ADDITIONAL NOTES: completed airing its first season on 5/17/15; has yet to be renewed for a second season
DESCRIPTION: (from National Geographic Channel's press release, May 2014) Following the success of last year's hit series, Inside Combat Rescue, the National Geographic Channel (NGC) returns to the front lines of Afghanistan in Inside Combat Rescue: The Last Stand. This dramatic two-hour special, premiering on Sunday, June 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, offers a unique, firsthand perspective of the final stages of Operation Enduring Freedom through the eyes of the men and women on the ground and in the air, fighting to protect us. With remarkable access to the U.S. Air Force and the personnel stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, The Last Stand embeds with the "Reapers," an elite Air Force unit tasked with capturing or killing the highest-level Taliban targets who threaten the lives of the 36,000 people who call Bagram home. Then, we take to the skies once again with the pararescuemen (or PJs) of the 83rd Rescue Squadron. This time around, we'll follow a new group of PJs as they fly into hostile territory to rescue wounded comrades, coalition forces and Afghan citizens. From the uncertainty of surrounding a compound of a suspected weapons dealer with possible ties to the Taliban, to the nail-biting minutes as a convoy unknowingly approaches an IED, to the heartfelt confessions of an airman's concerns about returning home after a long, six-month deployment - the tension, suspense and raw emotion of each moment in Inside Combat Rescue: The Last Stand is all too real.