92d Air Refueling Wing: Wikis


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92d Air Refueling Wing
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92d Air Refueling Wing emblem
Active 1942-Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Combat Operations
Role Air Refueling
Garrison/HQ Fairchild Air Force Base
Motto DUPLUM INCOLUMITATIS - Twofold Security
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Arthur Lichte

The 92d Air Refueling Wing (92 ARW) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Mobility Command Eighteenth Air Force. It is stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The wing is also the host unit at Fairchild.

The 92nd ARW is responsible for providing air refueling, as well as rapid and reliable passenger and cargo airlift and aero-medical evacuation missions supporting U.S. and coalition conventional operations as well as U.S. Strategic Command strategic deterrence missions.

The wing has a long and distinguished history. Its 92d Operations Group is a successor organization to the World War II 92d Bombardment Group. It was the first VIII Bomber Command B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombardment group to carry out strategic bombardment operations against targets in Occupied Europe and Nazi Germany from RAF Bovingdon, England in September 1942. Active for over 60 years, the 92d Bombardment Wing was a component organization of Strategic Air Command's deterrent force during the Cold War, as a strategic bombardment wing.

The 92d Air Refueling Wing is commanded by Colonel Robert D. Thomas. Its Command Chief Master Sergeant is Chief Master Sergeant David R. Nordel.



The 92d ARW operates 34 KC-135 R/T Stratotanker refueling aircraft valued at $1.6 billion and 58 aircrews to support worldwide military missions. As the host unit to Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., the wing controls 4,223 acres and 1,248 buildings.

The wing employs over 2,200 active-duty military, as well as over 700 civilian employees. It supports Air Mobility Command's mission, providing global reach air power and deploying expeditionary combat support forces in support of worldwide contingency requirements. The 92nd ARW capability of aerial refueling enhances the Air Force's ability to accomplish its primary missions of Global Reach and Global Power.


The 92nd Air Refueling Wing is structured under four groups: Operations, maintenance, mission support and medical, as well as 12 staff agencies organized under the Director of Staff.

Primarily responsible for two flying squadrons. The 92nd Air Refueling Squadron and the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron both fly the KC-135 Stratotanker. The 92nd Operations Support Squadron manages functions such as intelligence, weather, tactics, aircrew training, life support supervision, airfield management, air traffic control, combat crew communications and current operations. The 92nd OSS is also responsible for managing the airfield, weather station, control tower and flight simulator for the wing.
  • 92d Maintenance Group (92 MXG)
Provides field-level maintenance support for 34 KC-135 R/T aircraft and 240 pieces of aerospace ground equipment supporting peace and wartime worldwide aerial refueling and airlift operations. The group also provides services for transient contract and military aircraft. Furthermore, the 92nd Maintenance Group maintains a high state of combat readiness for over 650 personnel and equipment supporting worldwide contingency and nuclear deterrence operations, while also maintaining base munitions.
  • '92d Mission Support Group (92 MSG)
Provides professional civil engineer, communications, contracting, logistics, mission support, security forces, and combat, community, and family support services for Fairchild and expeditionary commanders. Additionally, through the wing's Air Expeditionary Force Cell, the 92nd MSG integrates all wing readiness functions to train, deploy and reintegrate up to 1,300 warriors annually who deploy from Fairchild to fight the Global War on Terrorism.
  • 92d Medical Group (92 MDG)
Serves more than 12,640 military beneficiaries, with a staff of 308 and an annual budget of $12.3 million. The medical clinic receives over 53,688 outpatient visits and 12,975 dental visits annually. The group currently manages the 92nd Aeromedical Dental Squadron, 92nd Medical Operations Squadron and the 92d Medical Support Squadron.

Wing staff agencies consist of a variety of functions. These functions include legal, plans and programs, safety, command and control, chapel, public affairs, military equal opportunity, sexual assault prevention program, protocol, history and the inspector general.


For additional history and lineage, see 92d Operations Group


  • Established as 92d Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy, and organized, on 17 Nov 1947
Redesignated: 92d Bombardment Wing, Medium, on 12 Jul 1948
Redesignated: 92d Bombardment Wing, Heavy, on 16 Jun 1951
Redesignated: 92d Strategic Aerospace Wing on 15 Feb 1962
Redesignated: 92d Bombardment Wing, Heavy, on 31 Mar 1972
Redesignated: 92d Wing on 1 Sep 1991
Redesignated: 92d Bomb Wing on 1 Jun 1992
Redesignated: 92d Air Refueling Wing on 1 Jul 1994.


