Nellis Crews Aid In Hiker Rescue


(U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Ceaira Tinsley)

Two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters from the 66th Rescue Squadron taxi at Nellis Air Force Base this month after conducting a rescue mission in Cedar City, Utah.

Our national parks are logging record numbers, and that includes hikers who are looking for any source of recreation during the lockdowns of the pandemic. 

But hiking in unfamiliar areas can sometimes be dangerous. 

And with communities spread far and wide in the desert Southwest, rescue crews from Nellis Air Force Base are getting called out more and more for help. 

An aircrew from Nellis Airforce Base’s 66th Rescue Squadron and pararescuemen assigned to the 58th Rescue Squadron helped rescue four teenage hikers stranded in Pine Valley, Utah.

The entire rescue mission took close to 11 hours to complete with several Pave Hawk helicopters unique to the United States Air Force, assisting the mission.

Support comes from



Tech Sgt. David Craig, Parajumper, 58th Rescue Squadron;  Lt. Col. David A. Pouska, Commander, 66th Rescue Squadron; Master Sgt. Greg Fellows, Aviator, 66th Rescue Squadron 

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