Other units and agencies
Published August 14, 2006
943rd Rescue Group (AFRC)
The 943rd Rescue Group was officially reactivated in the Air Force Reserve on 12 February 2005, at D-M. The group inherited an illustrious lineage beginning in 1962 with the establishment of the 943rd Airlift Group, originally a troop carrier group, and has gone through many activations, re-designations and periods of inactivation since its inception.
The mission of the 943rd Rescue Group is to provide leadership, management, policy formulation, planning and standardization for operations, training and support of the Air Force Reserve Command's rescue assets, consisting of 3 squadrons, 3 flights and 1 geographically separated unit. The Group is equipped with 6 HH-60G "Pave Hawk" helicopters to support worldwide combat rescue operations.
As an Air Force Reserve Command unit, the 943rd RQG is currently under the control of the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, FL., and is the only Reserve rescue unit in the Southwestern United States. Upon mobilization, the 943rd RQG would come under the control of Air Combat Command.
162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona Air National Guard
"Operation Snowbird" is a National Guard Bureau program located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and supported through the 162nd Fighter Wing. It was established in 1975 as a winter deployment site for Northern tier Air National Guard flying units enabling 16 squadrons to deploy for two weeks of training between October and May each year. Each deployment package consists of 10 to 12 aircraft, 20 to 24 pilots and 110 to 116 support personnel.
Located on four acres of property adjacent to the north ramp, the compound consists of four buildings: snowbird operations, maintenance control complex and two support facilities. The operation also provides overflow aircraft support to D-M as well as to the Navy, Marine Corps and Army National Guard and U.S. allies. Additionally, the 162nd supports Operation Noble Eagle with the Western Air Defense F-16s that stand alert 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond in support of Homeland Defense.
372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 11 (AETC)
The 372 Training Squadron, Detachment 11 has 40 personnel teaching 68 courses that provide mission-essential maintenance training across 12 career fields, supporting six major commands. DET 11 provides training for the A-10/OA-10, EC-130, HH-60, F-16 and Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) at units locally and throughout the CONUS. They manage the USAF's only A-10 Mission Ready Airman (MRA) School that provides initial skills training for over 200 crew chiefs every year. They also manage the USAF's only CONUS/PACAF Miniature/Micro Repair (2M) and Circuit Card Repair (CCR) training facility.
Both general and advanced technical aircraft maintenance courses are offered. The unit's facility houses hydraulics, egress, jet engines, weapons, avionics and aerospace ground maintenance equipment. Avionics systems support includes instruction on communications, navigation, instrumentation, automatic flight control, electronic warfare, and weapons control systems. Other specialized training includes hydraulics, electric environmental, engines, and armament systems instruction. Detachment 11 also teaches the A-10 Mission Ready Airman School. Every A-10 crew chief, en route to their first duty station, receives in-depth Hands-On Technical Training. Upon completion of class, students are certified in all basic tasks that are required to inspect, launch, recover and service an A-10 aircraft. All of the courses provide undergraduate civilian college credit through the Community College of the Air Force.
Air Force Office of Special Investigations
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) was established in 1949 as a separate operating agency under the staff supervision of the Inspector General. AFOSI is the primary U.S. Air Force investigative agency for major crimes.
The scope of AFOSI's mission has evolved significantly. Today, the AFOSI mission includes such diverse investigative areas as criminal investigations, counterespionage, counterintelligence, anti-terrorism, technical and forensic support, fraud and environmental crimes, and protective services operations.
AFOSI Detachment 217 falls under the operational control of its Headquarters at Andrews Air Force Base, MD, and is tasked with the responsibility of providing the full range of AFOSI investigative support to the 355th Wing, Headquarters 12th Air Force, and other Air Force and DOD entities/activities.
Customs and Border Protection
Since December 1971, Customs and Border Protection, which falls under the Department of Homeland Security, has had an Aviation Operations branch at D-M. (Legacy U.S. Customs aviation resources have become an integral part of the newly created Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection). Its missions are to protect our nation's borders, which include the interception of aircraft smuggling contraband into or out of the United States, and the prevention of unlawful entry by people or other commodities into the United States including potential terrorist threats. The branch also provides aviation resources in support of other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including significant experience with providing airspace security for many notable events. The branch is equipped with aircraft with state-of-the-art surveillance, intercept and tracking radar systems as well as infrared optical systems and special communication equipment. Tucson Aviation Branch has been directly responsible for seizing more than 300 contraband-laden aircraft and multiple tons of drugs, and noted for its participation in airspace security at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Defense Investigative Service
The Tucson Resident Agency of the Defense Investigative Service is located at 5285 East Madera Street. DIS conducts personnel security investigations on military members, Department of Defense civilians, and employees of defense contractors to determine their suitability for access to classified defense information and other investigations as assigned by the secretary of defense.
The DIS is responsible for the implementation of the Defense Industrial Security program. This involves conducting inspections and administrative inquiries at DoD contractors' facilities handling classified defense contracts.
Naval Inventory Control Point
An unusual tenant on D-M is the Naval Inventory Control Point Detachment Field Support Office, better known as the Navy FSO. Shortly after World War II, a storage area was established for Navy and Marine aircraft at Litchfield Park in Phoenix, Ariz. When aircraft storage for all services' was consolidated here in 1965, the Navy's Field Support Office was established. The FSO is part of the Customer Operations Division, Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia, Pa. The FSO represents Navy and Marine functions related to the storage, withdrawal, maintain-in, reclamation, disposal workload of Navy and Marine aircraft, engines and special production tooling. The FSO also serves as the liaison and coordinator of Navy projects between AMARC and all Navy commands.
Radar Approach Control (FAA)
The Federal Aviation Administration's Tucson Terminal Radar Approach Control is a tenant on D-M. TRACON personnel use five area surveillance radar scopes. They are responsible for separating aircraft flying under instrument flight rules within the Tucson area's Class "C" airspace, at 17,000 feet mean sea level and below. These services include traffic advisories and safety alerts.
Air Force controllers assigned to the 355th Wing, operate two precision approach radar scopes. They provide navigational guidance to aircraft on final approach to D-M.