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305th Rescue Squadron
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305th Rescue Squadron Patch
Active 8 February 1958 - 1 September 1992
1 October 1993 -
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Search and Rescue
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm

The 305th Rescue Squadron (305 RQS) is part of the 943rd Rescue Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, a subordinate command of the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. The squadron is geographically separated and operates from Davis-Monthan AFB. It operates HH-60 Pave Hawk aircraft conducting peacetime and combat search and rescue missions.

Mission[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The 305th trained for and performed search and rescue (SAR) operations primarily in the upper Midwestern United States from, 1958-1992. It deployed personnel worldwide to support active duty forces, including to the Far East following the USS Pueblo incident, January 1968-June 1969, and to Naval Air Station Keflavík, Iceland, during and after the Gulf War. The squadron maintained helicopter air refueling capability from, 1972-1992. It trained for combat search and rescue and performed SAR operations primarily in the Southwestern United States from, 1993-. The 305th also provided support in counterdrug operations to U.S. civilian agencies from, 1994-.[1]

Operations[edit | edit source]

Lineage[1][edit | edit source]

  • 305th Air Rescue Squadron (1958–1966)
  • 305th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (1967–1990)
  • 305th Air Rescue Squadron (1990–1992)
  • 305th Rescue Squadron (1992–Present)

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Aircraft Operated[2][edit | edit source]

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