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Posted 1/29/2008 Printable Fact Sheet
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355th Fighter Wing
The 355th Fighter Wing has earned a heroic combat lineage. Formed during the early days of World War II, the 355th was best known for strafing Luftwaffe airfields, and destroyed more German aircraft in strafing attacks than any other American fighter unit. During the Vietnam War the 355th Fighter Wing was one of the first to see combat, and employed the F-105 and A-7 in thousands of missions against targets across North Vietnam. Notably, two 355th Airmen won the Congressional Medal of Honor during Vietnam: Captain Merlyn Dethlefsen and Major Leo Thorsness. Today, the 355th Fighter Wing is comprised of nearly 7,000 Airmen, most of whom have or will see combat action during their time at Davis-Monthan AFB.

During the last year, 355th Fighter Wing Airmen were recognized for excellence with countless awards and accolades. Just one example was the Financial Management Office, which was named Best in Air Combat Command. D-M Airmen also exemplified a spirit of service before self, volunteering more than 54,000 service hours to programs such as "Santas in Blue," where Airmen brought holiday joy and more than 400 gifts to children from the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation. A highlight for the year was the Air Force's 60th anniversary celebration. In conjunction with that commemoration, D-M also celebrated its 80th anniversary, themed "Davis-Monthan and Tucson, 80 Years of Airpower for America."

Airmen from the 355th Fighter Wing were deployed across southwest Asia for all of 2007. As part of this war effort, our A-10s deployed to Afghanistan for combat operations in May. During the next six months our Airmen engaged the enemy non-stop, primarily conducting close air support for American and Coalition forces on the ground. This period of combat saw Taliban insurgent activity at it highest levels in recent history. Our Airmen met and defeated the enemy in more than 400 troops-in-contact situations, during which they employed more than 150,000 rounds of 30 mm cannon ammunition.

Today's 355th Airmen are faithful to their proud heritage, yet firmly focused on their mission: to fly, fight and win America's wars.

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