Welcome to Davis-Monthan AFB
The host unit at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is the 355th Fighter Wing, which provides air support air liaison officers, control and communications warfare, air control radar, and combat support forces flying the A-10 Thunderbolt II. Davis-Monthan is located just south of Tucson, Arizona.
The base was established in 1925 as the Davis-Monthan Landing Field. It is named in honor of World War I pilots Lieutenants Samuel H. Davis and Oscar Monthan. It started as a combination of civil and military operations in the early 1940s when military requirements caused the relocation of civil aviation activities. Davis-Monthan Army Airfield became a military base in preparation for World War II when the Army needed a place to train aircrews for B-17 Flying Fortresses. Many bombardment groups were assigned to the base during that time, bombing empty desert in preparation for missions in the Pacific and European Theaters. Later, from 1945 to 1946, Davis-Monthan was a POW camp for German prisoners.
The other well known unit at Davis-Monthan is the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, a unit assigned to the base responsible for the base’s aircraft “Boneyard” which has the largest number of conserved planes in the world. The planes are kept there to be stripped or preserved to be restored to service. Another tenant is the 25th Operational Weather Squadron which produces weather forecasts for the Western United States. The squadron also trains new weather professionals including both enlisted personnel and officers.
Weather in the Davis-Monthan area tends to be very hot in the summer with temperatures in the 80s and 90s and cool in the winter with the temperatures in the 50s. Annual rainfall in the area is 12 inches with the wettest month being August.
Tucson is Arizona’s second-largest city with a population over 520,000. Naturally, this means there are lots of activities and things to do here. Local housing options are available nearby in cities such as Tucson, Vail, Drexel Heights, Summit, Casas Adobes, and Tortolita. Apartments around Tucson rent for between about $875-$1,100, and houses cost about $135,000 to $155,000.
Nearby military installations: Fort Huachuca
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Feel free to browse the homes for rent and homes for sale by owner (FSBO), as well as the local businesses that work with Davis-Monthan AFB inbound soldiers and their families. Our goal at DoD Housing Network is to help you better understand Davis-Monthan AFB and the surrounding communities, neighborhoods and activities. If you need temporary lodging upon your arrival to Davis-Monthan AFB please visit our lodging section with available hotels close to base. Please note DoD Housing Network is not a government sponsored website.
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