55TH ELECTRONIC COMBAT GROUP (55TH WING, ACC)
The 55th ECG provides combat-ready EC-130H Compass Call aircraft, crews, maintenance and operational support to combatant commanders. The group also plans and executes information operations, including information warfare and electronic attack, in support of theater campaign plans. Members of the 55th ECG conduct EC-130H aircrew initial qualification and difference training for 20 aircrew specialties and support operational and force development testing and evaluation for new aircraft systems.
41st, 42nd and 43rd Electronic Combat Squadrons
The 41st Electronic Combat Squadron was activated at D-M in July 1980. The 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron was activated at D-M on April 1, 1992.
Accomplishing the Compass Call mission, both squadrons provide vital capabilities in electronic warfare for the Air Force and are poised for immediate deployment to specific theater contingencies. The unit’s combat mission is to support tactical air, ground and naval operations by confusing the enemy’s defenses and disrupting its command and control capabilities. However, they each have different areas of responsibility.
Both squadrons operate the EC-130H aircraft, a specially configured version of the Air Force’s proven C-130 transport.
To execute its unique missions, the aircraft were modified with electronic countermeasures systems, specialized jamming equipment and the capability to aerial refuel, as well as upgraded engines and avionics.
Since coming to D-M, the 41st and 43rd have played a vital role during several successful contingency and combat operations. These include operations Southern Watch, Just Cause, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Uphold Democracy, Deny Flight, Vigilant Warrior, Provide Comfort, Decisive Edge, Deliberate Force, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel.
The 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron was reactivated March 10, 2006, as the Air Force’s only EC-130H Compass Call formal training unit, and it’s been flying training sorties at D-M since July 2007. The 42nd conducts initial academic and flying training for 13 crew positions and 200 students annually, while managing 22 major command syllabi.
THE 943RD RESCUE GROUP (AIR FORCE RESERVE COMMAND)
The 943rd RQG was officially reactivated in the Air Force Reserve on Feb. 12, 2005, at D-M. The group inherited an illustrious lineage beginning in 1962 with the establishment of the 943rd Airlift Group, originally a troop carrier group, and has gone through many activations, redesignations and periods of inactivation since its inception.
The mission of the 943rd RQG is to provide leadership, management, policy formulation, planning and standardization for operations, training and support of the Air Force Reserve Command’s rescue assets. The group is equipped with HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters to support worldwide combat rescue operations.
As an Air Force Reserve Command unit, the 943rd RQG is under the control of the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, and is the only Reserve rescue unit in the southwestern United States. Upon mobilization, the 943rd RQG would come under the control of Air Combat Command.
309TH AEROSPACE MAINTENANCE AND REGENERATION GROUP
The 309th AMARG is a modern, specialized facility within the Air Force Materiel Command structure providing a broad range of aerospace maintenance and regeneration support services to the Department of Defense’s joint, allied and coalition warfighters.
The group traces its heritage to 1946 when the 4105th Army Air Force Base Unit was established to store and manage vast numbers of surplus World War II aircraft.
New capabilities define the organization and its future. The group, now aligned under the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is a major industrial organization occupying 2,600 acres (4 square miles), managing an inventory of approximately 4,000 aircraft and more than 650,000 line items of production tooling.
In addition to the historic storage and disposition mission, the facility’s highly skilled workforce regenerates aircraft, returning them to flying status or preparing them for overland shipment. The AMARG team also reclaims hundreds of millions of dollars worth of parts to support global warfighting operations.
Although the organization’s primary customer is the Department of Defense, additional workloads come from other national, regional and local government agencies, as well as foreign allies.
Four squadrons — the 576th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Squadron, the 577th Commodities and Reclamation Squadron, the 578th Storage and Disposal Squadron and the 309th Support Squadron — conduct AMARG’s core industrial operations with three consolidated support agencies: the Quality Assurance and Process Improvement Division, the Business Operations Division and Environmental Safety and Health.
The 309th AMARG provides a critical capability among Air Force Material Command war-winning organizations. The group will continue to embrace new and innovative techniques necessary to best serve the Air Force and joint, allied and coalition partners well into the future.
576th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Squadron
The 576th AMRS performs unparalleled regeneration and specialized aircraft repair. Activities include participation in A-10 aircraft modification programs; F-16 regeneration for Air Combat Command and U.S. Navy Full-Scale Aerial Target or drone programs; and the regeneration of U.S. Coast Guard C-27J aircraft and various other aircraft for both the U.S. military and our nation’s allies.
577th Commodities and Reclamation Squadron
The 577th CMRS removes, inspects, repairs and delivers aircraft parts and subassemblies in support of U.S. and foreign allied contingency and training efforts.
578th Storage and Disposal Squadron
The 578th SDS prepares aircraft for short- and long-term storage and maintains them while in storage. These comprehensive preservation and maintenance practices have safeguarded tens of billions of dollars in aerospace assets and made possible the subsequent reactivation of many of these weapon systems. The squadron’s Disposal Flight administers the receipt and accountability for all aerospace vehicles located at 309th AMARG that have been declared excess to weapons systems program requirements.
