355th Operations Group
Published May 22, 2012
The 355th Operations Group consists of five squadrons and over 300 personnel employing 83 A-10C aircraft and an AN/TPS-75 radar system. It provides war-fighters with forces for close air support (CAS), forward air control (FAC), combat search and rescue (CSAR). It also conducts all formal course directed aircraft initial qualification/requalification training.
355th OG Mission Statement
Conduct Initial Qualification (IQ) training to produce combat ready forces qualified as A-10C Pilots for theater commanders worldwide as directed by Combat Air Command (ACC).
Train and equip a 24 PAA A-10C squadron that provides Close Air Support (CAS), Forward Air Control - Airborne (FAC-A), and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) to theater commanders worldwide as directed by ACC.
Provide operational support to include airfield operations and air traffic control, current operations, 355th Fighter Wing scheduling, weapons and tactics training, intelligence, and weather for all aspects of the 355th Fighter Wing's operational flying program.
Support USAF recruitment, retention and USAF Strategic Communication objectives at air shows and events worldwide with the A-10 West Heritage Team.
355th Operations Support Squadron
The 355th Operation Support Squadron supports 355th 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, and weather services, weapons and tactics, plans and exercises, and intelligence for an operations group with three A-10C squadrons. It also develops flying schedules for more than 10,916 sorties per year.
355th Training Squadron
The 355th Training Squadron conducts and maintains academic, flying, specialized, and electronic interactive training for A-10C aircraft, meeting Air Force training requirements for over 100 students annually. The squadron manages and assists development and approval of all aspects of Air Combat Command A-10C syllabi and operates more than $5 million of advanced fighter aircraft simulators. It also provides quality assurance for aircrew training contracts valued at more than $5.7 million.
354th Fighter Squadron
The 354th Fighter Squadron maintains 24 A-10C aircraft to conduct Close Air Support, Forward Air Control -- Airborne, and Combat Search and Rescue for theater commanders worldwide.
357th Fighter Squadron
The 357th Fighter Squadron trains pilots in the A-10 and Thunderbolt II. The 357th 'Dragons' conducts all formal course 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 and battlefield surveillance and reconnaissance. Squadron prepares pilots for combat mission ready upgrade.
358th Fighter Squadron
The 358th Fighter Squadron trains pilots in the A-10 and Thunderbolt II. The 358th 'Lobos' conducts all formal course 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.
U.S. Air Force A10 West Heritage Flight Team
The A10 West Heritage Flight (HF) Team presents the evolution of U.S. Air Force air power by flying today's state-of-the-art A-10C aircraft in close formation with vintage fighter aircraft. An HF performance involves a Davis-Monthan (DM) A-10C aircraft piloted by a local DM HF pilot and flown with a historical warbird piloted by a trained and certified civilian HF pilot. The HF formations of modern fighters flying with World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era fighters such as the P-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre, dramatically display our U.S. Air Force air power history and proudly support our Air Force's recruiting and retention efforts. The A-10 West HF Team consists of 2 dedicated members and is assigned to the 355th Operations Group.