Bangor IAP is located inside the city limits of Bangor, Maine. It is the home of the 101st Air Refueling Wing whose mission is to provide air refueling, airlift and mobility missions. Bangor is approximately 130 miles north of Portland, Maine, which is the largest city in the state of Maine. The base is 260 acres in size, of which 157.97 is leased land and 102.03 is fee-owned land. There are a total of 43 facilities on base, 32 industrial, 6 administrative and 5 services with no family housing. Current base population is approximately 450 personnel during non-drill duty days and increases to approximately 1100 personnel on a drill duty weekend that occurs once per month.
The U.S. Air Force's over-the-horizon-backscatter (OTH-B) air defense radar system ECRS Operations Center was located at Bangor ANGB.
Bangor International Airport (BGR) is owned and operated by the City of Bangor, Maine. The Airport is operated as an "enterprise fund," which means that the expense of operating Bangor International Airport comes from Airport revenue.
In December 2001 Bangor International Airport (BGR) annouced the inclusion of $10 million in funding for reconstruction of the airport's runway in the Department of Defense' annual appropriation bill. The announcement caps five years of study and planning for the reconstruction of the runway. Originally built in 1958, BGR's 11,439' foot long by 300' wide runway is the longest active runway East of the Mississippi. BGR can handle any commercial or military airplane flying and serves as a joint-use airfield, conducting both civil and military operations simultaneously. Aside from ongoing maintenance, this will be the first major upgrade to the runway since its construction.
Secretary of Defense Recommendations: In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to realign Birmingham International Airport Air Guard Station (AGS), AL. It would distribute the 117th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135R aircraft to the 101st Air Refueling Wing, Bangor International Airport AGS (two aircraft) and two other bases.
DoD als recommended to realign Key Field Air Guard Station, MS. It would distribute the 186th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135R aircraft to the 101st Air Refueling Wing (ANG), Bangor International Airport AGS (two aircraft) and two other locations.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to close Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (ARS), NY. It would distribute the eight KC-135R aircraft of the 107th Air Refueling Wing (ANG) to the 101st Air Refueling Wing (ANG), Bangor IAP AGS. The 101st would subsequently retire its eight KC-135E aircraft.
Secretary of Defense Justifications: Although Bangor (123) ranked lower than Birmingham (63) (see BRAC Recommendation for rank explanation), DoD's military judgment argued in favor of retaining and adding force structure to this installation to increase its overall effectiveness. Bangor would be increased in squadron size from 8 to 12 aircraft because of its critical role in the Northeast Tanker Task Force, as well as its participation in the transatlantic air bridge.
Military judgment argued for the increased unit size at Bangor because of its critical role as host base for Northeast Tanker Task Force support to the transatlantic air bridge. Bangor would gain additional KC-135 aircraft to its maximum available capacity, increasing both effectiveness and unit capability.
This third recommendation would distribute more capable KC-135R aircraft to Bangor (123), replacing the older, less capable KC-135E aircraft, which it would use to support the Northeast Tanker Task Force and the Atlantic air bridge.
Commission Findings: The DoD justification for closing Niagara Falls ARS was part of a larger effort to restructure the C-130 fleet from reserve units to active-duty units at Little Rock, in order to address an imbalance in the C-130 active/reserve manning structure. It also was intended to relocate the KC-135Rs to replace older KC-135E tankers at Bangor International Airport Air Guard Station.
Commission Recommendations: Establish 10 PAA KC-135R/T at the 101st Air Refueling Wing (ANG), Bangor International Airport Air Guard Station, Maine. The 101st Air Refueling Wing KC-135E aircraft will be transferred to the Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC) at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, for appropriate disposal as economically unserviceable aircraft.
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