355th Mission Update

355th Fighter Wing

Mission: Deploy, employ, support and sustain attack airpower in support of combatant commanders anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice; train the finest attack pilots for the Combat Air Forces; provide every member of Team D-M with responsive, tailored, mission-focused base support.

Vision: A premier fighter wing comprised of resilient Airmen, armed with precise tools and training; powered by a culture of leadership and innovation; prepared to provide responsive combat airpower, which exceeds combatant command expectations for excellence.


Wing commander: Col. Scott Campbell

Vice commander: Col. Jennifer Short

Command chief: Chief Master Sgt. Jeremy Ravlin

People at Davis-Monthan    

Active-duty military         6,794

Reserve/Air National Guard            747

Dependents               5,991

Appropriated funds civilians                    1,612

Non-appropriated funds civilians 302

On-site contract civilians               294

Other civilians (DMAG, base

exchange, private businesses)                    868

Annual payroll

Active-duty         $387.3M

Reserve/ANG                       $31.7M

Appropriated funds civilians               $99.2M

Non-appropriated         $78.6M

355th FW Inspector General

Mission: Responsible to the commander for the quality, credibility, and effectiveness of the inquiries, complaints, and fraud, waste, and abuse programs at Davis-Monthan. The IG office investigates complaint allegations and makes recommendations for resolution. It coordinates with higher headquarters IG offices, secretary of the Air Force, legislative liaison, and Air Combat Command staff directorates to respond to high-level inquiries. It manages, monitors, and reports on the actions of audit, inspection, and investigation regarding Defense Hotline disclosures and acts as the wing liaison for all congressional inquiries.

355th FW Equal Opportunity

Mission: To improve mission effectiveness by promoting an environment free from personal, social or institutional barriers that prevent Air Force members from rising to the highest level of responsibility possible based on their individual merit, fitness and capability. EO ensures mission effectiveness by evaluating personnel programs, policies and procedures to ascertain if there are barriers that limit or restrict equitable employment opportunities for open competition in the workplace.

355th FW Plans, Programs and Inspections

Mission: Establishes wing objectives and directs planning, execution and reporting of operational readiness exercises, unit compliance evaluations and on and off base emergency management exercises. Develops, coordinates, publishes, and maintains all wing contingency, special, exercise and war operational plans. Coordinates site activation task forces, base support for visiting units, base realignment and closure issues, national airborne operations center reception and support and is the wing focal point for TBMCS issues and training. XP also manages the wing operation security program and the air expeditionary force reporting tool.

355th FW Command Post

Mission: The CP is the 24/7 operations center; the commander’s eyes and ears to the entire installation. The emergency actions cell monitors emergency response activity, base law enforcement, and responds to emergency action messages and readiness condition changes from higher headquarters. CP processes quick reaction checklists for local emergencies, command and control requirements, and conducts operational reporting. During higher states of readiness and in times of emergency, the command post is combined with the 355th FW battle staff and its support battle staff, fully activating D-M’s crisis response and management capability. It is CP’s duty to keep leaders up-to-date on information necessary to conduct the wing’s mission.

355th FW Public Affairs

Mission: To support the wing mission by providing trusted counsel to leaders, informing Airmen and the community, engagement through media, and to support the joint fight with a full spectrum of PA capabilities.

355th FW Legal

Mission: Provides legal assistance to eligible personnel and legal counsel to commanders on all matters affecting the installation and the mission, including such wide-ranging areas as military justice, administrative actions, ethics, operations law, environmental law, claims, contracts, civil law and labor law.

355th Comptroller Squadron

Mission: Secure resources to enable the full effects of combat power while providing superior financial services to the Davis-Monthan Desert Lightning Team — anytime, anywhere.

Description: The 355th CPTS is responsible for preparing, defending and executing the Desert Lighting Team’s $127 million annual budget. The comptroller is the wing’s chief financial officer and principle financial advisor to the wing’s senior leadership. The 355th Comptroller Squadron manages timely and accurate pay and travel services to more than 36,000 military, civilian and retired customers annually. The squadron directs the administrative duties for 18 wing staff agencies.

