31st Special Operations Squadron Official History

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Lineage
Constituted as 31st Air Rescue Squadron on 17 Oct 1952. Activated on 14 Nov 1952. Discontinued on 18 Sep 1960. Organized on 8 Jul 1963. Redesignated 31st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron on 8 Jan 1966. Inactivated on 1 Jul 1975. Activated on 8 Jan 1981. Redesignated 31st Special Operations Squadron on 6 Apr 1989. Update – Unit inactivated in April 2001.

Assignments
2d Air Rescue Group, 14 Nov 1952; Air Rescue Service, 24 Jun 1958-18 Sep 1960. Air Rescue (later, Aerospace Rescue and Recovery) Service, 8 Jul 1963 (attached to Pacific Air Rescue [later, Pacific Aerospace Rescue and Recovery] Center, 8 Jul 1963-31 Mar 1967); Pacific Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Center (later, 41st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing), 1 Apr 1967-1 Jul 1975. 41st Rescue and Weather Reconnaissance Wing, 8 Jan 1981; 353d Special Operations Wing, (later, 353d Special Operations Group) 6 Apr 1989-.

Stations
Clark AB, Philippines, 14 Nov 1952
Naha AB, Okinawa, 12-18 Sep 1960
Clark AB, Philippines, 8 Jul 1963-1 Jul 1975
Clark AB, Philippines, 8 Jan 1981
Osan AB, South Korea, 31 Mar 1993-5 Apr 2001.

Aircraft
SA-16, 1952-1960
H-19, 1952-1955
SH-19, 1955-1960
HH-19, 1963-1964
HC-54, 1964-1965
HH-43, 1964-1970, 1971-1972
HC-97, 1965-1966
HC-130, 1966-1975
HH-3, 1968-1975
HH-3, 1981-1990
CH-3, 1981-1990
MH-53J, 1990-2001

Operations
Combat Rescue (Southeast Asia) 1965-1966
Operated Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) for 13th Air Force, Apr 1967-Jul 1975 Disaster Relief Missions ( Philippines) 16-31 Jul 1990

Honors
Service Streamers – None
Campaign Streamers – None
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers – None

Decorations
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat “V” Device
12 Feb-17 May 1975

Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards
1 Jul 1964-30 Jun 1966
1 Jul 1966-31 May 1968
1 Jun 1969-31 May 1971
1 Jun 1971-31 May 1973
1 Jun 1973-31 May 1975
17 Jul 1979-15 Jun 1981
1 Apr 1984-31 Mar 1986
1 Apr 1986-31 Mar 1988
6 Apr 1989-5 Apr 1991

Meritorious Unit Citation (Navy)
1 Jul 1967-26 Jul 1969

Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation
21 Jul-15 Aug 1972

Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
1 Apr 1966-17 Jan 1967

Emblem Significance
Argent (Silver Gray) a chess knight Sable, perched on a Brown demi-globe issuant from base between two pole stars Argent, all within a diminished bordure of the second.

Motto
BLACK KNIGHTS
Approved 15 Sep 93; replaced emblem approved 7 Aug 53 (K 6981)

John Grove Memorial

John Grove’s legacy lives on and not just in the PAVE LOW world. John helped fund Bless the Children, an international organization helping the poorest children of the world who are living under extreme conditions. He did this with his own retirement check! After his passing, several other caring PAVE guys stepped in to help out. In short, Bless The Children is looking for annual donations in order to provide a minimum of $2000 a month towards his memorial fund.

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