563d Rescue Group

 

The 563d Rescue Group directs flying operations for one of only two active duty Air Force rescue groups dedicated to personnel recovery. The group is responsible for training, readiness, and maintenance of one HC-130 squadron and two HH-60 squadrons, two pararescue squadrons, two maintenance squadrons and an operations support squadron operating from two geographically separated operating locations. The group is a geographically-separated unit of the 23d Wing and is located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

563d Operations Support Squadron
The 563d Operations Support Squadron supports all aspects of the training and employment of the 563d Rescue Group's seven combat-ready HC-130, HH-60, pararescue and maintenance squadrons totaling 1,125 military and civilian personnel. It provides all operational support functions including weapons and tactics, current operations, intelligence, training, life support, mobility, and flying hour program management. As a worldwide deployable unit, it also is responsible for implementing contingency and theater war plans. 

48th Rescue Squadron
The 48th Rescue Squadron trains, equips and employs combat-ready pararescuemen, combat rescue officers and supporting personnel worldwide in support of U.S. national security interests. It provides survivor contact, treatment and extraction during combat rescue operations, uses various fixed and rotary wing insertion and extraction assets. It employs by any means available to provide combat and humanitarian search, rescue and medical assistance in all environments. 

55th Rescue Squadron
The 55th Rescue Squadron operates the HH-60G Pavehawk and provides rapidly deployable personnel recovery forces to theater commanders worldwide. They tactically employ the HH-60G helicopter and its crew in hostile environments to recover downed aircrew and isolated personnel during day, night or marginal weather conditions. The squadron also conducts military operations other than war including civil search and rescue, disaster relief, international aid, emergency medical evacuation and counter-drug activities. 

58th Rescue Squadron
The 48th Rescue Squadron trains, equips and employs combat-ready pararescuemen, combat rescue officers and supporting personnel worldwide in support of U.S. national security interests. It provides survivor contact, treatment and extraction during combat rescue operations, uses various fixed and rotary wing insertion and extraction assets. It employs by any means available to provide combat and humanitarian search, rescue and medical assistance in all environments. The squadron is located at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

66th Rescue Squadron
The 55th Rescue Squadron operates the HH-60G Pavehawk and provides rapidly deployable personnel recovery forces to theater commanders worldwide. They tactically employ the HH-60G helicopter and its crew in hostile environments to recover downed aircrew and isolated personnel during day, night or marginal weather conditions. The squadron also conducts military operations other than war including; civil search and rescue, disaster relief, international aid, emergency medical evacuation and counter-drug activities. The squadron is located at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

79th Rescue Squadron
The 79th Rescue Squadron operates the HC-130J Combat King II and provides rapidly deployable personnel recovery forces to theater commanders worldwide. It conducts helicopter air refueling, airdrop and airland of pararescue personnel and/or equipment in support of personnel recovery. Its crews are capable of landings on short, unimproved, runways and low-level operations during day or night with night vision goggles. 

563d Maintenance Squadron
The 563d Maintenance Squadron maintains, services, and inspects eight HH-60G Pave Hawk and six HC-130J Combat King II aircraft. It also plans, schedules, and directs both scheduled and unscheduled preventative maintenance to maintain mission ready status. The squadron performs all launch and recovery operations. It rapidly generates, mobilizes, deploys, and employs forces to provide combat and peacetime search and rescue