301st Rescue Squadron

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301st Rescue Squadron
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301st Rescue Squadron Patch
Active 18 August 1956 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Search and Rescue
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
10th Air Force
920th Rescue Wing
920th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Patrick Air Force Base
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA

The 301st Rescue Squadron (301 RQS) is part of the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. It operates HH-60 Pave Hawk aircraft conducting search and rescue missions.



The 301st has trained for combat search and rescue (CSAR) capability since its inception. It has performed search and rescue and medical evacuation missions primarily over land areas of and water areas off Florida. Between 1979 and 1997 the squadron also had helicopter air refueling capability. It has provided rescue coverage for space shuttle launches since 1981, and launch support at the Eastern Test Range since 1993. The 301st deployed crews to provide SAR coverage worldwide, including to Keflavík, Iceland, during and after the Gulf War, and to the Persian Gulf area since 1993.[1]



  • 301st Air Rescue Squadron (1956–1966)
  • 301st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (1967–1990)
  • 301st Air Rescue Squadron (1990–1992)
  • 301st Rescue Squadron (1992–Present)


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