Our mission is to provide for the operation, maintenance, and security of Davis-Monthan AFB and facilities in support of assigned, attached, dispersed or en route, and alert units. Provide support for associate units as directed by specific agreement. Train and posture for immediate worldwide deployment of combat support elements in support of higher headquarters tasking.
The 355th Force Support Squadron was created in August 2008. The 355th FSS is a hybrid organization melding the components of the Services, Manpower, and Personnel functional specialties. The 355th FSS is comprised of dedicated Airmen, civilian and contract employees. The 355th FSS provides the Desert Lightning team combat and community support by delivering morale, welfare, recreation, manpower and personnel programs services for more than 7,000 active duty, 3,400 civilian employees, 10,000 dependents and approximately 25,000 retirees assigned to the 355th Wing, mission partner organizations and the Davis-Monthan communities.
The 355th Security Forces Squadron provides peerless security force protection and flexible combat support both at home and abroad. The SFS "Desert Defenders" conduct worldwide force protection and security operations by guarding Noble Eagle alert fighter aircraft, seven flying squadrons, 4,400 tactical and stored aircraft spread over 13,000 acres, valued at more than $32.3 billion.
The 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron plans, supplies and distributes logistical support in-garrison and within the deployed environment while continually supporting the war fighter with anything, anytime, anywhere. The squadron consists of a broad spectrum of diverse flights, including the Vehicle Maintenance Flight, the Materiel Management Flight, the Fuels Management Flight and the Deployment and Distribution Flight.
Nearly 400 military and civilian engineers comprise the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron. Their efforts day-in and day-out provide the 355th Wing and D-M teammates with a top notch platform from which to train, operate and deploy. The 355th CES prides themselves on employing sound asset management principles enabling D-M members to successfully continue the base mission every day while simultaneously ensuring the base has the capacity to meet the needs of tomorrow's Air Force. The 355th CES is responsible for many of the behind-the scenes base functions including maintenance of all facilities, properly functioning utilities, unaccompanied housing and environmental management. They also plan, program and execute all construction on base to the tune of nearly $40-$50 million annually. The most visible 355th CES members are ready for any emergency at any given time. These include members of Fire Emergency Services, Readiness and Emergency Management, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal.
The 355th Contracting Squadron assures high quality and timely customer support consistent with federal acquisition regulations and public law for optimum mission execution. The squadron directs contracting programs in excess of $80 million annually for the acquisition and administration of commodities, services and construction requirements in support of the 355th Wing and 24 tenant units that call D-M "home." The squadron also manages one of the largest Government Purchase Card programs in Air Combat Command valued at more than $35 million.
The 355th Communications Squadron provides world class communications capabilities to D-M warfighters to ensure they have the information they need, when they need it. The Airmen of the 355th CS provide a broad range of capabilities to the Desert Lightning Team including the operation and maintenance of the entire communications infrastructure on the base. The communications infrastructure is a very large network of systems that is comprised of classified/unclassified computer networks, radio systems, telephone switches, and Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems. The 355th CS oversees base records management, web page content, and computer resource accountability programs as well as publications, forms, and instructions, and the official mail center. In addition, the squadron manages the unit-level Theater Battle Management Core Systems, Information Protection Office, and Time Compliance Network Orders.