58th Rescue Squadron

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58th Rescue Squadron
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58th Rescue Squadron Patch
Active 14 November 1952 – 18 September 1960
18 June 1961 – 15 February 1970
14 June 2002 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Search and Rescue
Part of Air Combat Command
Air Force Warfare Center
57th Wing
Garrison/HQ Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
Decorations Meritorious Unit Commendation.jpg Navy MUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Pararescuemen from the 58 RQS participate in an exercise at Nellis AFB.

The 58th Rescue Squadron (58 RQS) is one of only five active-duty Guardian Angel squadrons under the command of the 563d Rescue Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona but located at Operating Site Alpha, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.[1]


The 58th flew search and rescue in parts of the Middle East, Africa, Southwest Asia, and Southern Europe, especially at the El Uotia gunnery range in Libya from, 1952–1960 and 1961-1970. It also stood downrange alert during manned space missions, performed some overwater escort, and provided humanitarian assistance during natural disasters.[2]



  • 58th Air Rescue Squadron (1952–1966)
  • 58th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (1966–2002)
  • 58th Rescue Squadron (2001 – present)


Bases stationed[2][edit]

Aircraft Operated[2][edit]


Pararescuemen from the 58 RQS exercise recovering a downed pilot.



See also[edit]

Air Rescue Service