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99th Air Refueling Squadron [99th ARS]

The 99th Air Refueling Squadron was constituted as the 9th Reconnaissance Squadron (Heavy) on 28 January 1942. It was redesignated as the 399th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 22 April 1942 and activated on 15 July 1942 at Salt Lake City AAB, UT, as apart of the 88th Bombardment Group. Flying the B-17, the squadron was tasked with conducting operational training (October-November 1942) and later replacement training unit(December 1942-May 1943 and November 1943-April 1944).

The squadron inactivated on 1 May 1944 at Avon Park AAFld, FL.

The squadron consolidated on 19 September 1985 with the 99th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy, which was constituted on 12 February 1957 and activated on 1 July 1957 at Turner AFB, GA, as a unit of the 4050th Air Refueling Wing, with the KC-135 as its primary aircraft.

The squadron relocated to Westover AFB, MA, on 22 August 1957 and was tasked with theater and overseas aerial refueling, beginning in 1958.

The unit was reassigned to the 499th Air Refueling Wing, on 1 January 1963. Two years later, the squadron mission was enlarged to include airborne command post mission (1965-1970). Adding the EC-135 to its aircraft inventory in 1965, which it flew until 1970, the unit was reassigned to the 99th Bombardment Wing, on 1 January 1966. From 1965 to 1973, the 99th provided support of operations in Southeast Asia. It inactivated on 30 September 1973.

The 99th was reactivated on 1 October 1983 at Robins AFB, GA, and assigned to the 19th Air Refueling Wing, flying the KC-135 aircraft. The squadron was tasked with worldwide aerial refueling, and starting in 1984, with an airborne command post mission. The EC-135 was added to the squadron's inventory in 1984. The squadron supported operations in Grenada (23-24 October 1983); Panama (18-21 December 1989); and Southwest Asia (August 1990-March 1991).

It was redesignated 99th Air Refueling Squadron on 1 September 1991 and reassigned to the 19th Operations Group. That same year, the EC-137 was added to the 99th ARS' inventory.

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