The 355th Fighter 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.
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.
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.
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.