Grissom JARB, Indiana
Grissom Air Reserve Base is one of twelve Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) facilities in the US. The base is one of the few "stand alone" facilities, where the 434th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) maintains and operates the entire base infrastructure. The base is located on 1,100 acres of land, nestled in the corn and soybean fields of north-central Indiana. The unit employs over 700 civilians who provide the continuity of a Reserve unit to more than 1100 reservists who train monthly at the base.
Grissom ARB was named in the honor of Lt. Col. Virgil Grissom. The base was realigned as an Air Force Reserve facility in October 1994. Today, the base is home to the 434TH. Air Refueling Wing and is one of only four Air Reserve Bases in the nation.
The mission of the 434 ARW is to provide mid-air refueling to long-range bombers,fighters, and cargo aircraft. The KC-135's provide support to all major commands of the Air Force as well as the Navy, Marine Corps and allied nations.
The 434TH ARW is one of the key refueling units in the Air Force Reserve. The 434th ARW regularly participates in exercises and front-line operations to support America's national interests.
During the summer of 2003 nine Air Force Reserve Command installations were re-designated joint bases or stations to reflect the multiservice use of the facilities. The locations and their new designations are: Dobbins Joint Air Reserve Base, Ga.; Grissom JARB, Ind.; Homestead JARB, Fla.; March JARB, Calif.; Minneapolis-St. Paul Joint Air Reserve Station, Minn.; Niagara Falls JARS, N.Y.; Pittsburgh JARS, Pa.; Westover JARB, Mass.; and Youngstown JARS, Ohio.
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