Slogan: Desert Lighting … Strikes!

355th Operations Group

Mission: Conduct initial qualification training to produce combat-ready forces qualified as A-10C pilots for theater commanders worldwide as directed by Air Combat Command. Train and equip a 21 PAA A-10C squadron that provides close-air support, forward air control-airborne, and combat search and rescue to theater commanders worldwide as directed by ACC.

Description: There are four squadrons and almost 300 personnel employing 55 A-10C aircraft and an AN/TPS-75 radar system. It manages base operations and conducts all formal course directed aircraft initial qualification and requalification training.

355th Operations Support Squadron

Mission: Supports the 355th Fighter Wing combat missions tasked by the president, the Secretary of Defense and the Chief of Joint Chiefs of Staff. The squadron also directs operational support functions including airfield, air traffic control and weather services, weapons and tactics, plans and exercises, intelligence and aircrew flight equipment for an operations group with three A-10C squadrons. The OSS provides aviation support for nine other flying units on base and develops flying schedules for more than 14,000 sorties per year.

Vision: Provides unmatched operational support to ensure seamless operations on Air Combat Command’s busiest single runway airfield.

Description: 145 military members and 11 civilians

Slogan: “Guide Those Who Fly”

Nickname: Firebird

355th Training Squadron

Mission: Train the world’s finest attack pilots.

Description: Conducts academic, specialized and electronic interactive training for A-10C student pilots, meeting Air Force training requirements for more than 180 pilots annually. The squadron executes and assists in development of Air Combat Command’s A-10C syllabi and operates $14 million of advanced fighter aircraft simulators. It also provides quality assurance for aircrew training contracts valued at more than $5.7 million.

Slogan: “Knowledge, Skill, Tactics”

History: The 355th Tactical Training Squadron activated Oct. 1, 1975, with the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing at D-M AFB.  The 355th TTS remained the sole training source of A-10 pilots until May of 1992, when it deactivated and A-10 student pilot training fell under the control of the 355th OSS. The 355th TRS reactivated in July 1996 and is responsible for the overall execution of all A-10C formal training courses.

354th Fighter Squadron

Mission: Prepare for, deploy and execute A-10C combat operations worldwide.

Vision: Be the world’s best fixed-wing combat search and rescue, forward air control and close-air support squadron.

Description: Combat ready A-10C Thunderbolt II squadron that deploys worldwide performing combat search and rescue, close air support, and forward air controller airborne missions.

Slogan: Attack!

History: Activated Nov. 12, 1942, and ordered reassigned at the end of 1970 when the wing was inactivated only to join the 355th Tactical Fighter wing at D-M AFB, where it activated again in July 1971. In May 1992, the squadron was under the 355th OG, then moved to McChord Air Force Base, Washington, on Jan. 5, 1993, but remained under the 355th OG. The squadron moved back to Davis-Monthan Oct. 1, 1994.

355th Maintenance Group

Mission: Support the 355th FW extensive flying hour program by performing on-and-off equipment maintenance operations for aerospace assets and control of all munitions. Utilize manpower, funds, equipment, and supplies to ensure mission accomplishment, and prepare forces to deploy in support of all contingencies.

Vision: Directs component repair, equipment maintenance, sortie production, and overall daily maintenance operations for 355th FW and associate units. The MXG supports eight flying squadrons comprised of approximately 80 A-10C, 15 EC-130H, seven HC-130J and nine HH-60G combat-ready aircraft with more than 1,750 highly trained and dedicated personnel, while executing an annual operating budget of $72.2M.

355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Mission: The squadron maintains approximately 55 A-10 aircraft and generates all combat and training sorties in the 355th Fighter Wing by managing the efforts of Airmen in 13 specialties who maintain this close-air support, attack aircraft. The 355th AMXS provides safe, properly configured aircraft in order to meet the flying-hour program for two fighter squadrons. The squadron also develops and executes scheduled maintenance plans to maintain long-term fleet health, while providing forces to support worldwide contingency taskings.

