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22nd ARW Fact Sheet


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The 22nd Air Refueling Wing is the host unit of McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The wing is part of 18th Air Force, a numbered Air Force within Air Mobility Command.

The wing's 17 squadrons (16 at McConnell AFB, one at Pease Air National Guard Base) combine for a force of approximately 2,898 active duty military members. The base's total force strength is around 6,924 personnel. The base also supports 7,948 retirees.

The wing's mission is to conduct air refueling and airlift operations supporting national objectives worldwide, in any condition or climate using the KC-135 Stratotanker.

The 22nd ARW was established as the 22nd Bombardment Wing, Medium, on July 28, 1948. It was later redesignated as the 22nd Bombardment Wing, Heavy. The wing began its tanker history on March 15, 1963 as the 22nd ARW, Heavy.

The 22nd ARW has been and continues to be involved in a number of operations providing air refueling, humanitarian airlift, and aeromedical evacuation missions around the globe.

During the 1990s, the wing deployed crews and aircraft to support no-fly missions over northern and southern Iraq and over Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 1999, wing aircraft and crews deployed to the Mediterranean to refuel Allied aircraft over Serbia.

After the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. in September 2001, wing-supplied tanker crews and aircraft refueled combat aircraft on missions to the Afghanistan area.

Airmen assigned to the 22nd ARW have also supported the Korean Conflict, Operation Urgent Fury, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Northern Watch, Operation Deliberate Force, Operation Allied Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Odyssey Dawn and a number of tanker task forces.

The total impact on the local economy of McConnell AFB and its tenants for FY14 was $754.2 million, within a 50-mile radius of the base.