LEE W. SHAFFER, CMSgt, USAF

Jim,

Please feel free to forward to your team.

As my 30 years of service to our nation and our noble profession is rapidly coming to a close…I want to take a moment and thank you and your amazing team of JTM professionals.

I know I’ve said this to you countless times, but your course is without a doubt the best paramedic refresher I’ve ever attended in my now 30 years of service as a USAF Pararescueman.

From my perspective as the USAF Pararescue Career Field Manager and one who has attended JTM 4 times in the last 10 years; the outstanding service that you and your team provide to our nations great warriors, is without equal.    The classroom instruction, the practical exercises, and the combat/humanitarian scenarios are extremely relevant to today’s fight.  Through the years, you and your team have adapted rapidly to the ever-changing combat and humanitarian medical/rescue/combat environment.  Not an easy task, but one that’s extremely important in order to prepare those warriors who attend your course and deploy downrange for the fight today and in the future.

On a personal note, I want to thank you for the “Batman’s Last Ride” team photo, and for sending me off that last day after our final awesome “urban” scenario with very kind words and a standing ovation from you, your team, and the men I trained with…that was HUGE, and I was deeply, deeply touched.  As I left you all and made my way to the airport, I’m not ashamed to admit, my eyes leaked.  That was a phenomenal send off and was a great, GREAT final TDY to end my career.

My best to you and your All-Star team…. today and in the future,

LEE W. SHAFFER, CMSgt, USAF
Pararescue Career Field Manager
Air Force Dive Program Manager
Special Operations and Personnel Recovery Division
HQ USAF/A3O-AS, Pentagon

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