48th Rescue Squadron

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48th Rescue Squadron
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48th Rescue Squadron Patch
Active 14 November 1952 – 7 February 1969
15 September 1972 – 1 August 1976
1 October 1985 – 31 December 1987
1 May 1993 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Search and Rescue
Part of Air Combat Command
23d Air Force
563d Rescue Group
Garrison/HQ Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Members of the 48th Rescue Squadron training in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season.
48 RQS personnel practice landing in a 'hot' Landing Zone

The 48th Rescue Squadron (48 RQS) is part of the 563d Rescue Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. PJs/CROs primarily fly onboard HH-60 Pave Hawk aircraft while conducting search and rescue missions.


The 48 RQS trains, equips, and employs combat-ready pararescuemen, combat rescue officers, and supporting personnel worldwide in support of U.S. national security interests. It provides survivor contact, treatment, and extraction during combat rescue operations, uses various fixed and rotary wing insertion and extraction assets. It employs by any means available to provide combat and humanitarian search, rescue, and medical assistance in all environments.


The 48th flew search, rescue, and recovery, mostly over water from, 1952–1969, 1972–1976, and 1985-1987. It supported USAF Survival School from, 1972–1976 and 1985-1987. Squadron personnel performed interdiction missions in support of South Florida Drug Interdiction Task Force from, 1985-1987. Since October 1993, the squadron has flown helicopters for combat rescue, water survival training, and drug interdiction missions.[1]



  • 48th Air Rescue Squadron (1952–1965)
  • 48th Air Recovery Squadron (1965–1966)
  • 48th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (1966–1967)
  • 48th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Training (1967–1972)
  • 48th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (1972–1993)
  • 48th Rescue Squadron (1993 – present)


Bases stationed[1][edit]

Aircraft Operated[1][edit]


48 RQS Pararescueman loads a simulated patient during an exercise


  1. ^ a b c d e AFHRA 48 RQS Page
  2. ^ Factsheets : 48 Rescue Squadron (AFSOC). Afhra.af.mil. Retrieved on 2011-10-31.


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