12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern)
Headquarters 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, is responsible for two equally important missions. First, in the traditional numbered Air Force role as 12th Air Force, the organization reports to Air Combat Command to organize, train and equip U.S. Airmen to deploy in support of global military operations. Second, in the role of Air Forces Southern, the organization serves as the air component to U.S. Southern Command, responsible for providing air and space capabilities in support of U.S. military involvement and partnerships across Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
12TH AIR FORCE (AIR FORCES SOUTHERN) MISSION STATEMENT
Enable combat-ready forces for rapid global employment and receive, command and control, and employ joint air component assets to meet U.S. strategic objectives in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility, across the full spectrum of operations.
12TH AIR FORCE (AIR FORCES SOUTHERN) VISION
Provide vigorous capabilities for global operations and deliver air dominance to U.S. Southern Command.
12TH AIR FORCE OPERATIONS
The 12th Air Force is responsible for the readiness of nine active-duty wings and one direct reporting unit. These subordinate commands operate more than 600 aircraft with more than 55,000 uniformed and civilian Airmen. The command is also responsible for the operational readiness of 17 12th Air Force-gained wings and other units of the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. The units assigned to 12th Air Force are:
- 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas
- 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
- 49th Wing, Holloman AFB, New Mexico
- 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
- 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
- 388th Fighter Wing, Hill AFB, Utah
- 432nd Wing, Creech AFB, Nevada
- 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
- 557th Weather Wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
Direct Reporting Unit
- 820th Red Horse Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada — provides highly mobile and self-sufficient combat construction personnel capable of worldwide deployment in a moment’s notice.
12th Air Force-Gained Air National Guard Wings
- 114th Fighter Wing, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- 115th Fighter Wing, Madison, Wisconsin
- 119th Fighter Wing, Hector Field, Fargo, North Dakota
- 124th Wing, Boise, Idaho
- 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett, California
- 132nd Fighter Wing, Des Moines, Iowa
- 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa, Oklahoma
- 140th Wing, Buckley AFB, Colorado
- 147th Wing, Ellington Field, Houston
- 156th Airlift Wing, Carolina, Puerto Rico
- 159th Fighter Wing, New Orleans Joint Reserve Base, Louisiana
- 163rd Reconnaissance Wing, March Air Reserve Base, California
- 174th Fighter Wing, Hancock Field, Syracuse, New York
- 178th Fighter Wing, Springfield, Ohio
- 183rd Fighter Wing, Springfield, Illinois
- 188th Fighter Wing, Fort Smith, Arkansas
12th Air Force-Gained Air Force Reserve Wings
- 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas
- 419th Fighter Wing, Hill AFB, Utah
- 513th Air Control Group, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
- 924th Fighter Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
- 926th Group, Nellis AFB, Nevada
AIR FORCES SOUTHERN OPERATIONS
Air Forces Southern is the air component to U.S. Southern Command responsible for U.S. air and space operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Several organizations based at Davis-Monthan support the Air Forces Southern mission 24/7. Those organizations are:
612th Air Operations Center
The 612th AOC provides command and control of all air and space assets in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. To fulfill this task, the 612th AOC employs experts with backgrounds in intelligence, command and control, airlift, space and information operations. In addition, the 612th AOC staff develops strategy and plans for air and space operations in support of U.S. Southern Command.
612th Theater Operations Group/474th Air Expeditionary Group
The 612th TOG/474th AEG provides oversight and administrative support for Air Forces Southern’s forward operating locations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
612th Air Communication Squadron
The 612th ACOMS provides premier communications support and versatile, deployable communications capabilities to U.S. Southern Command.
612th Support Squadron
The 612th SPTS is comprised of the Forward Operating Locations Flight and the Operational Weather Flight. The organization supports counter-narcotic air operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean by providing financial, logistical, contracting and weather support to the 612th TOG/474th AEG units. The 612th SPTS also directly supports operations for the WC-130 “Hurricane Hunters” during the hurricane season.
1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment
The 1st BCD is comprised of U.S. Army field artillery, air defense artillery, intelligence, aviation, logistics and administrative personnel. The organization’s mission is to represent the joint task force and combined forces land component commander in the 612th AOC and provide ground liaison and reconnaissance detachments to designated U.S. Air Force units, in order to facilitate the synchronization of air and Army ground operations within the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility.
355th Fighter Wing
The 355th Fighter Wing falls under 12th Air Force, headquartered at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and Air Combat Command, headquartered at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.
The wing’s mission is to deploy, employ, support and sustain attack airpower in support of combatant commanders anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. The wing also trains the finest A-10 attack pilots to meet the Combat Air Forces, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve requirements, as well as provide every member of Team D-M with responsive, tailored, mission-focused base support.
