When it was established in 1925, this base was the nation’s first municipal airport. Charles Lindbergh, who had just completed his trans-Atlantic crossing, landed the ‘Spirit of St. Louis’ in Tucson to dedicate it as the then largest municipal airport in the country.
The main unit on base, the 355 FW provides A-10 close air support for ground units, and supports search and rescue missions. Davis-Monthan is the site of an annual search and rescue exercise, Angel Thunder, the largest interagency/international exercise of its kind.
The mission of Davis-Monthan is to deploy attack airpower in support of combatant commanders worldwide on a moment’s notice. Units such as the 355 FS the 12th Air Force, and the 355th Maintenance Operations Squadron train the finest attack pilots and crews for employment by the combat air forces.
The base is located in Tucson, not far from Interstates 10 and 19. In addition to the vibrant culture and nightlife of the city, which is home to the University of Arizona, there are also picturesque natural wonders that are easily accessible.
The city’s airport, located across town from the base, serves flights from all over the U.S. as well as some points south of the border in Mexico and Latin America.
Located approximately 5 miles from Tucson’s downtown, Davis-Monthan’s military community is served well by the educational and health system of the city.
The 355th Medical Group operates a clinic at Building 400 on base, and is open from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. An on-call triage nurse is available when the clinic is closed to handle emergencies.
The clinic provides family health, pediatrics, dental and other care for military families in the area.
While on-base permanent housing is somewhat limited, off-base housing is affordable within housing allowances, and conveniently located along main arteries of transport for commuting. Temporary housing is available for all ranks and is located conveniently in relation to on-post facilities such as PX, theater and commissary.
Davis-Monthan AFB is a place that combines the rugged look of the Old West with the modern power of the 21st century Air Force. Towering saguaro cactus plants lining the field where lethal-looking A-10 Warthogs are parked are but one example. The most memorable for most first-time visitors, though, is the sprawling ‘aircraft boneyard’ where mothballed planes dating back to the Korean War are parked in seemingly endless rows.