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939th Air Refueling Wing
939th Air Refueling Wing.jpg
Active 15 January 1963 — present
Country United States
Branch Air Force
Type Aerial Refueling
Size 887 personnel
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ Portland Air Reserve Station
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
GallantryCrossRibbon.jpg RVGC w/ Palm
Colonel William Flanigan

The 939th Air Refueling Wing (939 ARW) was a wing of the United States Air Force based out of Portland Air Reserve Station, Oregon. It was an Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) flying unit operationally-gained by the Air Mobility Command (AMC). The wing was inactivated in 2008.



The last mission for the 939th Air Refueling Wing was to fly the KC-135R Stratotanker, providing air-to-air refueling and other worldwide air mobility support in support of the Air Mobility Command and combatant commanders.


The 939th transported personnel and equipment in support of Air Force operations, including missions to Vietnam and numerous humanitarian missions primarily in the western United States from 1963-1973.

From 1985, the 939th was known as the 939th Rescue Group (939 RQG), then 939th Rescue Wing (939 RQW), and controlled rescue squadrons at widely separated locations: the collocated 304th Rescue Squadron; the 301st and later the 39th in Florida; and the 305th, initially in Michigan until 1 September 1992 and then in Arizona from 1 October 1993. It provided considerable assistance to Florida and the 301st Rescue Squadron following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in August 1992. It also deployed aircrews from each of the squadrons to provide search and rescue (SAR) coverage worldwide, including to NAS Keflavik, Iceland, during and after the Southwest Asia War and to provide combat SAR coverage in the Persian Gulf area, 1993-2003.

In 2003, the 939th converted to an aerial refueling mission with KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft and was redesignated as the 939th Air Refueling Wing (939 ARW). Its rescue-specific units (i.e., the 304th Rescie Squadron, etc.) were reassigned as geographically-separated units to the newly-established 920th Rescue Wing in Florida.

The 939 ARW was inactivated in 2008 due to BRAC action and its KC-135R aircraft assets redistributed to other Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard units. The wing's former 304th Rescue Squadron remains in place at Portland ARS.



Previous designations

  • 939th Troop Carrier Group (1963 – 1967)
  • 939th Tactical Airlift Group (1967 – 1968)
  • 939th Military Airlift Group (1968 – 1985)
  • 939th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group (1985 – 1990)
  • 939th Air Rescue Wing (1990 – 1992)
  • 939th Rescue Wing (1992 – 2003)
  • 939th Air Refueling Wing (2003 – 2008)
  • 939th Air Refueling Wing (Present - The wing was shut down indefinitely on June 28, 2008 due to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission)


Major command

Numbered Air Force


Subordinate organizations

939th Operations Group (939 OG)

939th Maintenance Group (939 MXG)

  • 939th Maintenance Squadron (939 MXS)
  • 939th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (939 AMXS)
  • 939th Maintenance Operations Flight (939 MOF)

939th Mission Support Group (939 MSG)

  • 83d Aerial Port Squadron (83 APS)
  • 939th Civil Engineering Squadron (939 CES)
  • 939th Logistics Readiness Squadron (939 LRS)
  • 939th Security Forces Squadron (939 SFS)
  • 939th Communications Flight (939 CF)
  • 939th Mission Support Squadron (939 MSS)
  • 939th Services Flight (939 SVF)

939th Medical Squadron (939 MDS)

Bases stationed

Aircraft operated

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