101st Air Refueling Wing [101st ARW]
The federal mission of the 101st Air Refueling Wing is to support the Air Force mission and to train personnel for wartime operations. The wing provides air refueling and airlift under Air Mobility Command. Since 1994, the 101st has operated the Northeast Tanker Task Force together with Pease AFB.
The state mission of the 101st ARW is to protect life and property, maintain peace and order, and provide civil defense capabilities. During Ice Storm 98, the 101st maintained a shelter in its hangar in conjunction with the Red Cross, and sent personnel out to help communities in clean-up operations so that electrical companies could access downed power lines.
From June 7, 1999 to July 1, 1999 the wing was called to active duty and deployed some aircraft and personnel to Incirlick AB Turkey in conjunction with the 108th Air Refueling Wing [ANG] from NJ to support Operations Northern Watch and Allied Force.
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. 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 these installations to increase their 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.
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. 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.
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. This 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.
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