening times was when mactwisted was in the ship in the winter in the sierras during a squall whiteout trying to land and they had no visibility.

Someone said throw a smoke canister out the door to gain visibility of the ground.

They deployed the smoke canister inside the ship and then trying to open the door it was frozen.

Hahaha the ship filled up with orange smoke LOL

They finally got it open ......

Too funny.

There's tons of crazy story's, tooo many .....
The Chief

climber
From the Land of the Mongols
Oct 29, 2013 - 12:08pm PT
There's tons of crazy story's, tooo many .....


Precisely.


From what I understand Werner, the last Lemoore OP in the Valley pretty much did the OLD Outfit in. You can't win em all but the ride for the old Lemoore UH-1N Team was over-all an outstanding record of successful and safe rescues.


Funniest and one of the most memorable I had was not in the Valley. Rather on Whitney!!

Apr '78.

Had a general call out from AFRCC that a team of three "hikers" were overdue and most likely stranded on top of the summit hut of Whitney after the three day Sierra Blizzard that dumped over 6' of snow throughout the Sierra.

As we lifted off and were eastbound we heard from AFRCC that all three units (Us, China Lake & Fallon) called in airborne and responding. The race was on to see who would get there first. We figured that China Lake would beat us but they lied and were not airborne but still turning waiting for local clearance.

As we flew at 13K' eastbound, we didn't really know if the victims were actually there on the summit or not as there were no cell phones back then. We were two minutes out from the Whitney summit plateau and about to do power checks (not a problem as the outside amb temp was hovering around -5F) when we saw there was an inbound from 10degs north and another around 140ish from the SE, both at the same relative altitude as we were. There they were.

Bottom line, a slight battle over the radio ensued over who got the dips on the LZ and actual pick up. All three HAC's pretty much knew one another so they agreed that we would all three land just southwest of the Hut and investigate since we were all there. Smokes chucked and we landed three abreast at around 210 deg due to the prevailing SW 30 or so knot wind. It was frking cold to say the least. All three of us crew chiefs got out of the turning Hueys, huddled together and agreed we would each take one of victims down to Lone Pine if they indeed were in the hut. Hopefully alive and not stiff as a board dead. So as we wandered over to the hut, to our surprise we heard the creek of the old metal door opened and out came three middle aged freezing LAers with some big fatass grins on their faces.

"Thank you GOD!" Came outta the first dudes mouth. They hugged us and were overly pleased to see us.

Loaded em up into the turning aircraft and all three Novembers powered on down and landed nut to butt at the LP Airport tarmac where two ambulances and several Inyo County Sheriff's were waiting for the dudes. Powered on down and we escorted em to the awaiting ambulances and Inyo County Sheriff's vehicles. Before getting into their rides, all three dudes gave us a hug telling us they never imagined that three Navy Hueys would come to save them from certain death. I had a photo of all three of us November's on the 3 foot snow covered summit of Whitney turning and burning, but lost it over the years.

That was one of the most memorable local SAR's I was a part of.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 29, 2013 - 12:35pm PT
Burchey, I'm taking the 5th on that. But if you buy me a fifth I'll talk. :-)
The Chief

climber
From the Land of the Mongols
Oct 29, 2013 - 12:40pm PT
When I was with Lemoore and then Fallon, we didn't care one bit. We were always stoked to be called out, airborne and operating. Did not matter what or where or why. Free ride or not. Did not matter. Did not have too many as I recall.

Hell, when I was with the Longhorns in Fallon, the CO of he base had such a good rapport with the local ranchers that we would sometimes get called out to assist them in locating lost calf's after a major snow storm. We wrote it off as a Training Evolution. They had a terrible habit of wandering out onto the active bombing ranges. Especially B-17. We would periodically be called out to clear the ranges prior to live drops of large ordnance, i.e. MK82-84's and would look for any lost calf's etc.
Maysho

climber
Soda Springs, CA
Oct 29, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
Hey Chief, did we meet back in those days? As I recall, two years in a row the Lemoore Crew came up to YMS for a climbing course, when I was chief guide, I worked directly with them and really enjoyed some time on the rock with a great team. I got a tour of the ship one time it was idling in Ahwahnee meadow.

Total respect for you and these rescue professionals..

Peter
The Chief

climber
From the Land of the Mongols
Oct 29, 2013 - 01:24pm PT
Yup on that Peter.

You and old Birdman gave us our Rock Indoc week. Ronnie came in periodically as well to say hey. Three of us SAR dudes were already regulars in the Valley so we got to kinda fk off. We stayed at C4 and at the walk in TM CG cus the Awanhee and tents in TM were all booked so we used the Per Diem to drink our asses off in the eve. We actually got our asses in a drunkfest bind the last night in C4 before we left.

As I recall, old John Dill saved us from the clutches of LEO's and ensuing trip to the magistrate and did not report us to the command.

Ya'll were way cool indeed.

We all had an outstanding rapport. Great coordination etc.

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