We fuel the fight through combat-ready Airmen, aircraft and mission support.

Our vision is to set the standard for the next generation of Rapid Global Mobility.


22d Air Refueling Wing Fact Sheet


Published April 2020



The 22d Air Refueling Wing (ARW) is the host unit of McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The wing is part of 18th Air Force, a numbered Air Force within Air Mobility Command. The 22 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.

The wing's 17 squadrons (16 at McConnell AFB, one at Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire) combine for a force of approximately 3,500 active duty military members.


The base is Total Force, hosting 931st Air Refueling Wing Air Force Reserve and the 184th Wing Air National Guard units. The base's total force strength is around 6,924 personnel. The base also supports 7,948 retirees.

The wing’s primary mission includes the delivery of global air refueling capabilities, both conventional and unconventional, to U.S. armed forces, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and coalition allied aircraft using the KC-135 Stratotanker. The aircraft also doubles as an airlift and aeromedical evacuation carrier. The first KC-46A Pegasus was delivered to McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas on Jan. 25, 2019. The aircraft has been in development since Feb. 24, 2011, and its initial flight occurred in Dec. 2014. The KC-46 represents the beginning of a new era in aerial refueling, and will provide a vital capability to the U.S. Air Force and joint partners.

The 22 ARW was established as the 22d Bombardment Wing (BMW), Medium, on 1 August 1948. It was later re-designated as the 22nd Bombardment Wing, Heavy. The wing began its tanker-exclusive history on 1 October 1982 as the 22 AREFW, Heavy.


As the 22 BMW, Medium, and later Heavy, and under the authority of Strategic Air Command (SAC), the unit flew a host of bomber and tanker support aircraft up to October 1982 including the KC-97 Stratofreighter (1952), B-47 Stratojet (1953), B-52D Stratofortress (1963) and KC-135A Stratotanker (1963).  The B-52D was replaced by the KC-10A Extender in 1982.  In January 1994, USAF reorganization efforts moved the 22 ARW to its current home station and flying the KC-135R/T/RT model Stratotankers.  


The approved emblem of the 22 ARW consist of an Ultramarine Blue shield bordered with Air Force Yellow (The USAF colors).  In the center lies a yellow cougar’s paw with extended red claws signifying armed power.  Beneath the shield is a scroll bearing the unit motto: DUCEMUS (pronounced DO-CAME-US), written in the Latin and translated as “We Shall Lead.”

During the 1990s, the wing deployed crews and aircraft to support no-fly missions over northern and southern Iraq and over Bosnia and 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 22 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.

Team McConnell’s impact extend beyond the boundaries of mission and well into the economic health of the greater-Wichita area economy.

The total impact on the local economy of McConnell AFB and its tenants for FY18 was $617.2 million, within a 50-mile radius of the base.

(Current as of April 2020)




  • By
If you have been sexually assaulted or think you may have been:

Go to a safe location.

Contact the McConnell Air Force Base Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, or health care personnel. You may also contact your chain of command or law enforcement (military or civilian), however if you do, an investigation will occur and you will not have the option of making a Restricted Report (see below).

Seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries, you may be at risk of becoming pregnant or acquiring a sexually transmitted disease.
- Ask health care personnel to conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE) to preserve forensic evidence.
- If you suspect you had been drugged, request that a urine sample be collected.

Preserve all evidence of the assault. Do not bathe, wash your hands or brush your teeth. Do not clean or straighten up the crime scene.

Write down, tape or record by any other means all the details you can recall about the assault and your assailant.

Reporting Options: Restricted / Unrestricted Reporting

Restricted Reporting
This option is for victims of sexual assault who wish to confidentially disclose the crime to specifically identified individuals and receive medical treatment and services without triggering the official investigative process. Service members who are sexually assaulted and desire restricted reporting under this policy must report the assault to a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Victim Advocate (VA), or a health care personnel.

Health care personnel will initiate the appropriate care and treatment, and report the sexual assault to the SARC in lieu of reporting the assault to law enforcement or the chain of command. Upon notification of a reported sexual assault, the SARC will immediately assign an advocate to the victim. The assigned Victim Advocate will provide accurate information on the process of restricted and/or unrestricted reporting.

At the victim's discretion/request an appropriately trained health care personnel shall conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE), which may include the collection of evidence. In the absence of a Department of Defense provider, the Service member will be referred to an appropriate civilian facility for the SAFE.

Who May Make A Restricted Report
Restricted reporting is available at this time only to military personnel of the Armed Forces and the Coast Guard. Military personnel include members on active duty and members of the Reserve component (Reserve and National Guard) provided they are performing federal duty (active duty training or inactive duty training and members of the National Guard in Federal (Title 10) status). Members of the Reserve Component not performing Federal duty are not eligible. Retired members of any component are not eligible. Dependents aged 18 years and older are also eligible to make a restricted report. Department of Defense civilian employees are not eligible.

Considerations when Electing a Restricted Report

You receive appropriate medical treatment, advocacy, and counseling. ยท Provides some personal space and time to consider your options and to begin the healing process.

Empowers you to seek relevant information and support to make more informed decisions about participating in the criminal investigation.
You control the release and management of your personal information.
You decide whether and when to move forward with initiating an investigation.

Unrestricted Reporting
This option is for victims of sexual assault who desire medical treatment, referral services and an official investigation of the crime. When selecting unrestricted reporting, you should use current reporting channels, e.g. chain of command, law enforcement or report the incident to the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), or request health care personnel to notify law enforcement. Upon notification of a reported sexual assault, the SARC will immediately assign a Victim Advocate (VA). At the victim's discretion/request, health care personnel shall conduct a sexual assault forensic examination (SAFE), which may include the collection of evidence. Details regarding the incident will be limited to only those personnel who have a legitimate need to know.

Additional Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting considerations can be further be discussed with your Sexual Assault Response Coordinator or VA.

Role of the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is considered the center of gravity when it comes to ensuring that victims of sexual assault receive appropriate and responsive care. They serve as the single point of contact to coordinate sexual assault victim care. The term Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is a standardized term utilized throughout the Department of Defense and the Services to facilitate communication and transparency regarding sexual assault response capability.

Role of the Victim Advocate
The Victim Advocate (VA) provides essential support and care to the victim to include providing non-clinical information on available options and resources to assist the victim in making informed decisions as they progress through resolution and healing. The VA maintains communications and contact with victim as needed for continued victim support.