para·​res·​cue ˈper-ə-ˌre-(ˌ)skyü How to pronounce pararescue (audio)
often attributive
: a search and rescue mission by specially trained personnel who can parachute to the site
a pararescue team
pararescueman noun
pararescuer noun

Examples of pararescue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pararescue team was hoisted down to the hiker and stabilized him for transport to the McCarthy Airport, where he was moved to an air ambulance and taken to Alaska Regional in Anchorage, officials said. Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2021 The recovery operations for all three are born out of the Apollo program, Goddard said, crediting former NASA recovery director Milt Heflin and Air Force pararescue Chief Master Sgt. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 7 Feb. 2023 G Pave Hawk helicopter and a 211th Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II -- a large tanker -- with pararescue personnel on board. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 2021 This year’s honoree was William H. Pitsenbarger, an Air Force pararescue medic from Ohio who was dropped into a Vietnamese jungle on April 11, 1966, to help an Army unit pinned down by enemy fire. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2021 G Pave Hawk helicopter, a 212th Rescue Squadron pararescue team and a 211th Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II, according to the Alaska Air National Guard. Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2021 The aircrew from the 210th Rescue Squadron, as well as pararescue personnel from the 212th Rescue Squadron, left Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in an HH-60 Pave Hawk at 1:03 a.m. Saturday. Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2021 Casualties would’ve been much higher that day without William H. Pitsenbarger, a U.S. Air Force pararescue medic who saved more than 60 men in the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division. Matt Wake |, al, 25 Feb. 2020 Think of pararescue operators who leap out of aircraft or tactical controllers who call in close air support. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, 12 Feb. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pararescue was in 1948

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“Pararescue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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