Vision: Maintaining the fleet, training the Airmen, generating safe sorties at home and abroad, today and tomorrow.

Description: The squadron consists of roughly 465 enlisted personnel, six officers and two civilians.

Slogan: “Maintenance Skill … Ensures the Kill”

355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron

Mission: Provide timely and accurate maintenance and munitions support for Davis-Monthan’s assigned, tenant and transient aircraft and equipment.

Vision: Take care of business, take care of each other, the rest will take care of itself.

Description: There are more than 700 Airmen working in 19 maintenance, munitions, supply and administrative Air Force specialties, divided among five diverse flights: Aerospace ground equipment flight, armament flight, fabrication flight, maintenance flight and munitions flight.  They are 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.

Slogan: “The Biggest, The Best, EMS!”

History: The squadron was constituted and activated as the 355th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron on April 13, 1962, and redesignated the 355th EMS on Jan. 1, 1978.  The squadron consolidated with the 355th Field Maintenance Squadron on Oct. 22, 1984. 

355th Component Maintenance Squadron

Mission: A combat-ready team of maintenance professionals providing world-class component repair and aircraft support.

Vision: Be the best maintenance professionals in aircraft maintenance.

Description: There are approximately 301 active-duty and six civilian personnel encompassing aircraft electrical and environmental, aircrew egress, aircraft fuel systems, avionics electronic warfare, aerospace propulsion, test, measurement and diagnostic, and commander support staff specialties. The squadron troubleshoots, repairs and maintains A-10C, EC-130H, HC-130J, and HH-60G aircraft systems to include: electronic warfare equipment, TF34 and T56 engines, A-10 egress, fuels systems, and completes maintenance on aircraft accessory systems supporting seven flying squadrons comprised of more than 114 combat and training aircraft. In addition, the precision measurement equipment laboratory provides regional support for the calibration and repair of TMDE for 175 agencies including five forward operating locations, and five MAJCOMs. The 355th CMS provides combat-ready forces and equipment to combatant commanders worldwide.

Nickname: Eagles

355th Mission Support Group

Mission: Removing obstacles that keep others from doing their mission; own the problem and provide a solution; and do it right the first time.

Description: There are 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. 

Slogan: “Proud to be MSG”

History: Originally established as the 355th Combat Support Group, MSG activated Nov. 3, 1965. It redesignated on May 1, 1992, as the 355th Support Group, and then again Sept. 30, 2002, as the 355th MSG

355th Security Forces Squadron

Mission: Defend the base, deploy combat-ready defenders, remove obstacles in order to provide world-class support installation wide.

Vision: Develop and deploy air-minded defenders, armed with precise equipment and training; powered by a culture of resiliency and innovation; prepared to respond to any emergency at any moment both at home station and around the globe.

Description: 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 first-class force protection and security support for the 355th FW, multiple mission partners and on-base federal agencies. Additionally, they provide police and military working dog services and combat arms weapons skills training.  Our defenders deploy year-round in support of humanitarian relief, multinational training and overseas air base defense operations in support of combatant commanders worldwide. The team consists of 300-plus military and civilian personnel.

Slogan: “Lock and Load Hua”

History: The 355th SFS constituted as the 355th Air Police Squadron and activated on Nov. 3, 1965. The squadron redesignated as the 355th SFS on July 1, 1997.

355th Civil Engineer Squadron

Mission: An integrated team of professionals planning, building, sustaining, and protecting the base and its environment for the Davis-Monthan community while providing combat-ready, deployable forces.

Vision: Develop the Air Force’s most capable combat engineer team, while developing, building and sustaining the Davis-Monthan AFB community with a dedicated and mission-focused team of professionals.

