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33d Rescue Squadron
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33d Rescue Squadron Patch
Active 14 November 1952 – 18 March 1960
18 June 1961 – 1 October 1970
1 July 1971 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Search and Rescue
Part of Pacific Air Forces
5th Air Force
18th Wing
18th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Kadena Air Base
Motto(s) That Others May Live
Decorations Meritorious Unit Commendation.jpg Navy MUC
Air Force Meritorious Unit ribbon.svg AFMUA
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm

33d Rescue Squadron HH-60 Blackhawk

The 33d Rescue Squadron (33 RQS) is part of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan. It operates HH-60 Pave Hawk aircraft conducting search and rescue missions.

Mission[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The 33d has performed search, rescue, and recovery missions from 1952–1960, 1961–1970, and since 1971. The squadron flew missions in support of the Vietnam War from 1965–1967. The 33d supported operations following the seizure of the USS Pueblo by North Korea between 29 January and 16 September 1968 and aided search efforts and salvage operations from September–October 1983, after a Soviet fighter aircraft shot down South Korean airliner KAL 007.[1]

Operations[1][edit | edit source]

Operation Enduring Freedom- Multiple deployments from 2005–present

Significant Awards[edit | edit source]

Lineage[1][edit | edit source]

  • 33d Air Rescue Squadron (1952–1965)
  • 33d Air Recovery Squadron (1965–1966)
  • 33d Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (1966–1989)
  • 33d Air Rescue Squadron (1989–1993)
  • 33d Rescue Squadron (1993 – present)

Assignments[1][edit | edit source]

  • 2d Air Rescue Group (1952–1955)
  • 3d Air Rescue Group (1955–1957)
  • 2d Air Rescue Group (1957–1958)
  • Air Rescue Service (1958–1960)
    • Attached: Pacific Air Forces (24 January 1958 – 17 March 1959)
    • Attached: Detachment 2, Air Rescue Service (Pacific Recovery Operations Center) (18 March 1959 – 18 March 1960)

  • Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service (1961–1967)
    • Attached: Detachment 1, Air Rescue Service (Pacific Recovery Operations Center) (18 June – 8 October 1961)
    • Attached: Pacific Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Center (8 October 1961 – 31 March 1967)
  • 41st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing (1967–1970)
  • 41st Rescue and Weather Reconnaissance Wing (1971–1989)
  • Air Rescue Service (1989–1993)
  • 18th Wing (1993 – present)

Bases stationed[1][edit | edit source]

Aircraft operated[edit | edit source]

An MC-130P refuels a 33d Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk assisting earthquake relief in Japan.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Factsheets: 33 Rescue Squadron
  2. Kalish, Brian, "33rd Rescue Squadron earns MacKay Trophy", Military Times, 1 June 2010.
  3. National Aeronautics Association, "[1]"

External links[edit | edit source]


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