905th Air Refueling Squadron [905th ARS]
The 905th Air Refueling Squadron was constituted as the 505th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 3 September 1942 and activated on 7 September 1942 at Salt Lake City AAB, UT. It was assigned to the 346th Bombardment Group and flew the B-24. It relocated to Smoky Hill AAB, KS, on 3 October 1942 and then to Dyersburg AAFld, TN, on 26 Feb 1943 where it inactivated on 1 April 1944. From November 1942-c. October 1943, the squadron served as a replacement training unit.
The squadron was consolidated on 19 September 1985 with the 905th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy, which was constituted, and activated, on 12 October 1959. It was assigned to Strategic Air Command. The squadron organized on 1 February 1960 at Grand Forks AFB, ND, as a unit of the 4133rd Strategic Wing. The squadron began conducting global refueling operations when it transitioned to the KC-135 aircraft in May 1960.
The 905th was reassigned to the 319th Bombardment Wing, on 1 February 1963.
The 905th provided air refueling support for combat operations in Southeast Asia (1965-1975), and the invasion of Panama(December 1989). The squadron also provided personnel and aircraft for air refueling operations in Southwest Asia (13 August 1990-9 April 1991). The squadron has also deployed in support of Operations Provide Comfort, Impressive Partner, Restore Hope I and II, Deny Flight, Southern Watch and Vigilant Warrior.
The next organizational change would not take place until 1 September 1991 when the squadron was redesignated as the 905th Air Refueling Squadron and assigned to the 319th Operations Group. It was reassigned to the 305th Operations Group, on 1 June 1992; to the 43rd Operations Group, on 1 July 1993; and to the 319th Air Refueling Wing's Operations Group, on 1 October 1993.
In 1999, the Rhinos of the 905th ARS flew over 4,000 mishap-free hours supporting Operations Southern and Northern Watch, Allied Force, Phoenix Duke, and Joint Forge.
The 905th was the first squadron in the USAF to go fully operational with the newly modified Pacer CRAG version of KC-135R.
The squadron validated 3-person tanker operations in both the high-threat conventional environment and as part of the Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP).
The mission of the 905th Air Refueling Squadron is to organize, train, and equip KC-135R/T aircrew members as a combat force multiplier for rapid global mobilization, worldwide deployment, aerial refueling, and airlift operations for the US and its allies. The 905th ARS enables Global Engagement by maintaining an all-weather warfighting capability in support of conventional and special operations, contingency taskings, and the nation's Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP).
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