563 OSS Mission Spotlight
Published September 20, 2012
563D Operations Support Squadron
The 563D OSS was originally constituted as the 3D Station Complement Squadron under 3D Air Force, on 5 Apr 1943 and was activated on 10 Apr 1943. Following WWII it was disbanded on 15 Apr 1945 and later reconstituted and re-designated as the 563D Operations Support Squadron under the 23D Wing's 563D Rescue Group, on 29 Jul 2003. The Squadron was re-activated on 1 Oct 2003. Decorations the unit has received include Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 Jan 1944. Meritorious Unit Award: 1 Jun 2008 - 31May 2010. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Oct 2003 - 31 Oct 2004, 1 Nov 2004 - 31 Jul 2006, 1 Jun 2006 - 31 May 2008, and with valor device from 1 Jan 2010 – 31 Dec 2010.
In Omnia Paratus- "Prepared for all things"
The 563D OSS provides the world’s best operational integration and support to the Air Force’s premier Rescue Group by enabling mission accomplishment through exceptional intelligence, plans, scheduling, training, and aerial delivery support in a coordinated efforts to guarantee successful worldwide operations.
The 563D OSS is a diverse group of Rescue professionals who are well trained, lead and prepared to support full spectrum Personnel Recovery operations anywhere in the world.
The 563D Operations Support Squadron supports all aspects of the training and employment of the 563D Rescue Group's six combat-ready HC-130J, HH-60G, and Guardian Angel squadrons. The unit contains over 100 civilian and military personnel at Davis Monthan AFB, AZ as well as a 27 member geographically separated Operations Support Detachment at Nellis AFB, NV. It provides all operations support functions including weapons and tactics, current operations, intelligence, training, Aircrew Flight Equipment, SERE, medical support, aerial delivery, mobility, and flying hour program management. As a worldwide deployable unit, it also is responsible for implementing contingency and theater war plans.