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The 31st Rescue Squadron is part of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan. It trains, equips and employs combat-ready pararescue specialists.

31st Rescue Squadron
HH-3E 31st ARRS with BQM-34 1984.JPEG
31st Aerospace Rescue & Recovery Squadron HH-3E retrieving a Firebee drone in 1984
Active1952-1960; 1963-1975; 1981-2001; 2003–present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleSearch and Rescue
Part ofPacific Air Forces
Garrison/HQKadena Air Base
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation[1]
31st Rescue Squadron emblem (approved 15 September 1993)[1]31st Rescue Squadron.jpg



The 31st Rescue Squadron was constituted as the 31st Air Rescue Squadron on 17 October 1952. They made combat rescues in Southeast Asia, 1965–1966 and also operated the Joint Rescue Coordination Center for Thirteenth Air Force, Apr 1967-July 1975. They took part in disaster relief missions in the Philippines between 16–31 July 1990. As a USAF Special Operations Squadron the 31st was forward deployed at Osan Air Base, Korea from 1992-2001, while its headquarters at the 353d Special Operations Group was stationed at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. Inactivated for a couple of years, in 2003 the squadron was redesignated the 31st Rescue Squadron under the 18th Wing and stationed at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.


  • Constituted as the 31st Air Rescue Squadron on 17 October 1952
Activated on 14 November 1952
Discontinued on 18 September 1960
  • Organized on 8 July 1963
Redesignated 31st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron on 8 January 1966
Inactivated on 1 July 1975
  • Activated on 8 January 1981
Redesignated 31st Special Operations Squadron on 6 April 1989
Inactivated on 31 August 2001
  • Redesignated 31st Rescue Squadron on 16 May 2003
Activated on 31 July 2003[1]


  • 2d Air Rescue Group, 14 November 1952
  • Air Rescue Service, 24 Jun 1958 – 18 September 1960
  • Air Rescue Service (later Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service), 8 July 1963 (attached to Pacific Air Rescue Center (later Pacific Aerospace Rescue and Recovery) Center, until 31 Mar 1967)
  • Pacific Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Center (later 41st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing), 1 April 1967 – 1 July 1975
  • 41st Rescue and Weather Reconnaissance Wing, 8 January 1981
  • 353d Special Operations Wing (later 353d Special Operations Group) 6 April 1989 – 31 August 2001
  • 18th Operations Group, 31 July 2003 – present[1]



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  1. ^ a b c d e f Robertson, Patsy (10 December 2007). "Factsheet 31 Rescue Squadron (PACAF)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 7 February 2017.

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