129th Rescue Wing

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The 129th Rescue Wing (129 RQW) is an Air National Guard combat search and rescue (CSAR) unit operationally gained by the Air Combat Command (ACC). The unit's history dates to April 1955, when it was activated as the 129th Air Resupply Group of the California Air National Guard. In 1975, the 129th transitioned to a new mission, air rescue, and was operationally gained within the U.S. Air Force by the then-Tactical Air Command (TAC). The 129th moved to Naval Air Station Moffett Field (now Moffett Federal Airfield), its current location, in May 1980. In 1992, the unit received its current designation as the "129th Rescue Wing."including the longest air-sea rescue, first combat save of ANG rescue service, over 200 combat saves, and more than 530 civilian saves. The 129th "starred" in The Perfect Storm supplying aircraft and aircrew in support of the film's production. The film includes the story of exceptional rescues by the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing.


Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the 129th Rescue Wing's mission is to train and prepare to perform its wartime mission of combat search and rescue anywhere in the world. The unit also works closely with the Coast Guard and various civil agencies on state missions. Equipped with MC-130P Combat Shadow variants of the...
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