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305th Rescue Squadron
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Active 8 February 1958 - 1 September 1992
1 October 1993 -
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Search and Rescue
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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.



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]



  • 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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