Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
March 29, 2006
Lowndes County - You could call it survival of the fittest. "It's very intense, a lot of hard work," said Joel Gentz, Air Force ROTC Student.
Hard work is an understatement. From sun up to sun down, its a non-stop routine of crunches, push ups, and most any kind of physical training you can think of. "This is a battle of the wills, how bad do they want it and do they have the right stuff," said Major Scott Shepard.
They're hoping to prove that they've got what it takes to become an Air Force Combat Rescue Officer. A Combat Rescue Officer leads personnel recovery missions and is responsible for making sure his fellow airmen are rescued from danger. "We're looking for a guy who wants to make sure that someone who's out there in the woodline by themselves, waiting to come home to his family, gets home safely," said Shepard.
They started with 20, now on the third day, they're down to twelve. At the end of the week, only the best of the best will make the cut. "This is our chance to show them that we want to be here as CRO's, this is our one chance, we get one shot," said Gentz.
As part of their training, the guys have to complete a six-mile run carrying a backpack filled with sandbags. It weighs about 45 pounds, but that's nothing compared to the load they have to carry in combat. "We're making sure the guys understand this is not a job where they'll be sitting at a desk or working on a flight line, they'll be out on the front lines leading troops," said Shepard.
Those who are selected this week still have a long road ahead. There's an intense 18 month training period before they can actually become an officer.
It may be one of the most challenging weeks they'll ever go through, but one thing makes it all worth while. "Knowing that I'll have the chance to lead the guys out here into the mission," said Gentz.
And the assurance that because of their leadership, their fellow airmen will make it home safely.