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Posted 5/4/2010 Printable Fact Sheet
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Based at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., the 920th Rescue Wing is an Air Force Reserve Command combat-search-and-rescue unit. Commanded by Col. Robert L. Dunn, the 920th trains and equips approximately 1,500 Airmen to search for, locate and recover U.S. Armed Forces personnel during military operations. 

In addition, the 920th also provides rescue support for all NASA space shuttle and rocket missions, including safety and security surveillance of the Eastern Range during all launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center. The unit's other peacetime missions are providing search and rescue support for civilians at sea who are lost or in distress, and providing humanitarian and disaster-relief operations.

The 920th Rescue Wing is comprised of 23 subordinate groups and squadrons, including two geographically-separated units--one at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., the other at Portland, Ore. The wing also provides worldwide humanitarian relief, supporting rescue efforts in the aftermath of disasters such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. The 920th is responsible for a demanding and compelling array of missions, and the men and women who work here must maintain a high level of proficiency and be ready to deploy at moment's notice. 


The 920th Rescue Wing, originally the 301st Rescue Squadron, was activated in 1956, becoming the Air Force Reserve's first rescue squadron. The unit was based at Miami International Airport and made its first rescue in January 1957. In 1960, the unit relocated to Homestead AFB. The following year, the 920th began a long relationship with NASA and the U.S. space program, providing rescue-contingency operations for the first Mercury launch. The wing mobilized to Afghanistan in 2005 for Operation Enduring Freedom, making 54 combat rescues, including Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who documented his ordeal in the best-selling novel, "Lone Survivor." The rescue wing has also been a mainstay in humanitarian relief, rescuing 137 South Florida residents during the 18 days following Hurricane Andrew (1992); saving 93 elderly residents from rising flood waters at their Tampa-area retirement community (1993); rescuing more than 200 people after Hurricane Floyd (1999) and pulling 1,043 people from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (2005). 

Quick Facts

Combat and civilian search and rescue, NASA launch support, humanitarian relief 
Assigned: 1,500 Airmen
Aircraft: Five HC-130P/N Hercules long-range refueling aircraft; one WC-130 weather-reconnaissance
aircraft; and fourteen HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters
Pararescuemen: Three squadrons of elite troops with high-level training in mountaineering, endurance swimming, survival & evasion techniques, special-operations weapons & tactics, demolitions and both combat and peacetime emergency medicine Refueling capacity: The HH-60G is the only military rescue helicopter capable of in-flight refueling, giving Air Force rescue crews a virtually unlimited range
Rescues: 1,916 lives saved since 1956, including 1,043 during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Motto: "These things we do, that others may live."

920th Rescue Wing, Public Affairs Office; 1225 Jupiter St., Suite 1-201; Patrick AFB, FL 32925; DSN 854-0536 or 321-494-0536. 

May 2010

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