Okinawa-based Special Operations airmen involved in Thai cave rescue

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Airmen from the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command meet with Royal Thai military officials and a Thai engineering company to advise and assist in the rescue operation June 30, 2018, at Chiang Rai, Thailand. A search and rescue team was sent to Tham Luang cave in Northern Thailand at the request of the Royal Thai government to assist in the rescue of the missing Thai soccer players and their coach. (JESSICA TAIT/U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO)
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Airmen from the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command meet with Royal Thai military officials and a Thai engineering company to advise and assist in the rescue operation June 30, 2018, at Chiang Rai, Thailand. A search and rescue team was sent to Tham Luang cave in Northern Thailand at the request of the Royal Thai government to assist in the rescue of the missing Thai soccer players and their coach. (JESSICA TAIT/U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO)

Okinawa-based Special Operations airmen involved in Thai cave rescue

by: Seth Robson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: July 11, 2018

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Dozens of U.S. military personnel, including pararescue airmen based in Okinawa, were part of a multinational effort that saved 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand. The final boy and his coach were rescued Tuesday.

State Department spokesman Steve Castonguay in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand, where the operation unfolded, said in an email Tuesday that Thai authorities had the lead with about 40 American servicemembers in support.

“The U.S. team here consists of a survival specialist and pararescue specialists trained in personnel recovery techniques and procedures, as well as their support personnel,” he said. The group also included Army personnel from a civil military support element, he said.

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