The mission of the 308th is to train and maintain the Air Forces only dedicated rescue capability for Department of Defense personnel, in support of Combatant Commander’s wartime objectives as well as peacetime humanitarian and disaster relief activities. They can provide this capability under the harshest of circumstances to include, day/night, inclement weather and all terrain rescue conditions.
The squadron consists of Combat Rescue Officers (CRO), Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) and Pararescuemen (PJ) which is also known as Guardian Angel. While many candidates enter the 920th from the active duty Air Force, others are accessed directly into the Air Force Reserve. All candidates must pass a physical assessment test which has about 15% success rate.
The 308th trained for combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) capability from its inception. The 308th was activated in the Reserve on 12 February 2005. Since 2005, personnel from the 308th RQS have deployed in support of numerous operations to include Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In August 2017, the squadron was deployed to Texas after Hurricane Harvey devastated the "Lone Star State". The 308th was credited in saving dozens of lives from flooded areas in the state.
Constituted as the 308th Rescue Squadron on 13 January 2005
Activated in the reserve on 12 February 2005
920th Operations Group, 12 February 2005 – present
Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, 12 February 2005 – present
Beret Flown in Space for Retiring PJ Chief
Monumental PJ Honored at Ceremony
Reserve Airmen Join in search for Airman in Gulf
General Presents Two Bronze Stars to 308th Airman
Airmen Prepare for Human Spaceflight
PJ's Train UF Swim Team
Airmen Honored with Valor Awards
If you're interested in becoming an Air Force Reserve Pararescumen, contact one of the following recruiters:
304th Rescue Squadron
Portland, OR 97266
Commercial: (503) 772-8070
306th Rescue Squadron
Tucson, AZ 85712
Commercial: (520) 298-2322
308th Rescue Squadron
Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. 32925
Commercial: (321) 494-1962