Description: Nearly 400 military and civilian engineers comprise the 355th CES, commanded by Lt. Col. Brian Stumpe. The squadron operates out of 21 facilities across the installation. Their efforts day-in and day-out provide the 355th FW and D-M teammates with a top-notch platform from which to train, operate and deploy.

Slogan: “Engineers … Lead the Way”

355th Communications Squadron

Mission: Provide 355th FW, 12th AF HQ, and tenant units’ command, control, communications, and computer capability with mobile and fixed communications systems, official mail and knowledge operations support. Secure critical base-wide information resources and exchanges. Anticipate and respond to dynamic customer and mission needs. Deploy professional communications Airmen.

Vision: Aspire to exceed mission needs and customer expectations in an ever-changing environment.

Description: There are 132 military members and four civilians who provide communications support to Davis-Monthan AFB’s 6,200 personnel. The “Cobras” administer and maintain the base’s NIPRNet and SIPRNet infrastructure and more than 9,000 associated user accounts, ensuring availability of data while safeguarding the network from the persistent barrage of threats in the Cyber domain.

Slogan: “Desert Comm! Now You’re Talkin’”

History: The 355th CS constituted as the 3415th Signal Service Detachment Oct. 10, 1944. It was redesignated the 355th CS and activated on May 1, 1992.

355th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Mission: Deliver flawless logistics every day to execute the mission of the Desert Lighting Team. Provide a trained and ready team of unbeatable logistics warriors to meet any contingency whenever called upon, forever leading the way, always out in front.

Vision: A unified team of proud logistics professionals, focused on providing world-class agile combat support to the warfighter while simultaneously meeting the challenges of the future.

Description: There are more than 480 military and civilian service members that form a network of logistics professionals delivering quality products and services to customers. As a unit, LRS executes missions across distinctive logistics lines from material management, fuel, deployment/distribution to vehicle management.

Slogan: “LRS … Out In Front!”

History: The 355th Supply Squadron constituted and activated Nov. 3, 1965, designated on Jan. 15, 2003, as the 355th LRS.

355th Contracting Squadron

Mission: Directs contracting programs for the acquisition and administration of commodities, services and construction requirements in support of the 355th FW and tenant units including 12th Air Force, and the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, and maintains worldwide contingency contracting capability in support of any contingency taskings.

Vision: Dedicated professionals who are prepared to provide outstanding worldwide agile contracting support anytime, anywhere. 

Description: The 355th CONS is comprised of 37 active-duty Airmen and 16 civilians.

Slogan: “CONS … Blood, Guts, Papercuts”

History: The 355th Contracting Squadron was activated May 1, 1992, under the 355th Logistics Group at Davis-Monthan AFB. On Sept. 30, 2002, it was reassigned to the 355th Mission Support Squadron.

355th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Mission: Deliver flawless logistics every day to execute the mission of the Desert Lighting Team. Provide a trained and ready team of unbeatable logistics warriors to meet any contingency whenever called upon, forever leading the way, always out in front.

Vision: A unified team of proud logistics professionals, focused on providing world-class agile combat support to the warfighter while simultaneously meeting the challenges of the future.

Description: There are more than 480 military and civilian service members that form a network of logistics professionals delivering quality products and services to customers. As a unit, LRS executes missions across distinctive logistics lines from material management, fuel, deployment/distribution to vehicle management.

Slogan: “LRS … Out In Front!”

History: The 355th Supply Squadron constituted and activated Nov. 3, 1965, designated on Jan. 15, 2003, as the 355th LRS.

355th Force Support Squadron

Mission: Provide continuous personnel and services support to Davis-Monthan’s warfighters, families, civilians and retirees. FSS professionals are driven to deliver effective, efficient and innovative solutions to meet the diverse demands of the full customer spectrum.

Vision: To become the benchmark of excellence for all force support squadrons … always finding viable solutions for those FSS supports.

