92ND AIR REFUELING WING
The 92nd Air Refueling Wing operates KC-135 R/T Stratotanker aircraft to support worldwide military missions. The wing provides aerial refueling, as well as rapid and reliable passenger and cargo airlift and aeromedical evacuations. Fairchild’s missions support U.S. and coalition conventional operations and U.S. Strategic Command strategic deterrence missions.
Fairchild directly supports Air Mobility Command’s mission, providing global reach airpower and deploying expeditionary combat support forces to meet worldwide contingency requirements. The wing’s aerial refueling enhances the Air Force’s ability to accomplish its primary missions of global reach and global power.
The 92nd Air Refueling Wing comprises four groups, as well as numerous staff agencies. The 92nd Operations Group is responsible for the wing’s three flying squadrons and oversees the following functions: weather, tactics, aircrew training, aircrew flight equipment, airfield management, air traffic control, combat crew communications, current operations and the wing’s flight simulator. The 92nd Maintenance Group provides field-level maintenance support for the aircraft and aerospace ground equipment, supporting worldwide aerial refueling and airlift operations. The 92nd Mission Support Group provides professional civil engineers; communications; contracting; logistics; force support; security forces; and combat, community and family support services for Fairchild and expeditionary commanders. The 92nd Medical Group provides health care services for more than 11,000 beneficiaries, including active-duty members, retirees and their families. Wing staff agencies include legal, plans and programs, safety, command and control, the chapel, public affairs, equal opportunity, information protection, community support coordinator, drug demand reduction program, the comptroller squadron, the sexual assault prevention program, protocol, the historian and the inspector general.
141ST AIR REFUELING WING
The Air National Guard’s 41st Air Refueling Wing reports through the Washington state adjutant general to the governor to respond to natural disasters and civil unrest. In addition to its missions to protect life and property and preserve peace, order and public safety for the state, the wing also has a federal mission: to train, equip and deploy forces worldwide in support of specific contingency operations.
When mobilized by Congress or the president, the wing fulfills its constitutional role and supports Air Mobility Command’s airlift and aerial refueling requirements under the 18th Air Force. The 141st Air Refueling Wing trains to provide global aerial refueling to U.S. and allied aircraft, counterdrug surveillance and interdiction, and combat support across the spectrum of conflict.
The mobility needs of the modern military have seen 141st Air Refueling Wing tankers in all corners of the world. The wing has supported Air Expeditionary Forces in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Turkey, Hungary, North and South America, and Australia. Since becoming a refueling wing, the unit has supported American forces and allies in conflicts in Europe and the Middle East, as well as numerous peacetime and humanitarian missions at home and abroad.
The unit, which has approximately 900 authorized personnel, works in conjunction with the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, highlighting total force integration between active-duty and Air National Guard wings.