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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

Headquarters Twelfth Air Force

Headquarters Twelfth Air Force is located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. It is responsible for the combat readiness of eight active-duty wings in the western United States and Panama, with more than 35,000 personnel and 450 aircraft. In addition, Twelfth Air Force is responsible for 21 gained units of the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, with an additional 21,000 people and 360 aircraft.

Twelfth Air Force also provides the Air Force component to U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the Unified Command responsible for Central and South America. In this role, Twelfth Air Force is referred to as U.S. Southern Command Air Forces, or SOUTHAF. Here, its mission is to plan for the employment of and to conduct, control, and coordinate the operation of all air forces provided to USSOUTHCOM. This responsibility includes significant involvement in battling illegal narcotics trafficking, a mission for which SOUTHAF is the single lead agency for detection and monitoring of illegal narcotics by air. It also exercises staff oversight, coordination, and supervision of all U.S. Air Force assets engaged in the counternarcotics mission in the USSOUTHCOM area of responsibility.

Another responsibility of Twelfth Air Force is to maintain a worldwide deployable Air Operations Center, or AOC, which serves a conflictıs Joint Forces Air Component Commander by providing the capability to design and execute an air campaign. To do so, the members of the AOC (which number 500 to 1,500 people, depending on the size of the conflict) build and execute daily Air Tasking Orders and Air Coordination Orders, coordinate all logistics and service support to deployed air forces, establish and maintain essential communications links with air forces, and provide continuous intelligence and threat assessment to commanders.

Finally, Twelfth Air Force provides Battle Management functions by conducting strategic reconnaissance, surveillance, and airborne command-and-control missions worldwide. This responsibility encompasses day-to-day missions around the globe in support of theater Commanders in Chief and government agencies, plus a commitment to U.S. Strategic Command as Command Task Force 224, the Battle Management arm of strategic deterrence and operations.

Active-Duty Wings and Aircraft Flown

  • 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, Calif. -- U-2; T-38
  • 24th Wing, Howard Air Force Base, Panama -- C-27, C-130, CT-43, C-21, plus rotational F-15, F-16 from Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves
  • 49th Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. -- F-117, AT-38, F-4E, HH60
  • 55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. -- RC-135, EC-135, C-21, E-4B, OC-135
  • 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. -- A-10, OA-10, EC-130E, EC-130H
  • 366th Wing, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho -- F-15C, F-15E, F-16, KC-135, B-1
  • 388th Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah -- F-16C
  • 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. -- E-3B, E-3C, TC-18

Other Active-Duty Units

  • 1st Air Support Operations Group, Fort Lewis, Wash. -- provides tactical air control and weather support to the U.S. Armyıs 1st Corps; advises 1st Corps of air power employment, and coordinates Air Force assets for joint battle plans
  • 3rd Combat Communications Group, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. -- provides deployable communications, computers, navigation, and air traffic systems, anywhere in the world and under hostile conditions
  • 820th RED HORSE Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. -- provides major-force beddown, heavy-damage repair, bare-base deployment, and heavy engineering

Headquarters Staff Statistics

  • 234 officers
  • 542 enlisted
  • 32 civilians
  • 808 total
  • Payroll $51.6 million (annually)

The 355th Wing Today

One of the largest wings in the Air Force with more than 6,100 personnel, six flying squadrons and one geographically separated units. The wing provides A-10 close air support; OA-10 forward air controllers; air liaison officers; EC-130 command, control and communications warfare; air control radar; and combat support forces to unified commanders The 355th Wing also provides initial and recurrency flying training to all U.S. Air Force A/OA-10 and EC-130 pilots and crews; and is the Air Combat Command executive agent for INF and START treaty compliance.

Force Structure
  • 56 A-10A
  • 32 OA-10A
  • 14 EC-130H
  • 7 EC-130E
  • 1 TPS-75 Radar and Support Equipment
  • 1 50 Bed Air Transportable Hospital
The Typical Wing Member
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Married
  • Some College - Associates Degree
  • Age: 29
  • 9 Years of Service
  • .76 children


  • Captain
  • Married
  • Bachelors degree
  • Age: 35
  • 9 Years of Service
  • .89 children

Economic Impact of D-M (50 Mile Radius)
  • Value of Base Resources $15 Billion
  • Annual Payroll $199 Million
  • Annual Operations Budget $139 Million
  • Annual Economic Impact $750 Million

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