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132nd Air Refueling Squadron [132nd ARS]

The 132nd Air Refueling Squadron was originally consituted as the 528th BS (Dive). It was activated in March 1942 at Rogers Field, OK.

During the course of World War II, the 528th took part in combat operations in the CBI theater before being inactivated at Fort Lawton, WA in January 1946.

Reconstituted as the 132nd Fighter Squadron, the unit was alloted to the Maine National Guard and federally recognized at Dow Field, Bangor, ME, on February 5, 1947.

The 132nd was called to active duty as a result of the Korean war and tasked with providing air defense for the Northeast United States from Dow AFB, ME. The squadron eventually returned under state control on November 1, 1951 while remaining at Dow AFB.

The squadron was reassigned to Air Defense Command in July 1960 and reaching group status as the 101st Fighter Interceptor Gropup in December of 1960.

The mission of the 132nd changed in 1976 to an air refueling one as the squadron transitioned to the KC-135A aircraft. During that period, the squadron was reassigned to Strategic Air COmmand on April 1, 1976.

The 132nd converted to the KC-135E in 1985.

The squadron was called to active duty as part of Operations Desert Shield/Storm.

The squadrong was redesignated as the 132nd Air Refueling Squadron in March 1992 before being reassigned, along with its parent wing, the 101st Air Refueling Wing, to Air Mobility Command in June 1992.

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