Agencies falling under the auspices of the 355th Fighter Wing include the staff judge advocate, Manpower, the chaplain, public affairs, the historian, Military Equal Opportunity, safety and the treaty compliance office.
355th Operations Group
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
355th Maintenance Group
The 355th Maintenance Group supports the wing’s missions to meet contingency operations taskings, produce mission-ready pilots, execute the annual flying hour program and conduct readiness exercises. It ensures training and deployment readiness of more than 1,900 personnel and provides safe, reliable and quality on- and off-equipment maintenance of A-10, EC-130, HC-130 and HH-60 aircraft. The 355th MXG also enforces standards and compliance, ensures aircraft fleet health, directs sortie production and oversees maintenance operations. Finally, the 355th MXG, comprised of three squadrons (355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron and 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron), supports seven flying squadrons.
355TH AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE SQUADRON
The 355th AMXS generates all combat and training sorties in the 355th Fighter Wing and manages the efforts of 500 Airmen in 10 specialties maintaining A-10C attack aircraft. The squadron provides safe, properly configured aircraft to meet mission requirements for three squadrons. It also develops and executes a scheduled maintenance plan to maintain long-term fleet health and provides forces to support worldwide contingency taskings.
355TH COMPONENT MAINTENANCE SQUADRON
The 355th CMS supports the Combat Air Forces, 355th FW and 355th MXG with world-class, intermediate-level maintenance. The members of the 355th CMS comprise the accessories; avionics; test, measurement and diagnostic equipment; and propulsion flights. The squadron troubleshoots, repairs and maintains electronic warfare equipment, TF34 and T56 engines, A-10 aircrew egress systems, A-10, C-130 and HH-60 fuel systems and completes maintenance on aircraft accessory systems supporting seven flying squadrons comprised of A-10C, EC-130H, HC-130J and HH-60G combat and training aircraft. In addition, the Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory provides regional support for the calibration and repair of test, measurement and diagnostic equipment for 175 agencies including five forward-operating locations and five MAJCOMs. The 355th CMS provides combat-ready forces and equipment to combatant commanders worldwide.
355TH EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE SQUADRON
The 355th EMS is a unified team consisting of more than 700 Airmen working in 19 maintenance, munitions, supply and administrative Air Force specialties, divided among five flights: Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) Flight, Armament Flight, Fabrication (FAB) Flight, Maintenance Flight and Munitions (AMMO) Flight. The 355th EMS is dedicated to providing world-class maintenance and munitions support to Davis-Monthan’s 111 A-10, C-130 and HH-60 assigned aircraft, as well as all transient and tenant aircraft on base. The men and women assigned to Maintenance Flight perform A-10 phase and C-130 isochronal inspections, which are critical to flying hour programs for four operations groups. AGE personnel maintain more than 750 pieces of aerospace ground support equipment valued at $24.8 million. Armament Flight maintains all 30 mm GAU-8 gun systems and aircraft weapons release systems. FAB Flight provides nondestructive inspections on aircraft and their associated components. FAB Flight is also responsible for aircraft structural repairs and modifications, as well as corrosion control. AMMO Flight is the No. 1 munitions producer in Air Combat Command. It builds, stores, inspects, maintains and delivers more than 1 million munitions annually in support of seven flying squadrons.
355th Mission Support Group
The 355th MSG consists of about 1,700 military and civilian personnel in six diverse squadrons that train, equip and provide agile combat mission support, including civil engineering, communications, contracting, transportation, fuels, supply, deployment readiness, personnel, security forces and services for immediate worldwide deployment of combat support elements. The group also provides an effective in-garrison support infrastructure and quality-of-life services for 26 wing and 32 associate units spanning a 45,000-person, 10,530-acre community, one of the largest in Air Combat Command.
355TH CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON
The primary peacetime responsibility of the 355th CES is operating and maintaining D-M’s airfield, facilities and infrastructure in support of the flying mission. The 355th CES comprises a total force team of military, civilian and contractor professionals. In addition to its craftsmen and engineers, the squadron also has firefighters, explosive ordinance disposal technicians, environmentalists, and readiness and resources managers. Many of the large construction projects are done in close liaison with the Army Corps of Engineers.
The 355th CES trains the wing in chemical warfare defense and disaster preparedness while maintaining its own deployable teams to support the Air Expeditionary Force concept. The cooperation of on-base and local emergency services provides residents and workers at D-M with premier first-response capability in the event of any emergency.
