131st Rescue Squadron

131st Rescue Squadron

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= 131st Rescue Squadron

caption= 131st Rescue Squadron Emblem
dates= 1956-Present
country= United States
branch= United States Air Force
type= Squadron
role= Combat Rescue
command_structure= Air National Guard/Air Mobility Command
garrison= Moffett Federal Airfield
battles=Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom

The 131st Rescue Squadron is a unit of the California Air National Guard. It currently flies the HH-60G Pavehawk and MC-130P Combat Shadow for its missions. Its parent unit is the 129th Rescue Wing.


The primary mission is to prepare for wartime taskings as specified by applicable gaining commands. The peacetime mission is under the control of the Governor of California. Upon mobilization, primary specified mission is combat search and rescue (CSAR). When directed by the California State Office of Emergency Services (OES) and/or the Department of Defense (DoD), the mission is to provide disaster relief support as required. This includes search and rescue (SAR) assistance to civil authorities, including International Civil Aeronautics Organization (ICAO) signatories, and foreign governments.

Federal Mission (United States Air Force): To provide manpower, material and equipment resources to conduct and complete combat search and rescue operations on a worldwide basis. To provide manpower, material and equipment to conduct and complete peacetime search operations.

State Mission (California Air National Guard): To furnish trained personnel to respond to state emergencies, such as natural disasters, and to assist civil authorities in the enforcement of the law.

The 131st has been assigned to support operation Iraqi Freedom as of 4/21/07, and is/has deployed to Iraq.



Major Command

*Air National Guard/Air Combat Command (1992-Present)
*Air National Guard/Tactical Air Command (1956-1992)
*Air National Guard/Continental Air Command (1956)

Previous DesignationsRogers, B. (2006). United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. ISBN 1-85780-197-0

*131st Rescue Squadron (1 October 1995-Present)
*131st Rescue Squadron, 16 March 1992
*131st Air Rescue Squadron, 1 October 1989
*131st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 3 May 1975
*131st Special Operations Squadron, 8 August 1968
*131st Air Commando Squadron, 1 July 1963
*131st Troop Carrier Squadron (Medium), 28 January 1962
*131st Troop Carrier Squadron, 1 November 1958
*Allocated to the National Guard Bureau (NGB), 3 April 1955
*131st Air Resupply Squadron, 3 April 1955

Bases Stationed

*Moffett Federal Airfield (1984-Present)
*Hayward Airport (1956-1984)

Aircraft operated

*MC-130P Combat Shadow (19??-Present)
*HH-60G Pave Hawk (1991-Present)
*HH-3E Jolly Green Giant (1975-1991)
*U-10D Super Courier (1968-1975)
*U-6A Beaver (1968-1975)
*Cessna U-3A (1968-1975)
*C-119 Flying Boxcar (1968-1975)
*SA-16 Albatross (1963-1968)


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