507th Air Refueling Wing [507th ARW]
The 507th Air Refueling Wing (507th ARW) is one of two Air Force Reserve flying units in the state of Oklahoma. The Wing reports to Fourth Air Force and supports Air Mobility Command's airlift and air refueling requirements, United States Strategic Command's (USSTRATCOM) Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP) requirements, including overseas deployment, in times of peace, war, and national emergency as well as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight inspection requirements.
The wing is the host wing for the 931st Air Refueling Group, based at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, and also provides peacetime personnel and support functions for the 513th Air Control Group (ACG), 10th Air Force, serving as the latter's host reserve unit, the AFRC's first Airborne Warning and Control Systems organization.
The 507th consists of four subordinate groups, 15 squadrons and five flights and employs approximately 1,155 men and women. Approximately 184 members of the 507th are Air Reserve Technicians (ARTs) who serve as a full-time support cadre along with 20 traditional civilian employees. Approximately 350 additional reservists serve with the 931st ARG. The unit operates eight KC-135R "Stratotanker" air refueling aircraft and, as an associate unit, the FAA's British Aerospace BAE 125/800 "Hawker".
The 507th was activated at Tinker Air Force Base in 1972 as the 507th Fighter Group, flying the F-105D "Thunderchief". In 1980, the unit converted to the F-4D "Phantom" and then to the F-16A "Falcon" in 1990. In 1994, as a result of downsizing and restructuring within the Air Force, the 507th converted to its current KC-135R "Stratotanker" aerial refueling mission. In 1995, the 507th was a driving force in the creation and activation of the 513th Air Control Group (ACG), an Air Force Reserve Airborne Warning and Control Systems associate unit at Tinker AFB. In 1997, the 513th ACG became a direct reporting unit to the Air Force Reserve's 10th Air Force and Air Combat Command. The 507th ARW continues to provide support services to this new associate group.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD would realign Will Rogers AGS by relocating the 137th Airlift Wing (ANG) to Tinker AFB and associate with the 507th Air Refueling Wing (AFR). Associating the ANG operation at Will Rogers (64-airlift) with the AFR operation at Tinker (4-tanker) would consolidate and streamline Air Force reserve component operations in Oklahoma City at a base of high military value.
In another recommendation, DoD recommended to realign Portland IAP AGS, OR. It would realign the 939th Air Refueling Wing (AFR) by distributing the wing's KC-135R aircraft to the 507th Air Refueling Wing (AFR), Tinker AFB, OK (four aircraft) and another installation. Operations and maintenance manpower for four aircraft from the 939th Air Refueling Wing would be realigned with the aircraft to Tinker AFB. This recommendation would realign Portland's KC-135R tanker aircraft to Tinker(4) because of its higher military value than Portland (71) for the tanker mission. It would remain operationally effective due to their proximity to air refueling missions. This recommendation would also robust the Reserve squadron size at Tinker. Finally, an Air National Guard and Reserve KC-135 unit association would be established at Tinker to access Reserve experience and maximize regional Reserve participation in the aerial refueling mission.
507th Logistics Group
The 507th Logistics Group brings all logistics support activities under a single commander. The group staff is small, consisting primarily of quality assurance personnel supporting intermediate level maintenance. The Logistics Group consists of four squadrons: The 507th Maintenance, Aircraft Generation, Logistics Support, and Combat Logistics Support Squadrons.
The 507th Maintenance Squadron is responsible for all intermediate-level aircraft and support equipment maintenance. This includes all back shop maintenance support.
The 507th Aircraft Generation Squadron is responsible for directing all aircraft activities such as aircraft pre-flight generation and post-flight maintenance.
The 507th Logistics Support Squadron carries out all other logistics staff functions, including those pertaining to transportation, supply, contracting, fuels, maintenance training, and plans.
The 507th Combat Logistics Support Squadron provides trained technicians for field, intermediate, and depot-level aircraft maintenance and modification, as well as the critical aircraft battle damage repair mission. The squadron's supply section acts as purchasing agent for the unit, and a transportation section handles packaging and shipment of parts. Squadron members routinely deploy overseas to perform on-site aircraft maintenance.
507th Support Group
The Support Group commander oversees three squadrons and one flight: the Mission Support, Security Police, Civil Engineering Squadrons, and the Communications Flight.
The 507th Mission Support Squadron provides personnel management support to the entire 507th ARW, as well as for the 931st ARG and 513th ACG. It additionally supplies mortuary, billeting, and food service support.
The 707th Communications Flight provides backfill support to the 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon AFB, N.M. Their mission is to support the Wing Initial Communications Package-Associate. They perform setup, operation, and maintenance of voice and data communications systems essential to wing operations. These include all manner of radio, telephones, teletype, and computer systems. They also support 507th ARW activities.
The 507th Communications Flight is a consolidation of the Wing's Information Management, Race Eagle (deployment communications) and small computer support (software installation and trouble shooting) functions into one organization.
The 507th Civil Engineering Squadron trains and equips engineering teams for worldwide combat support. The squadron's personnel can perform rapid runway repair, structural bomb damage repair, fire fighting, and crash rescue.
The 507th Security Forces Squadron is tasked to provide air base ground defense and to protect weapon systems and support personnel. The squadron's Combat Arms Training Section trains wing personnel in the use of small arms.
507th Medical Squadron
The 507th ARW also has its own Medical Squadron to maintain medical records, give physical examinations and shots, and provide sick call and emergency care. Medical reservists integrate into the medical staff at the Tinker Air Force Base Hospital and, if mobilized, could augment a field hospital.
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