The mission of the 563d Rescue Group Operating Location-Alpha (OL-A) is to provide administrative oversight and operational support for two combat rescue squadrons, the 58th Rescue Squadron and 66th Rescue Squadron, one detachment, Det 1, 563d Operations Support Squadron, and one aircraft maintenance squadron, the 823d Maintenance Squadron, at Nellis Air Force Base. The OL-A manages scheduling, training, plans, maintenance quality assurance, logistics, safety and resource management functions and provides command and control for home station taskings.
The OL-A stood up operations on Oct. 1, 2003, when all United States Air Force combat Air Force rescue assets were realigned under Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). All Air Force combat rescue assets were realigned once again in 2006 under Air Combat Command (ACC). The OL-A serves as an operating location to the 563d Rescue Group located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, who is assigned under the 23d Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.
823d Maintenance Squadron
The mission of the 823d Maintenance Squadron is to maintain, service, and inspect HH-60G "Pave Hawk" aircraft. Plan, schedule, and direct both scheduled and unscheduled preventative maintenance to maintain mission ready status. Rapidly mobilize and deploy forces to provide combat and peacetime search and rescue operations in support of US national security interests. Provide logistical support for the USAF Weapons School and Det 1 of the 18th Flight Test Squadron.
The 823d Maintenance Squadron was activated on 10 April 2012 when the 763d Maintenance Squadron was deactivated. The former 763d Maintenance Squadron stood up operations on 1 Oct 2003 when all combat Air Force rescue assets were realigned under Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). In 2006, all AFSOC assets were realigned to come under Air Combat Command (ACC). The 823d MXS reports to the 563d Rescue Group located at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, who is assigned under the 23d Wing at Moody AFB, GA.
58th Rescue Squadron
The mission of the 58th Rescue Squadron is to organize, train, and equip a rescue force and combat support team that performs with courage and honor to deploy, employ to rescue anyone, anywhere, anytime, and redeploy. These Things We Do, That Others May Live to return with honor!
66th Rescue Squadron
The mission of the 66th Rescue Squadron is to provide rapidly deployable, expeditionary, and agile combat search and rescue (CSAR) forces to theater CINCs in response to contingency operations worldwide. The 66 RQS conducts peacetime search and rescue (SAR) in support of the National Search and Rescue Plan and the Air Warfare Center. They directly support HH-60G logistical and maintenance support requirements for the USAF Weapons School and Air Combat Command (ACC)-directed operational test missions.
For more information on the 66th Rescue Squadron, refer to the 66 RQS Fact Sheet.
Det 1, 563d Operations Support Squadron
Det 1, 563d Operations Support Squadron stood up on 5 June 2008. Their mission is to provide the world's best operational support to the Air Force's premier Rescue Group by enabling mission accomplishment through exceptional plans, scheduling, training, logistical support and Aircrew Flight Equipment in a coordinated effort to guarantee successful worldwide operations.
(Current as of June 2012)