214TH RECONNAISSANCE GROUP (ARIZONA ANG)
The 214th Reconnaissance Group flies the MQ-1B Predator via satellite from ground control stations in Tucson. Arizona Air Guardsmen fly 24/7 operations saving American lives through the vital information they provide to troops on the ground.
The MQ-1 Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft. The MQ-1’s primary mission is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical, perishable targets.
924TH FIGHTER GROUP (AIR FORCE RESERVE COMMAND)
The 924th FG produces mission-ready A-10C attack pilots through a Total Force Enterprise active and classic association with the 355th Fighter Wing. The group is comprised of the 47th Fighter Squadron, the 924th Maintenance Squadron and the 924th Operations Support Flight.
The 924th FG was established in 1962 as the 924th Troop Carrier Group under Continental Air Command, flying C-119 Flying Boxcars. In 1963, the unit transferred to Tactical Air Command and from 1963 to 1967, the 924th flew experimental drop missions for NASA. In 1967, the 924th retired their C-119 aircraft and began flying the C-130 Hercules. The 924th was mobilized during the Vietnam War, flying over 120 missions to Southeast Asia. In 1974, the unit transferred to Military Airlift Command and moved from Ellington Air Force Base to Bergstrom Air Force Base and upgraded to C-130B aircraft.
In 1981, the 924th transferred back to Tactical Air Command and realigned as the 924th Fighter Group, converting to the F-4 Phantom II. The unit flew the F-4 until it was retired from the Air Force in 1991, at which point the unit converted to the F-16 Fighting Falcon. As part of the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, the 924th was deactivated in September 1996 and its aircraft were reassigned.
The unit was reactivated at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base as the 924th Fighter Group in January 2011 as an A-10 formal training unit. The 924 FG is a geographically separated unit of the 944th Fighter Wing (Luke Air Force Base). The 924 FG is one of four unit equipped fighter units in 10th Air Force and the only unit equipped fighter formal training unit in AFRC. The 924 FG maintains all A-10 test aircraft for the Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Command Test Center with two assigned and two attached test aircraft.
25TH OPERATIONAL WEATHER SQUADRON
The 25th OWS provides accurate, timely and relevant weather analyses, forecasts, warnings and briefings to Air Force, Army, National Guard, Reserve and combatant command forces operating in the Western Hemisphere. Additionally, the 25th OWS produces aviation hazard forecasts for flight levels above 18,000 feet and all synoptic analysis across the entire U.S. Northern Command area of responsibility. Finally, as a key component of the Air Force Weather Weapon System, the 25th OWS provides initial qualification and upgrade training for weather forecaster apprentices and weather officer accessions.
DETACHMENT 3, ACC TRAINING SUPPORT SQUADRON
Detachment 3 is one of 13 operations training development detachments located throughout Air Combat Command. Detachment 3 was established Oct. 1, 1991, as a major command special activity when control for operations training development reverted from tactical training wings to Headquarters, Tactical Air Command. Approximately 21 people are assigned to Detachment 3. Represented specialties include A-10 instructor pilots and EC-130H Compass Call subject matter advisers for mission and flight crew positions; education, training and instructional systems development specialists; editorial experts; and computer resource management specialists;
The mission of Detachment 3 is to develop, manage and maintain all formal training syllabi and supporting courseware for the A-10 and EC-130H Compass Call weapon systems assigned to Davis-Monthan. The unit establishes and validates training requirements, assists in the acquisition of training equipment and oversees the development of academic course material in response to the weapon systems needs. Detachment 3 provides Contracted Aircrew Training and Courseware Development contract expertise and performs quality assurance functions on contracts valued at more than $20 million.
162ND WING, ARIZONA ANG (TOTAL FORCE TRAINING CENTER AND OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE)
The Total Force Training Center is a National Guard Bureau program at Davis-Monthan supported through the 162nd Wing. It was established in 1975 as a winter deployment site for northern-tier Air National Guard flying units, enabling 16 squadrons to deploy for two weeks of training between October and May each year. It now operates year-round, supporting Air National Guard units that are preparing for worldwide deployment.
Located on 4 acres of property adjacent to the north ramp, the compound consists of four buildings: Snowbird Operations, the maintenance control complex and two support facilities. The operation also provides overflow aircraft support to D-M as well as to the Navy, Marine Corps, Army National Guard and U.S. allies.
Additionally, the 162nd supports Operation Noble Eagle with the Western Air Defense F-16s that stand alert 24/7 to respond in support of homeland defense. These Airmen and F-16s scramble at a moment’s notice to ensure aerospace control over more than 225,000 square miles in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.
372ND TRAINING SQUADRON, DETACHMENT 11 (AETC)
The 372nd TRS, Detachment 11 has 40 personnel teaching 68 courses that provide mission-essential maintenance training across 12 career fields, supporting six major commands. Detachment 11 provides training for the A-10/OA-10, EC-130, HH-60, F-16 and aerospace ground equipment at units locally and throughout the contiguous U.S. It manages the U.S. Air Force’s only A-10 Mission Ready Airman School that provides initial skills training for more than 200 crew chiefs every year.
