The 355th Operations Group consists of four squadrons and more than 300 personnel employing 55 A-10 aircraft. It provides warfighters with forces for close air support, air interdiction, forward air control, and combat search and rescue. It also manages base operations and conducts all formal course directed aircraft initial qualification and requalification training.
355TH OPERATIONS SUPPORT SQUADRON
The 355th Operations Support Squadron supports 355th Fighter Wing combat missions tasked by the president, the secretary of defense and the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. The squadron directs operational support functions including airfield, air traffic control, weather services, weapons and tactics, plans and exercises, and intelligence for an operations group with two A-10C squadrons. It also provides aviation support for nine other flying units on base and develops flying schedules for 14,000 sorties per year.
355TH TRAINING SQUADRON
The 355th Training Squadron conducts and maintains academic, flying and device training for A-10C aircraft, meeting Air Force training requirements for more than 245 upgrade pilots and A-10C conversion pilots annually. It manages and assists development and approval of all aspects of ACC A-10 syllabi. The squadron also operates more than $11 million of advanced fighter aircraft simulators and provides quality assurance for aircrew training contracts valued at more than $5.7 million.
354TH FIGHTER SQUADRON
The 354th Fighter Squadron maintains combat-ready posture for worldwide deployment of A-10C aircraft to deliver attack airpower for the defense of the U.S. and its global interests. It employs precision engagement to conduct day and night close air support, air interdiction, forward air control, and combat search and rescue, and integrates with special operations in support of U.S. national objectives.
357TH AND 47TH FIGHTER SQUADRONS
The active-duty 357th “Dragons” and Air Force Reserve’s 47th “Termites” train pilots in the A-10 Thunderbolt II. They conduct all formal course directed aircraft transition, day and night weapons and tactics employment, day and night air refueling, and dissimilar air combat maneuvers. The squadrons train pilots to plan, coordinate, execute and control day and night close air support, air interdiction, and battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance. They also prepare pilots for combat