DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.— Approximately 1,100 Airmen have been tasked to deploy from D-M during the first three months of 2015, more than twice the normal amount.Typically, the base would have around 500 Airmen deployed at any given time which makes this deployment a significant increase.This deployment includes Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group, 55th Electronic Combat Group, 355th Mission Support Group and the 354th Fighter Squadron, including 12 A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft.
The A-10s, crews, and support personnel are part of a Theater Security Package supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve out of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, as announced by U.S. European Command today. Other personnel will deploy to a variety of other locations in support of ongoing U.S. military operations.“My focus areas as the commander have been providing a combat ready force, developing Airmen, caring for our families and optimizing our resources. Now that so many of our warriors are deploying, I will be shifting my weight of effort to caring for our families and ensuring they receive the support they need. I also want to thank the Tucson community for providing such a supportive environment for our service members and of their families while they are called away,” said Colonel James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander.
The full U.S. European Command announcement can be read here: