Installation Overview -- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona

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Overview

Davis-Monthan AFB Main Gate. Photo courtesy USAF

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is a key Air Combat Command installation, located within the city limits of Tucson, Ariz.

The 355th Wing is the host unit providing medical, logistical, and operational support to all D-M units. The wing's missions are to train A-10 and OA-10 pilots and to provide A-10 and OA-10 close support and forward air control to ground forces worldwide. The wing is also tasked to provide command, control, and communications countermeasures in support of tactical forces with its EC-130H aircraft and, employing the EC-130E aircraft, provide airborne command, control, and communications capabilities for managing tactical air operations in war and other contingencies worldwide.

D-M became a military base in 1925, but its origins can be traced to the earliest days of civil aviation. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew his "Spirit of St. Louis" to Tucson to dedicate Davis-Monthan Field -- then the largest municipal airport in the United States.

The base was named in honor of Lieutenants Samuel H. Davis and Oscar Monthan, two Tucsonans and World War I era pilots who died in separate military aircraft accidents. Davis, who died in a Florida aircraft accident in 1921, attended the University of Arizona prior to enlisting in the Army in 1917. Monthan enlisted in the Army as a private in 1917, was commissioned as a ground officer in 1918 and later became a pilot. He was killed in a crash of a Martin bomber in Hawaii in 1924.

The official website for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

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Location/Driving Directions

From Tucson International Airport, head North on Tucson Boulevard, make a right turn on Valencia Road headed East. Make a left turn on Alvernon Way headed North. Alvernon Way will merge with Golf Links. Continue on Golf Links until you come to Craycroft Road. Make a right turn on Craycroft Road headed South. You will approach Davis-Monthan AFB main gate and visitor center. Keep in mind that the Tucson International Airport also provides all Military and DoD civilians with a Military Servicemen's Lounge adjacent to Reno Airline ticket office. They provide local area assistance and free refreshments. For further information please call the main office at 520-889-5642, DSN 312-533-8979. The Tucson International Airport is located approximately 10 miles from the center of town. Transportation options include rental cars, shared ride vans, taxis, and the city bus. All departing shuttles, vans, buses, and taxis are located on the commercial roadway on the lower level in front of the terminal.

Directions from I-10 East or West - Exit 265 onto Alvernon Way headed North. West bound I-10 leads you right to it. East bound I-10 you must turn left under I-10. Alvernon Way will merge with Golf Links. Continue on Golf Links until you come to Craycroft Road. Make a right turn on Craycroft Road headed South. You will approach Davis-Monthan AFB main gate and visitor center.

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Two Air Force Pararescuemen depart from a HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter to aid casualties during a personnel recovery training exercise. Photo courtesy USAF; photo courtesy: Senior Airman Noah R. Johnson

Davis-Monthan AFB is primarily an Air Combat Command (ACC) installation with the 355th Fighter Wing (355 FW) as the host activity. The base is also home to Headquarters, 12th Air Force (12 AF), the 563d Rescue Group (563 RQG), 55th Electronic Combat Group (55 ECG), and the Air Force Material Command's (AFMC) 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (309 AMARG), previously known as the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC).

There are aproximately 7,000 military and 1,600 civilian employees who work on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

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Main Phone Numbers

The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Honor Guard presents the colors at the Skyline Country Club. Photo courtesy USAF; photo by: Senior Airman Alesia Goosic

D-M Directory Assistance 520-228-3900

The Inn on Davis-Monthan 530-748-1500

Community Relations 520-228-3378

Housing Referral Office 520-228-3687

Davis-Monthan Child Development Center 530-228-0533

Family Child Care 530-228-5993

Dental Clinic 503-228-2651

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Temporary Lodging

Temporary Lodging Facility #607. Photo courtesy USAF

The Inn on Davis-Monthan has 187 visiting quarters rooms, 61 visiting airmen quarters rooms and 50 temporary lodging facilities (25 one-bedroom and 25 two-bedroom units).

A customer is generally considered to be Priority 1 when on orders, and Priority 2 for all others. The reservations line is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, on a first-come, first-served basis without regard to grade. Space-available reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance for up to 3 days. The front desk is open 24 hours daily. Lodging's 24-hour-a-day reservation and information line is 748-1500.

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Housing

Sonoran Vista Base Housing. Photo courtesy USAF

The Base Housing Office is located in building 2555 at 3245 South Tenth Street, across from Burger King. As you enter the base on Craycroft Blvd, after the first traffic light, turn left at the next corner, Comanche Street and it is the first building on the left.

