US Air Force Pararescuemen - also known as PJs, are the only Department of Defense (DoD) elite combat forces specifically organized, trained, equipped, and postured to conduct full spectrum Personnel Recovery (PR) to include both conventional and unconventional combat rescue operations. These Battlefield Airmen are the most highly trained and versatile Personnel Recovery specialists in the world. Pararescue is the nation’s force of choice to execute the most perilous, demanding, and extreme rescue missions anytime, anywhere across the globe. The 500+ PJs are assigned to Guardian Angel and Special Tactics Squadrons throughout the Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Air Force components. They operate most often as independent teams but routinely serve alongside other US and Allied Special Operations Forces.
About the Pararescue Foundation Team
Dr. Craig Bryan, PsyD
Director, University of Utah National Center for Veterans Studies
Dr. Doug Kechijian, PT, DPT, MA, PRC
Resilient Performance Physical Therapy
Dr. Stephen Rush, MD
USAF Pararescue Medical Director
CMSgt Ryan Schultz, (USAF, ret)
Battlefield Airman Program Manager
USAF School of Aerospace Medicine
Erin Jenkins, MS, CSCS, ACSM EP-C
Director of Human Performance
Board of Directors
CMSgt Douglas Kestranek, (USAF ret)
CMSgt Lee Shaffer, (USAF ret)
Governance: Integrity, Transparency and Compliance
"Warrior, teammate, friend."
In a career field that has only produced 3,500 members since World War II, everything is personal. Our customers today were our teammates, mentors and students. Just as we fought alongside them on the battlefield, we now fight to stretch the impact of every dollar for the benefit of our small community.
Earning and keeping donor trust is fundamental to every choice we make. We adhere to voluntary accounting best-practices codified for not-for-profit entities by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). click for info on the FASB
The Pararescue Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) Public Charity
Tax ID: 81-1692762 click to view tax exempt determination letter .pdf
IRS Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (2016 was our first tax year)
Questions about governance? click here to download our Frequently Asked Questions .pdf