The 563rd RQG directs western U.S. flying operations dedicated to combat search and rescue for the 23rd Wing. The group deploys worldwide in support of secretary of defense taskings. The group is responsible for the training and readiness of one HC-130J squadron, two HH-60G squadrons, two Guardian Angel squadrons and one operational support squadron operating from two geographically separated operating locations. The group also coordinates and deploys with two maintenance squadrons that are assigned to the 23rd Maintenance Group.
563RD OPERATIONS SUPPORT SQUADRON
The 563rd OSS supports all aspects of training and employment of the 563rd Rescue Group’s combat-ready HC-130Js, HH-60Gs, Guardian Angel and maintenance squadrons. It provides all operational support functions including weapons and tactics, current operations, intelligence, training, life support, mobility and flying hour program management. It also implements contingency and theater war plans.