In the United States Air Force, a wing is a larger unit that is normally subordinate to a Numbered Air Force. Most USAF wings are commanded by a Colonel, but some are commanded by Brigadier Generals. USAF wings structured to fulfill a mission from a specific base, and contain a headquarters and four groups: an operations group, a maintenance group, a medical group and a mission support group. Such a wing is referred to as a Combat Wing Organization. The 129th Rescue Wing is comprised of the following Groups.


The 129th Rescue Wing Headquarters is comprised of the Command Section, Chaplain, Financial Management, Judge Advocate, Public Affairs, Military Equal Opportunity, Human Resource Advisor, Wing Inspector General, Wing Safety and Wing Plans. Each unique section provides products and services for the benefit of the entire Wing to assure the mission is being accomplished in an effective and efficient manner.

Maintenance Group

The primary mission of the 129th Maintenance Group is to provide 24/7 aircraft maintenance support of combat and peacetime search and rescue operations. 

Medical Group

The 129th Medical Group's primary mission is to provide bio environmental, public health, and medical support to monitor the health and wellness of the members of the 129th Rescue Wing. Ensuring our members are fit-to-fight makes our wing a valuable and viable asset to the California Air National Guard which integrates seamlessly with Expeditionary and Joint Forces.

Mission Support Group

The 129th Mission Support Group is the main support function for over 940 military personnel. The Mission Support Group consists of Security Forces Squadron, Civil Engineering Squadron, Logistics Readiness Squadron, Communications Flight, Mission Support Flight, Base Services Flight and the Base Contracting Office.

Operations Group

The 129th Operations Group is home to the 129th, 130th and 131st Rescue Squadrons and the 129th Operations Support Flight.  All directly support the combat search and rescue mission and daily flying missions in the HH-60G Pave Hawk and MC-130P Combat Shadow.

Counterdrug Task Force

The California National Guard Counterdrug Task Force conducts drug interdiction and drug demand reduction operations throughout the state in support of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations in response to the changing drug threat to reduce the demand for and supply of drugs in California. The 129th Rescue Wing's Counterdrug Task Force detachment, Team Hawk, utilizes the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, aircrew, pararescuemen and maintainers to support local law enforcement agencies in the eradication of illegal narcotics and the clean up of national forests environmentally damaged by marijuana production. 
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