186th Air Refueling Wing [186th ARW]
The 186th Air Refueling Wing deployed in support of operations in Bosnia. It also deployed to Aviano AB, Italy, and to Rhein-Main AB, Germany, in support of Kosovo-related operations.
The 186th ARW deployed, in January 2001, two aircraft and 47 Mississippians to Turkey. The unit flew 203 hours and delivered almost two million pounds of fuel to support Operation Northern Watch. Additional deployments to Iceland and France were scheduled to follow soon afterward.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to realign Key Field Air Guard Station, MS. It would distribute the 186th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135R aircraft to the 128th Air Refueling Wing (ANG), General Mitchell Air Guard Station, WI (three aircraft); the 134th Air Refueling Wing (ANG), McGhee-Tyson Airport Air Guard Station, TN (three aircraft); and 101st Air Refueling Wing (ANG), Bangor International Airport Air Guard Station, ME (two aircraft). One aircraft would revert to backup aircraft inventory. The 186th Air Refueling Wing's fire fighter positions would move to the 172d Air Wing at Jackson International Airport, MS, and the expeditionary combat support (ECS) would remain in place.
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