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    Congressman Guest holds roundtable at the 186th Air Refueling Wing

    Congressman Michael Guest holds roundtable at the 186th Air Refueling Wing

    Photo By Maj. Sabrina Dalton | Col. Cynthia Smith, commander of the 186th Air Refueling Wing, briefs state and local...... read more read more



    Story by Maj. Sabrina Dalton 

    186th Air Refueling Wing

    KEY FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Miss. – Congressman Michael Guest held a roundtable at the 186th Air Refueling Wing, Sept. 25, 2023, to discuss efforts to bring the KC-46 Pegasus aircraft, the next generation of aerial refueling, to the base.

    “I am proud to represent the 186th Air Refueling Wing through my work in Congress. The reputation of the 186th as long-time leaders—pioneers—of air-to-air refueling is renowned, which makes it an ideal site for one of the upcoming KC-46 basing decisions. The Mississippi Congressional Delegation is fighting for the 186th in this effort, and I look forward to partnering
    with the Meridian community to continue demonstrating why the 186th is the most deserving of this key platform,” Guest said.

    Maj. Gen. Barry A. Blanchard, Assistant Adjutant General-Air, Mississippi National Guard and Commander of the Mississippi Air National Guard, along with Col. Cynthia Smith, 186th Air Refueling Wing Commander, briefed more than 50 state and local leaders on the current pursuit of the KC-46.

    “Securing the KC-46 mission is a key initiative and one of the highest priorities for our state leadership,” Blanchard said. “We thank our Mississippi Congressional delegation for their support.”

    “The 186th Air Refueling Wing holds major advantages such as location, cost, history, and expertise for consideration as home to this potential new mission,” Smith said. “We appreciate our partnership with the community, and our state and local leadership are crucial in vying for this new aircraft."

    Key Field, the birthplace and home of aerial refueling, possesses one of the few hangars in the Air National Guard that can hold two KC-135s or house the KC-46 with only minor modifications – a substantial cost savings to the U.S. Air Force. 

    In January of this year, Sen. Wicker and several state congressmen toured a KC-46 aircraft that was participating in aeromedical evacuation training at the base. U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (MS) and several state congressmen toured Key Field ANGB's existing infrastructure that is ready to house the U.S. Air Force’s most advanced aerial refueling aircraft, the KC-46.
    The 186th Air Refueling Wing provides over 1,100 personnel and eight KC-135R aircraft to Air Mobility Command for worldwide operations. Additional units at Key Field include the 238th Air Support Operations Squadron, the 248th Air Traffic Control Squadron, and the 186th Air Operations Group.



    Date Taken: 09.25.2023
    Date Posted: 09.26.2023 15:41
    Story ID: 454334
    Location: MERIDIAN, MS, US

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