355th Operations Group

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355th Operations Group
Active 1992 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
355th Operations Group A-10 Thunderbolt IIs

The 355th Operations Group is a United States Air Force unit, assigned to the 355th Wing. It is stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

Units[edit]

The 355th Operations Group consists of six squadrons and over 450 personnel employing 75 A/OA-10 aircraft and an AN/TPS-75 radar system. It provides war-fighters with forces for close air support (CAS), air interdiction (AI), forward air control (FAC), combat search and rescue (CSAR), ground based tactical air control, and airbase operations. It also conducts all formal course directed aircraft initial qualification/requalification training.

The 'Bulldogs' of the 354th FS maintain and employ 18 A-10 and 6 OA-10 combat ready aircraft to conduct Close Air Support, Air Interdiction, Forward Air Control -- Airborne, and Combat Search and Rescue missions for theater commanders worldwide.
Trains pilots in the A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt II. The 'Dragons' of the 357th FS conduct all formal courses related to directed aircraft transition, day and night weapons and tactics employment, day and night air refueling and dissimilar air combat maneuvers. The squadron trains pilots to plan, coordinate, execute, and control day and night close air support, air interdiction and battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance. The squadron prepares pilots for combat mission ready upgrade.
Trains pilots in the A-10 and OA-10 Thunderbolt II. The 'Lobos' of the 358th FS conduct all formal course related to directed aircraft transition, day and night weapons and tactics employment, day and night air refueling and dissimilar air combat maneuvers. The squadron trains pilots to plan, coordinate, execute, and control day and night close air support, air interdiction and battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance. The squadron prepares pilots for combat mission ready upgrade. This squadron was inactivated in February 2014.
  • 355th Operations Support Squadron
  • 355th Training Squadron
  • 607th Air Control Squadron
  • West Coast A-10 Demonstration Team

History[edit]

Beginning in May 1992, the 355th Operations Group took over control of flying units for 355th Wing. It provided war-fighters with forces for close air support, air interdiction, forward air control, ground based tactical air control, and airbase operations. From 1992-2002, the group trained and provided electronic combat capabilities and airborne command and control.

For a brief period from Mar-Oct 2003 until the squadrons realigned under the 563d Rescue Group, it maintained a combat search and rescue capability. It also conducted all formal course directed aircraft initial qualification/requalification training for the A-10. In Oct 2003 and again in Nov 2005, the group deployed A-10s in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as 355th Operations Group, and activated, on 1 May 1992.

Assignments[edit]

  • 355th Wing, 1 May 1992 – Present

Components[edit]

Stations[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

  • A-10, 1992 – Present
  • EC-130, 1992-2002
  • HH-60G, 2003

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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