55th Rescue Squadron Mission Spotlight
Published September 20, 2012
55th Rescue Squadron
The 55th Air Rescue Squadron initially constituted on 17 October 1952 flying out of Greenland. The squadron eventually moved to Bermuda in 1960 supporting manned spaceflight recovery. In 1966 the squadron was re-designated as the 55th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron and moved to Eglin AFB in 1970. In March 1988, the squadron was again re-designated as 55th Special Operations Squadron and eventually moved to Hurlburt Field in 1993. The squadron was briefly deactivated in 1999 following actions in Serbia, but was once again reactivated on 14 March 2003 and re-designated as the 55th Rescue Squadron assigned to the 23rd Wing, but a tenant unit here at Davis-Monthan.
"These Things We Do, That Others May Live"
Rapidly deploy highly survivable Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) forces to theater commanders. Employs HH-60G and Pararescue forces in hostile threat environments during day, night, and marginal weather conditions. Conducts military operations other than war including disaster relief, counter drug operations, and non-combatant or medical evacuation. Provides close-air support to assigned Pararescue and ground forces.
The Personnel Recovery (PR) Vertical Lift force of choice, across the full spectrum of PR operations in support of Joint, Combined Service and Interagency operations.
Assigned to the 563rd Rescue Group, 23rd Wing and a tenant unit of the 355th Fighter Wing, the 55th Rescue Squadron (55 RQS) is an aviation unit of the United States Air Force. It operates the HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter and provides rapidly deployable combat search and rescue 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 55th Rescue Squadron has been repeatedly and consistently deployed since being reactivated in March 2003. During this time period, Airmen in the 55th have supported OEF, OIF, OUP, OJL, OIR and a myriad of stateside rescues, including evacuation support along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
Current as of October 2017