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"I have no problem sacrificing myself for someone else. It's my job." So says a member of the elite Combat Rescue unit of the U.S. Air Force, whose job it is to come to the aid of American or Allied forces who are either injured or are in extreme danger. "Inside Combat Rescue," the result of unprecedented access provided to National Geographic Channel, takes viewers inside the harrowing world of the brave airmen -- Pararescuemen or PJs, as they're known -- during a four-month deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. More than two dozen missions are chronicled in the series, using strategically placed cameras on airmen's helmets and more than 40 cameras mounted both inside and outside of the Air Force's Pave Hawk helicopters. PJs and their rescue teammates race against time to save Americans, coalition forces, Afghan allies and even local Afghan families caught in the crossfire within the "golden hour," the critical first hour that's often the difference between life and death.

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aired 7 days ago
In this new compilation episode, the PJ's confront their worst nightmares.
aired 7 days ago
Everyday life for pararescuemen involves wounded soldiers, hot landing zones and inoperable weapons.
aired 7 days ago
The elite Combat Rescue members of the U.S. Air Force, Pararescuemen, have one mission: rescue American or Allied forces in danger; For the first time in their history, the they allow camera crews to cover their missions in Afghanistan.
aired 246 days ago
An elite Air Force paramedic rescue unit deploys to Afghanistan; an Afghan civilian is injured in an explosive device blast and the unite must treat and transport him to the hospital within the hour to save his life.
aired 405 days ago
The critical window of time in which PJs strive to complete a rescue and offer the injured their best chance of survival a can be delayed by chaos and confusion.
aired 405 days ago
A seasoned veteran, a new father, and a rookie fly into the heart of a battle to rescue two of their own.
aired 489 days ago
What life is like in Afghanistan for Thomas, Justin, Chris and their fellow airmen; the team evacuates two Afghan allies who have been shot and must change their landing tactics when one of the guns on their chopper breaks in midair.
aired 510 days ago
Barry's first deployment is inside a warzone; Matt and Trevor look after a new pararesueman they call "Babyface."
aired 558 days ago
In the last weeks of deployment, a motorcycle-borne IED blows up near Kandahar city and 10 Afghan civilians need immediate rescue.

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