Military personnel with accompanying family members and assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB) are eligible to apply for base housing. In order to apply for base housing and be placed on the waiting list in advance, contact your local housing office and complete DD Form 1746 (Application for Assignment to Housing). Send the completed DD Form 1746, along with a copy of your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, to the Davis-Monthan AFB housing office at: Housing Referral Office 3245 South Tenth Street Davis-Monthan, AZ 85707 520-228-5548, DSN 312-228-5548, FAX 520-228-3688

Kachina Village, a 555-unit housing complex provides quarters for airmen and officers. The homes are of masonry construction with attached carports and patio walls. Two, three, and four-bedroom units comprise the majority of these base housing facilities. These renovated units have larger kitchens, new appliances, remodeled bathrooms and refrigerated air conditioning.

The enlisted housing area, Palo Verde Village, includes 700 units. These housing units have air conditioning, natural gas heating and attached carports.

There are 10 permanent dormitories on base. Staff Sergeants (E-5) and above granted single rate basic allowance for quarters and are required to reside in the community. Select, time appropriate E-4s will also be asked to move to the community as dorm occupancy rates dictate. There is plenty of affordable one and two bedroom apartments off-base. Normally E-1 - E-4's are housed in the dormitories. All dormitory personnel are assigned single rooms either in one plus one, or quad structures. The dorm management personnel are located in Building 3219.

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Child Care

Child Development Center Playground. Photo courtesy USAF

The Davis-Monthan Child Development Center is located in Building 2614 next to the Commissary with a current capacity of 156 children, ages 6 months to 5 years. The Finley Child Development Center has a capacity of 300 children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Fees are on a sliding scale, based on total family income. Center hours are Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The CDC also offers drop-in care on a space available basis, additional care for exercises and other special events including Give Parents a Break (sponsored by Air Force Aid) held on Saturdays once a month and Parents Night/Day Out.

The CDC also offers a part-day, pre-school program for 3- and 4-year-olds, which is held at the D-M CDC, call 228-0533 or 228-3336 for more information

Davis-Monthan’s Family Child Care program includes about 25 approved on-base child care homes and a resource and referral child care program. Up-to-date information on home care providers, both on-base and in the local community, is available through the resource and referral program at 228-5993.

The Davis-MonthanYouth Programs, an affiliated Boys and Girls Club, located at Building 6000, features activities for youth ages 5 to 18 years old. The facility includes a game room, multi-purpose and computer room, a full-size gymnasium, snack bar and more. The center offers a Before-and-After School program as well as a summer camp program.

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Schools

Smith Elementary School on Base. Photo courtesy USAF

There is one elementary school on the Davis-Monthan AFB installation, Borman Elementary School, which serves kindergarten through fifth grades and also offering special education classes.

Middle school students, grades sixth through eighth, who live on base, attend Naylor Middle School, at 1701 South Columbus Boulevard. High school students on base attend Palo Verde High School, at 1302 South Avendia Vega. Busing is provided for all secondary students living on base.

Children living off base attend one of the district's 75 elementary, 21 middle schools, 11 high schools and 14 alternative education programs - among the nation’s best. It offers both general and college preparatory curricula.

Tucson has 27 parochial schools, representing Catholic, Hebrew, Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran and Seventh Day Adventist faiths. They accept students from the first through the 12th grades. Additionally, there are more than 100 private schools in Pima County providing curricula for elementary through college-preparatory students. For more information, call the Pima County School Superintendent's Office at 740-8451.

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Medical Care

Airman 1st Class Christopher Young, 355th Dental Squadron Airman-in-charge of Dental Radiology, prepares a patient for a tooth X-ray. Photo courtesy USAF; photo credit: Senior Airman Noah R. Johnson

Tucson and Davis-Monthan's medical community has approximately 15 hospitals that provide a combined total of approximately 3,258 beds. There are many hospitals, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO's), medical centers, psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing centers, behavioral treatment and substance abuse facilities, women's health care centers, urgent care facilities and social service agencies to meet any medical need.

Davis-Monthan Medical Facility has 525 staff members, including approximately 50 providers and 13 dentists that offer a full range of basic medical and dental services. However, no obstetrical or Emergency Room services are available at the military treatment facility. A wide range of referral services are provided through the TRICARE provider network.

The dental clinic has the capability to treat active-duty military members with most dental conditions except orthodontics. Active-duty military family members are encouraged to enroll in the United Concordia Dental Plan, since they are not eligible for scheduled appointments at the base dental clinic. Dental urgent care hours are from 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Screening appointments for dental urgent care can be scheduled by calling 228-2651. For emergency treatment after normal duty hours, call 228-2651 as well.