130th Rescue Squadron

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130th Rescue Squadron
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Members of the 5502nd U.S. Army Hospital, in Denver,, Colo., load a Soldier acting as a casualty onto a MC-130P cargo plane, flown by members of the California Air National Guard’s 130th Rescue Squadron,
Active 2003-Present
Country  United States
Allegiance  California
Branch US-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem.svg  Air National Guard
Type Squadron
Role Combat Rescue and Recovery
Part of California Air National Guard
Garrison/HQ Moffett Federal Airfield, Mountain View, California
Engagements Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom
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The 130th Rescue Squadron (130 RQS) is a unit of the California Air National Guard 129th Rescue Wing located at Moffett Federal Airfield, Mountain View, California. The 130th is equipped with the MC-130P Hercules Combat Shadow.


The 130th flies four MC-130P Hercules transports, a version of the C-130 specially modified for Special Operations missions and modified for probe-and-drogue aerial refueling and combat search-and-rescue missions. These aircraft extend the range of the wing’s HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters with an air refueling capability.

Established on 1 October 2003 by the Air Force Special Operations Command as part of a re-organization of Air National Guard rescue units which created separate squadrons for fixed-wing, helicopter and pararescue elements of the 129th Rescue Squadron. All three squadrons are assigned to the 129th Operations Group. The HH-60 helicopter flight became 129th Rescue Squadron; the HC-130P Hercules flight become the 130th Rescue Squadron, and the pararescue flight became the 131st Rescue Squadron.


When in a theater of combat, squadron members operate at the direction of the overall theater combatant commander and the theater's commander of air forces. In these situations, the 130th is primarily assigned to conduct personnel recovery operations—rescuing downed airmen or other isolated personnel from enemy territory, for example. In addition to combat search-and-rescue missions like these, the 130th may also conduct collateral missions: noncombatant evacuation operations, inter- and intra-theater airlift, and support of special operations forces, for example.

Back at home, the 130th Rescue Squadron furnishes trained personnel to respond to state emergencies, such as natural disasters, and to assist civil authorities in the enforcement of the law. Other 130th missions include non-combat search and rescue (SAR), emergency aeromedical evacuations, humanitarian relief, international aid, counter-drug activities, and support for NASA flight operations.

The 130th RQS has been assigned to support Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) in support of the Global War on Terrorism.


  • Designated 130th Rescue Squadron, and allotted to California ANG, 2003
Extended federal recognition and activated, 1 October 2003


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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