Based at Patrick Space Force Base, Florida, the 920th Rescue Wing is the only Air Force Reserve Command wing that trains and equips Airmen to carry out its mission to plan, lead and conduct military rescue operations and missions to deny competitors and adversaries exploitation of isolated personnel. Air Force rescue is the only DoD entity specifically organized, trained and equipped to conduct personnel recovery operations into hostile or denied areas as a primary mission.
The 920th Rescue Wing is comprised of 28 subordinate groups and squadrons, including three geographically separated units; the 943d Rescue Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, the 304th Rescue Squadron in Portland, Oregon, and the 920th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
The wing is responsible for a demanding and compelling array of missions, and the men and women who serve here must maintain a high level of proficiency and be ready to deploy at moment’s notice. The unit’s peacetime missions include search-and-rescue support for civilians in distress at sea, in the desert or upon mountains. The wing also provides worldwide humanitarian relief, supporting rescue efforts in the aftermath of disasters such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.
With over 35 deployments and mobilizations since 1990, the men and women that comprise the wing have more than 4,000 saves. The wing has been mobilized for the Gulf War and operations including Southern Watch, Provide Comfort, Northern Watch, Allied Force, Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.
The Rescue Wing has also been a mainstay in humanitarian relief, rescuing 137 South Florida residents in the days following Hurricane Andrew (1992); saving 93 elderly residents from rising flood waters at a Tampa-area retirement community (1993); rescuing more than 200 people after Hurricane Floyd (1999); pulling 1,043 people from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (2005); saving 17 lives from the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in Texas; Rescuing 235 victims of catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Southeast Texas (2017); saving more than 200 people after multiple avalanches hit the Salang Pass, the main route between northern Afghanistan and Kabul province; and as part of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, where Rescue Wing Airmen have been part of several successful search and rescues, as well as anti-pirate activity, through their ongoing deployments supporting Inherent Resolve, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and JTF-HOA through today.
Patrick SFB, Florida
920th Rescue Wing
920th Operations Group
39th Rescue Squadron
301st Rescue Squadron
308th Rescue Squadron
920th Operations Support Squadron
920th Maintenance Group
720th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
920th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
920th Maintenance Squadron
920th Mission Support Group
920th Communications Flight
920th Force Support Squadron
920th Logistics Readiness Squadron
920th Security Forces Squadron
920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron
Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
943d Rescue Group
305th Rescue Squadron
306th Rescue Squadron
943d Aerospace Medicine Squadron
943d Maintenance Squadron
943d Mission Support Flight
943d Operations Support Flight
943d Security Forces Squadron
Portland International Airport, Oregon
304th Rescue Squadron
JB Langley-Eustis, Virginia
920th Aerospace Medicine Squadron