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  • Al and Fred Key

    At 12:32 p.m. on June 4, 1935, brothers Al and Fred Key lifted off the grass strip of Meridian's airport in an effort to break the world record for sustained flight. Working with other Meridianites such as A.D. Hunter and James Keeton, the Key brothers devised a workable method of air-to-air refueling in order to attempt this feat. The record they
  • College Tuition Assistance

    (SEAP) State Education Assistance Program The State Education Assistance Program is a great benefit of the Air National Guard. The SEAP will pay up to $4500 a year or $250 per semester hour to any State or Private College for tuition. Make sure you take advantage of this great benefit! Student Loan Repayment The Student Loan Repayment program will
  • Commander's Welcome

    Colonel Franklin E. Chalk is the Wing Commander, 186th Air Refueling Wing, Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian, MS. The 186th Air Refueling Wing provides over 1,000 personnel and nine KC-135Rs to Air Mobility Command for worldwide missions. The Wing also supports counter-drug missions with an RC-26B aircraft. Colonel Chalk has served in
  • History of the 186th

    Welcome to the 186th Air Refueling Wing, where in-flight refueling was born. When Al and Fred Key took off in their Curtis-Robbin monoplane nicknamed the "Ole Miss" on June 4, 1935, they could not have known the impact their 27-day flight would have on not only their city and state, but the entire world. The equipment and methods used by these
  • Join the Air National Guard

    Welcome to Key Field ANG. Our team of highly trained professionals are here to ensure you get the best assistance in reaching your career goals by becoming a proud member of the Mississippi Air National Guard, The greatest Air National Guard unit in the nation. Our team has helped hundreds of individuals fulfill there goals of becoming enlisted
  • KC-135R Stratotanker

    The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years. This unique asset enhances the Air Force's capability to accomplish its primary missions of Global Reach and Global Power. It also provides aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps and allied nation aircraft. The KC-135 is also capable of transporting litter and ambulatory patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations.