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Francis Worldwide student part of rescue mission in Pacific

September 1, 2020 Tags: Francis Worldwide

SOS in stones

Photo taken by Senior Airman Jeremy Williams on Aug. 2, 2020, from a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker, shows the S.O.S. message that led rescuers to three men who were stranded on a small island near Guam.

Senior Airman Jeremy Williams, a Saint Francis University student who is earning his Organizational Leadership degree online through Francis Worldwide, is making international news.

Williams, was part of a five-member crew composed of Air National Guardsmen from Hawaii and Pennsylvania helped track down three mariners who got lost in the Federated States of Micronesia on Aug. 2, enabling their rescue a day later.

The U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, operating out of Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, was dispatched to try and locate the missing men. Williams, based out of the 171st Air Refueling Wing  in Southwestern Pennsylvania, was on board the flight.

After searching for three hours, the crew spotted three Micronesian men thanks to the SOS sign in the sand, shown in the photo taken by Williams. 

You can read the full story as covered by several news sources.

Tribune Democrat: 'SOS in the sand': Westmont graduate's photos helped lead to rescue 

CBS Pittsburgh: 2 Airmen From Pa.’s 171st Air Refueling Wing Help Spot SOS Sign On Beach 

AirForce Magazine: Air National Guardsmen Help Save Lost Mariners in Micronesia

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