186th Air Refueling Wing, Mississippi Air National Guard: Units

This page briefly describes the individual units that make up the 186th Air Refueling Wing and the Mississippi Air National Guard. Learn about our hardworking men and women, working everyday to keep our nation safe.

153rd Air Refueling Squadron

The 153rd Air Refueling Squadron is a unit under the 186th Air Refueling Wing.The 153rd flies the KC-135 Stratotanker. The KC-135 provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years. Read full fact sheet of the 153rd Air Refueling Squadron.

238th ASOS

The 238th Air Support Operations Squadron is a tenant unit of the 186th Air Refueling Wing. The 238th began in 1954 as a communication service flight and has undergone numerous changes, but the most recent designation of Air Support has added new excitement at Key Field. The 238th ASOS mission is to provide the interface between the Army units it supports and the Air Force units that provide combat air support. The squadron advises the ground commander on the capabilities and limitations of combat aircraft weapons and assists in planning for combat air support. Since becoming fully operational in 2003, the 238th has participated in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom as well as numerous joint services exercises.

248th ATCS

The Wing's 248 th Air Traffic Control Squadron was commissioned on October the first of 1997. The squadron consists of approximately 90 members who are responsible for all air traffic control operations at Key Field including military, commercial, and civilian flights. Assets include a Mobile Tower , Mobile Radar and Mobile TACAN. The tower, radar and TACAN can be deployed and operational within 24 hours.

Operations Group

The Operations Group is made up of highly experienced members, including the 153rd Air Refueling Squadron, intelligence, plans, scheduling, training, standardization and evaluations, and Air Field Operations.

Maintenance Group

The Maintenance Group maintains the aircraft fleet with mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, fabrication, and other specialists working in maintenance shops. Flight line personnel handle minor aircraft maintenance and aircraft launching and recovering operations.

Mission Support Group

The Mission Support Group furnishes a wide range of services, including communications, supply, fuels, transportation, personnel, civil engineering, security forces, crash/fire rescue, environmental management, food service, contracting and readiness.

Medical Group

The Medical Group manages the health services for all assigned Air Guard units, as well as providing flight physicals for the Army National Guard.

186th Air Operations Group

The 186th Air Operations Group, which provides First Air Force staff augmentation to support the homeland defense mission and deliver defense support to civil authorities during domestic events. Members serve as the focal point for planning, directing, and assessing operations across the spectrum of Air, Space, Maritime and Cyber Operations.

Public Affairs Office

186th Wing Public Affairs
186 ARW
6225 M Street
Meridian, MS 39307-7112
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