355TH SECURITY FORCES SQUADRON
The men and women of the 355th SFS have one of the most diverse force protection missions in the Air Force. The D-M “Desert Defenders” provide worldwide force protection and security support, protecting local alert fighter operations, seven flying squadrons, eight tenant units from four major commands and more than 4,500 tactical and stored aircraft spread over 10,610 acres worth $32 billion (more than any other DOD agency). Additionally, they provide police services for the entire on-base populace and combat arms training for thousands of military personnel.
Unit members constantly deploy in support of humanitarian relief, multinational training and air base defense operations, averaging more than 100 troops per Air and Space Expeditionary Force cycle — more than any like-size security force squadron in Air Combat Command.
355TH COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON
The 355th CS is comprised of 126 personnel and provides 355th Fighter Wing, Headquarters 12th Air Force and tenant units’ command, control, communications and computer (C4) capability with fixed and deployable communications systems, official mail and knowledge-operations support. Additionally, it secures critical basewide information resources and exchanges. It also anticipates and responds to dynamic customer and mission needs.
The squadron is divided into three flights: the Command Support Flight, the Operations Flight and the Planning and Resources Flight. The Command Support Flight consists of the orderly room, quality assurance, unit training manager, official mail center and unit deployment manager. It also manages unit readiness, ensuring deployers are trained and equipped and arrive to their locations on time. The Operations Flight consists of cyber transport, cyber systems operations, knowledge operations, client systems and radio frequency transmission. The Operations Flight is responsible for maintaining base communications systems, base records management and base publishing. Planning and Resources Flight consists of cyber surety, unit deployment management, training and plans, programs and resources. This flight manages communication security accounts for the entire D-M community and several other sites around ACC. It also manages the architecture and integration of D-M’s C4 by identifying strategic short- and long-range communications plans, providing customer service interface for C4 requirements and implementing basewide C4 projects.
355TH FORCE SUPPORT SQUADRON
The 355th FSS is the largest organization within the mission support group. The squadron provides world-class human resources management (e.g., records, evaluations, promotions, classification, deployment operations, assignments, retirements and separations, and training), family support (e.g., relocations, financial and transition services), and professional and academic educational opportunities to more than 20,000 Airmen, retirees, family members and government civilians in the southern Arizona area.
The 355th FSS also offers a full range of military and community support programs for the D-M community. Programs such as the Education Services Center, dining facilities and fitness centers directly support the unit readiness mission by providing a physically and mentally fit force. Other FSS programs support overall military readiness and preparedness by providing for the basic needs of Air Force people in a hostile or contingency environment. Their community service programs support the family unit and contribute to individual social development and enjoyment. The family support and quality-of-life initiatives are vital to attracting and retaining a quality force. Visit the 355th FSS at www.dmforcesupport.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/355FSS.
355TH CONTRACTING SQUADRON
The 355th Contracting Squadron directs contracting programs in excess of $86 million annually for the acquisition and administration of commodities, services and construction requirements in support of the 355th Fighter Wing, Headquarters 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group and other associate units. The squadron manages one of the largest Government Purchase Card programs in Air Combat Command, valued at more than $16.8 million. It also assures high-quality and timely customer mission support consistent with federal acquisition regulations and public law for optimum mission execution. The squadron provides contingency contracting services in support of worldwide deployments and emergency operations.
355TH LOGISTICS READINESS SQUADRON
The 355th LRS directs all wing transportation, supply and logistics planning to support A-10, HC-130, EC-130 and HH-60 combat-ready aircraft. The squadron manages more than $404 million in supplies and equipment, maintains $42 million in vehicles and directs $49 million in fuels support. It generates deployment and reception planning and execution and manages personnel and equipment for operational taskings.
355th Medical Group
The mission of the 355th MDG is to ensure the Desert Lightning Team provides healthy combat forces, ready medics and trusted health care to all members the group serves. The group’s goal is to maintain combat medical readiness of the 355 Fighter Wing for global contingencies with an authorized staff of 395, a resource allocation exceeding $37 million and 21 mobility teams, including Expeditionary Medical Support teams. The 355th MDG strives to provide timely and comprehensive medical services, promote both health and wellness of more than 46,000 Department of Defense beneficiaries, and build a resilient community at Davis-Monthan.
355TH AEROSPACE MEDICINE SQUADRON
The 355th AMDS provides vital health services to foster a fit fighting force for the 355th Fighter Wing and associate units. It promotes preventive medicine programs to maintain maximum Air Force readiness, and monitors the environment and occupational work areas for hazards while supporting worldwide contingency operations.
355TH DENTAL SQUADRON
The 355th DS provides high-quality dental care to ensure the dental readiness of a fit force, ready to deploy and operate in any location, at any time.
