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MEDIUM: graphite pencil, General’s charcoal pencil, charcoal stick, and chalk on bond paper.
I was inspired to create my portrait of a U.S. Soldier in a combat war zone while hovering over an Afghanistan landscape today because of my research to understand further the role of the United States Air Force Special Operations Pararescuemen.
What I learned is that the Pararescuemen are the United States Air Force Elite Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and Air Combat Command (ACC) operatives tasked with recovery and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments.
As far as I have learned, through my research, they are the only members of the Department of Defense specifically organized, trained and equipped to conduct personnel recovery operations in hostile or denied areas as a primary mission.
They rescue Air Force personnel and every other branch and from what I have learned have been instrumental in saving many lives in Iraq/Afghanistan.
I also discovered that they are one of the many branches of the United States armed services that often gone unrecognized for their duty and dedication and service to their country.
My portrait today is to recognize and to honor the United States Air Force Special Operations Pararescuemen and to thank them for their service to our country and in our war.