Description: There are 145 military members, 71 appropriated and 291 nonappropriated employees. FSS deploys 65 to 70 military members a year while providing world-class customer support to the Desert Lightning Team. Slogan: “FSS … No Rest For The Best”

History: The 355th Force Support Squadron is comprised of two squadrons, the 355th MSG and the 355th Services Squadron. The 355th MSG activated May 1, 1992, and the 355th SS activated Jan. 1 Jan 1998. The two squadrons combined and were designated as the 355th Force Support Squadron Aug. 28, 2008.

355th Medical Group

Mission: Provide healthy combat forces, ready medics, and trusted healthcare to all we serve.

Vision: A premier team fueled by empowered medics delivering trusted healthcare.

Description: The 355th Medical Group ensures combat medical readiness of the Desert Lightning Team for global contingencies. With an authorized staff of 407 and a resource allocation totaling $26 million, the Medical Group ensures that warriors at Davis-Monthan are medically fit-to-fight. In addition to training and equipping/manning 25 mobility teams, we strive to promote the health and wellness of the Davis-Monthan community by meeting the health care needs of our 54,000 eligible Defense Department beneficiaries. The Desert Lightning medics also promote preventive medicine programs to maintain maximum Air Force readiness and monitor the environment and occupational work areas for hazards while supporting worldwide contingency operations.

355th Medical Support Squadron

Mission: The 355th Medical Support Squadron plans and directs $37million in resource acquisition and health services delivery. The squadron also provides logistical and support activities for four operational squadrons with more than 400 members. MDSS manages the medical group’s financial/manpower programs, administrative support, information systems, TRICARE operations, laboratory, radiology, medical logistics and pharmacy services. The squadron also maintains a 208,000 square-foot medical campus, vehicle fleet and equipment repair and maintenance.

Vision: Support the warfighter by maximizing our resources to ensure Airmen are ready for deployment while ensuring the health of our beneficiaries as we develop and nurture our people.

Description: There are 137 active-duty, civilian and contract personnel.

Slogan: “Coyotes Pride … Far and Wide”

355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron

Mission: Ensures the fighter wing can provide combatant commanders with a mission-ready force capable of deploying anywhere in the world on a moment’s notice. The squadron provides medical care to maximize the health and welfare of our warriors and their family members both in theater and at home.

Vision: A worldclass healthcare organization comprised of resilient Warrior Airmen, armed with precise tools and training; powered by a culture of leadership and innovation; prepared to provide the fighter wing fully qualified warfighters which exceeds combatant commander expectations.

Description: Comprised of a diverse group of 68 active-duty and civilian medical and administrative professionals.

Slogan: “Airmen can soar higher, shoot further, fly faster and perform better”

355th Dental Squadron

Mission: Ensures dentally fit-to-fight “Desert Lightning Team Warriors”.  Maximize the oral health and welfare of our community, through patient centered care.

Vision: Provide high quality dental services to active duty personnel in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Provide highly skilled professional providers and technicians in support of the 355th Wing mission and the 355th Medical Group’s peace and war time missions.

Description: The 355th DS is comprised of nine dental officers, 17 enlisted and 20 civilian personnel.  The team provides dental services to over 6,000 AD, (Guard and Reserve when on AD orders) assigned to Davis-Monthan AFB.  The squadron can support an array of dental needs, all eligible members will receive at least one dental exam and cleaning per year and any subsequent treatment needed.  We maintain relationships with several dental specialists in the local community to refer patients for some specialty care. These relationships with our network providers enhance our capabilities to ensure Davis-Monthan warfighters remain mission “READY”. 

Slogan: “Bringing the Bite to the Fight”

355th Medical Operations Squadron

Mission: Ensures combatant commanders have a ready force of warfighters who are “fit-to-fight.” In addition, MDOS provides combat-ready medical personnel to execute medical support worldwide. In garrison, the squadron provides medical care to maximize the health and welfare of our current and retired warriors and their family members.

Vision: The 355th MDOS partners with the community to deliver world-class healthcare anytime, anywhere.

Description: There is a diverse group of 195 active-duty, civilian and contractor medical professionals.

Slogan: “MDOS … Keeps you fit to fight!”

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