355TH MEDICAL OPERATIONS SQUADRON
The 355th MDOS delivers health care to more than 18,000 active-duty, dependent and retiree TRICARE enrollees. The squadron supports warfighters and the military family by providing or arranging for world-class health care.
The clinic’s services include primary care, pediatrics, women’s health, allergy and immunizations, orthopedics, physical therapy, mental health, chiropractic (active duty only) and other limited specialty services. Its staff of nearly 170 people also delivers more than 125,000 outpatient visits per year.
355TH MEDICAL SUPPORT SQUADRON
The 355th MDSS plans and directs $23.5 million in resource acquisition and health services delivery (158,186 outpatient visits). The squadron provides group logistical and support activities for four operational squadrons with more than 400 members. The squadron also manages medical group financial and manpower programs, facilities, logistics, administrative support, information systems, managed care, ancillary services, staff education and training, and readiness. The squadron maintains a 193,000-square-foot facility, a vehicle fleet, a unit safety program, and equipment repair and maintenance.
755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
The 755th AMXS provides warfighting commanders with combat-ready EC-130H Compass Call aircraft to expeditiously execute information warfare and electronic attack operations. The squadron plans and executes all on-equipment maintenance actions for 14 EC-130H and one TC-130H aircraft, including launch and recovery, scheduled inspections, servicing and component replacement. It also conducts all maintenance training, aircrew debriefing and supply functions.
755TH OPERATIONS SUPPORT SQUADRON
The 755th OSS supports 55th Electronic Combat Group combat missions and contingency taskings. The squadron performs command and control warfare analysis, targeting and intelligence support and directs operational support functions, including weapons and tactics training for all U.S. Air Force EC-130H Compass Call aircrews. It also conducts initial academic and flying training for 20 crew positions and 200 students while managing 17 major command syllabi.
563rd Rescue Group
The 563rd RQG directs western U.S. flying operations dedicated to combat search and rescue for the 23rd Wing. The group deploys worldwide in support of secretary of defense taskings. The group is responsible for the training and readiness of one HC-130J squadron, two HH-60G squadrons, two Guardian Angel squadrons and one operational support squadron operating from two geographically separated operating locations. The group also coordinates and deploys with two maintenance squadrons that are assigned to the 23rd Maintenance Group.
563RD OPERATIONS SUPPORT SQUADRON
The 563rd OSS supports all aspects of training and employment of the 563rd Rescue Group’s combat-ready HC-130Js, HH-60Gs, Guardian Angel and maintenance squadrons. It provides all operational support functions including weapons and tactics, current operations, intelligence, training, life support, mobility and flying hour program management. It also implements contingency and theater war plans.
79th Rescue Squadron
The 79th RQS operates the HC-130J Combat King II and provides rapidly deployable combat search and rescue forces to combatant commanders worldwide. It conducts helicopter air refueling and airdrop and air-land of pararescue personnel and equipment in support of combat personnel recovery. Its crews are capable of landings on short, unimproved runways and low-level operations during day or night with night vision goggles.
48th Rescue Squadron
The 48th RQS trains, equips and employs combat-ready pararescuemen, combat rescue officers and supporting personnel worldwide in support of U.S. national security interests. It provides survivor contact, treatment and extraction during combat rescue operations, and uses various fixed and rotary wing insertion and extraction assets. It employs by any means available to provide combat and humanitarian search, rescue and medical assistance in all environments.
55th Rescue Squadron
The 55th RQS operates the HH-60G Pave Hawk and provides rapidly deployable combat search and rescue forces to theater commanders worldwide. It tactically employs the HH-60G helicopter and its crew in hostile environments to recover downed aircrew and isolated personnel during day, night or marginal weather conditions. The squadron also conducts military operations other than war, including disaster relief, counterdrug operations, and noncombatant or medical evacuation and provides close air support to assigned pararescue or ground forces.
923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
The 923rd AMXS maintains, services and inspects HH-60G Pave Hawk and HC-130J Combat King II aircraft. It also plans, schedules and directs both scheduled and unscheduled preventive maintenance for keeping its aircraft at mission-ready status. The squadron performs all launch and recovery operations. It rapidly generates, mobilizes, deploys and employs forces to provide combat and peacetime search and rescue operations.
68th Rescue Flight (Guardian Angel Formal Training Units)
The 68th RQF instructs and trains pararescuemen and combat rescue officers in advanced skill upgrades and proficiency training in order to meet combat capability requirements and integrate with joint combat forces in support of joint force commander and combatant commander taskings. This enables the community to provide Combat Air Forces with standardized capabilities and tactics and the complete spectrum of personnel recovery for multiple geographic combatant commanders.
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.