It also manages the U.S. Air Force’s only CONUS/PACAF miniature/micro repair (2M) and circuit card repair training facility.
Both general and advanced technical aircraft maintenance courses are offered. The unit’s facility houses hydraulics, egress, jet engines, weapons, avionics and aerospace ground maintenance equipment. Avionics systems support includes instruction on communications, navigation, instrumentation, automatic flight control, electronic warfare and weapons control systems. Other specialized training includes hydraulics, electric environmental, engines and armament systems instruction. Detachment 11 also teaches the A-10 Mission Ready Airman School. Every A-10 crew chief, en route to their first duty station, receives in-depth, hands-on technical training. Upon completion of the class, students are certified in all basic tasks that are required to inspect, launch, recover and service an A-10 aircraft. All of the courses provide undergraduate civilian college credit through the Community College of the Air Force.
AIR FORCE OFFICE OF SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS
AFOSI was established in 1949 as a separate operating agency under the staff supervision of the inspector general. AFOSI is the primary U.S. Air Force investigative agency for major crimes.
The scope of AFOSI’s mission has evolved significantly. Today, the AFOSI mission includes such diverse investigative areas as criminal investigations, counterespionage, counterintelligence, antiterrorism, technical and forensic support, fraud and environmental crimes, and protective services operations.
AFOSI Detachment 217 falls under the operational control of its headquarters at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, and is tasked with the responsibility of providing the full range of AFOSI investigative support to the 355th Fighter Wing, Headquarters 12th Air Force, and other Air Force and DOD entities and activities.
CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, OFFICE OF AIR AND MARINE
Since January 2006, U.S. Customs and Border Protection under the Department of Homeland Security has staffed and equipped an elite aviation and border security component at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The Tucson Air Branch is the largest and one of the busiest field branches in the Office of Air and Marine and patrols 262 miles of the U.S. border with Mexico from the New Mexico state line to Yuma County. OAM applies advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities to preserve America’s border security interests. With 1,200 federal agents, 267 aircraft and 283 marine vessels operating from 91 locations, OAM uses its sophisticated fleets to detect, sort, intercept, track and apprehend criminals in diverse environments at and beyond the U.S. border.
HUMINT TRAINING — JOINT CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, DAVIS-MONTHAN CAMPUS
HT-JCOE is a Department of Defense training organization, headquartered at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. HT-JCOE is committed to building the best and most efficiently educated and trained professional HUMINT (human intelligence) warfighters in the world. HT-JCOE provides these men and women with the confidence and skills to operate anywhere under any conditions. HT-JCOE has become the home of training for the defense HUMINT enterprise, and HT-JCOE recognizes the complex operational environment the U.S. and its allies operate in today and the operational environments in which they will operate in the future. Curriculum throughout the institution will educate to a joint standard, be current, relevant and ever-evolving. HT-JCOE’s charge is to produce HUMINT professionals that are flexible and dynamic, capable of rapidly adapting to the unpredictable operational environments in which they routinely serve and are necessary to preserve the American way of life.
Source Operations Course
The SOC, Davis-Monthan Campus, is one of two campuses that facilitate the joint training and certification for personnel selected to attend the Source Operations Course. It provides fully trained and educated HUMINT professionals, focused on full-spectrum global operations, conventional, asymmetric, and irregular in JOA and non-JOA environments to the defense HUMINT enterprise.
DEFENSE INVESTIGATIVE SERVICE
The Tucson Resident Agency of the Defense Investigative Service is at 5285 E. Madera St. DIS conducts personnel security investigations on military members, Department of Defense civilians and employees of defense contractors to determine their suitability for access to classified defense information and other investigations as assigned by the secretary of defense.
The DIS is responsible for the implementation of the Defense Industrial Security program. This involves conducting inspections and administrative inquiries at DOD contractors’ facilities that handle classified defense contracts.
NAVAL SUPPLY SYSTEMS COMMAND, WEAPON SYSTEMS SUPPORT
An unusual tenant on D-M is the NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Detachment, Field Support Office, better known as the Navy FSO. Shortly after World War II, a storage area was established for Navy and Marine aircraft at Naval Air Facility Litchfield Park in Phoenix.
When aircraft storage for all services was consolidated here in 1965, the Navy’s Field Support Office was moved from NAF Litchfield Park. The FSO is part of the NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, Industrial Support Department, Philadelphia. The FSO represents Navy and Marine functions, serving as the liaison and coordinator for the storage, withdrawal, maintenance, reclamation and disposal workload of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, engines and special production tooling and Navy foreign military sales cases.
RADAR APPROACH CONTROL (FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION)
The Federal Aviation Administration’s Tucson Terminal Radar Approach Control is a tenant on D-M. TRACON personnel use five area surveillance radar scopes. They are responsible for separating aircraft flying under instrument flight rules within the Tucson area’s Class C airspace, at 17,000 feet mean sea level and below. These services include traffic advisories and safety alerts.
Air Force controllers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing operate two precision approach radar scopes. They provide navigational guidance to aircraft on final approach to D-M.