Welcome to Davis-Monthan AFB

Welcome to Davis-Monthan AFB!

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is located just south of Tucson, Arizona.

The base was established in 1925 as the Davis-Monthan Landing Field and is named in honor of World War I pilots, Lieutenants Samuel H. Davis and Oscar Monthan. The base was established for a combination of civil and military operations in the early 1940s when military requirements caused the relocation of civil aviation activities. Davis-Monthan Army Air Field became a military base in preparation for World War II and the Army started to use the airfield for training aircrew 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 Davis-Monthan became a POW camp for German prisoners, from 1945 to 1946.

The host unit at Davis-Monthan 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 awesome A-10 Thunderbolt II.

The other well known unit at Davis-Monthan is the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group is a unit assigned to the base who is 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 of the base is the 25th Operational Weather Squadron which produces weather forecasts for the Western United States. The squadron also trains new weather professionals—both enlisted personnel and officers.

Weather in the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base 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. July is the warmest month, and January is the coldest.

Local housing options are available nearby in cities such as Tucson or Vail. Apartments around Tucson rent for between about $460-$750, and houses cost about $164,000.
 
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