Attached to 3d Air Division, 16 Oct 1954-12 Jan 1955 and 26 Apr-6 Jul 1956
Attached to 14th Strategic Aerospace Division, 15 Jun- 1 Jul 1968




  • 92d Bombardment (later, 92d Operations) Group: 17 Nov 1947-16 Jun 1952 (detached 7 Feb-19 May 1949 and 9 Jul-30 Oct 1950); 1 Sep 1991-Present
  • 98th Bombardment Group: attached 17 Nov 1947-21 Aug 1948, 10 Dec 1948-16 May 1949, and 18 Aug 1949-15 Apr 1950; rear echelon (no aircraft or crews) attached 2 Aug 1950-16 Apr 1951
  • 454th Bombardment Group: attached 27 Jun 1949-16 Jun 1951


  • 22d Air Refueling: 15 Jun 1960-1 Jul 1962
  • 43d Air Refueling: 2 Apr 1966-1 Sep 1991 (detached c. 22 Mar-8 Jul 1968 and 9 Jun-14 Sep 1969)
  • 92d Air Refueling: 1 Jul 1957-1 Sep 1991 (detached 1 Jul-13 Sep 1957)
  • 325th Bombardment: attached 16 Feb 1951-15 Jun 1952, assigned 16 Jun 1952-1 Sep 1991
  • 326th Bombardment: attached 16 Feb 1951-15 Jun 1952, assigned 16 Jun 1952-1 Apr 1961 (detached 1 Mar-1 Apr 1961)
  • 327th Bombardment: attached 16 Feb 1951-15 Jun 1952, assigned 16 Jun 1952-1 Jun 1960
  • 567th Strategic Missile: 1 Apr 1960-25 Jun 1965.


Aircraft and missiles


Strategic Air Command

Served as a double-sized B-29 wing, Nov 1947-Apr 1950, and May 1950-Apr 1951, although one bomb group was generally deployed overseas for training or combat in Korea. Supervised a Reserve corollary bomb group, Jun 1949-Feb 1951. Pioneered mass B-36 deployments to the Far East, Aug-Sep 1953. Deployed at Andersen AFB, Guam, 16 Oct 1954-12 Jan 1955 and 26 Apr-6 Jul 1956.

Added air refueling operations to bombardment mission in Sep 1957. From Jul 1961 to Aug 1965, controlled an Atlas missile squadron. Supported SAC activities in Southeast Asia from early 1965 to Dec 1975 through deployment of bomber and tanker aircraft and crews. From Mar-Sep 1968, Mar-Sep 1969, and Jun 1972-Oct 1973, all wing B-52s and many KC-135s, plus aircrews and support personnel, were involved in Southeast Asia operations. After 1975, performed joint USAF/Navy sea reconnaissance and surveillance missions. In 1983, the Wing's B-52Gs were modified to carry AGM-86B Air-Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCM). In 1985, upgraded to B-52H with improved strategic weapons carriage and offensive electronics capabilities. Earned the Fairchild Trophy in 1953, 1986, and again in 1992 when it won SAC's last competition and retired the trophy. Also won the Saunders Trophy for best air refueling unit in SAC for 1992. Provided KC-135 aircraft to tanker task forces in the US, Europe, and the Pacific through 1992.

Modern era

Ended B-52 alert duties in Sep 1992, and ended bombardment mission in 1994. Operational squadrons routinely augmented AMC's overseas tanker task forces in Panama, Europe, Turkey, and Southwest Asia to support contingency operations. Deployed personnel and aircraft to expeditionary bases in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Spain to support Operation ALLIED FORCE in 1999.

In 1999 the Wing became the 92d Air Expeditionary Wing at Morón Air Base in Spain, tasked with providing fuel to Operation Allied Force. In addition to serving as the HQ 92 AEW (serving units in France, Crete, Sicily and Spain), Morón hosted 37 tankers (KC-135 and KC-10) and 800 personnel. The 92 AEW became the largest Tanker Wing since the Vietnam War and held the distinction of being the largest tanker base during the Kosovo war.


PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Ravenstein, Charles A. Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories, 1947-1977. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1984.

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