186th Air Refueling Wing

Base Tour Safety Brief

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  • Welcome to the 186th Air Refueling Wing – the best Air Mobility Unit, the standard by which others are measured!

  • If an emergency arises today and we have to evacuate a building, follow your tour guide and he or she will instruct you where to go. 

  • You are allowed to take photographs.  If there are any photography restrictions during your tour, your guide will ask you to put away your devices. 

  • In order to maintain safety, we ask that you remember the following:

    • Follow the directions of tour guides and military members at all times.

    • Be aware of automobile traffic on the base. 

    • No running at any time.

    • Horseplay is not allowed.

    • Do not operate military equipment, unless a military member has given you permission as safety is paramount!

    • When climbing a ladder or steps, maintain three points of contact. 

  • Most importantly, thank you for your interest in what we have to offer at Key Field Air National Guard Base!

Base Tour Policy

186th Air Refueling Wing Base Tour Policy

Revised April 2018

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 Tour Information

Base tours are offered to local civic organizations, schools and youth groups, middle-school age and older to educate people about the 186th Air Refueling Wing and its missions. Tours are free of charge and can be subject to last-minute cancellations due to mission requirements, resource availability, and inclement weather. We do not accommodate tour requests to combine different groups. Tours are limited to not more than two a month. Tours are offered throughout the year on Wednesdays and/or Fridays not preceding a drill weekend and are scheduled on a first-requested, first-served basis. Base tours are available to groups of 10 to 40 people. Tours for children under the age of 12 (6th graders) will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be requested by a 186th Air Refueling Wing sponsor who will be able to accompany the group.


Requesting a Tour

Tour requests must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the date of the tour and requested through the 186 ARW Public Affairs Office. Tours are coordinated one month in advance. Groups requesting a tour must complete the Tour Request Form and e-mail or fax it back to or (601) 484-9099. If you have further questions, a public affairs representative can be reached at (601) 484-9803 or (601) 484-9442.


Tour Itinerary

Tours start at 9 a.m. and are scheduled for a maximum of 2 hours. These guided tours end no later than 11 a.m. and are subject to limited availability. Tours of the 186th may include various organizations on base to include static displays; however, no particular activities can be guaranteed. Every effort will be made to honor your request, but ultimately, we work around our daily operations schedule and mission requirements. In these cases, a tour may be cancelled at any time, without notice. There will be no substitutions during these cases.



Groups are responsible for providing their own transportation. All buses/vans must arrive 20-30 minutes early to the Main Gate for security processing. Groups will be met at the Main Gate by the tour host who will escort the group and remain with them for the duration of the tour. If a group is more than 10 minutes late, tour itinerary is subject to change.



Photography is allowed on the tour; however, there may be some restrictions. Your tour guide will inform you of these restrictions.


Required Attire

Closed-toe shoes are required on all tours. Additionally, tour guests cannot wear tank tops, cut off t-shirts or attire that contains offensive material.


Additional Information

No tours will be given on drill weekends, federal holidays or during exercises. 

Tours are limited to not more than two a month.

All requests are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Tour participants are not permitted to operate military equipment when there is a safety risk.

Tour participants must be under the supervision of a tour escort/military member at all times.

Tour participants will follow the direction of tour guides and military members at all times.

Tour participants 18 and older must present a valid driver’s license or i.d. card to be allowed on the base.

Public Affairs Office

186 ARW Public Affairs

Public Affairs does not act as an operator service. They do not have the capability to redirect incoming calls to other offices. Please contact the base operator for these services.

Base Operator 601-484-9000

186 ARW
6225 M Street
Meridian, MS  39307-7112

601-484-9803, 601-484-9422 or 601-484-9580

Click to e-mail the 186ARW Public Affairs Office!

Base Tour Risk Assessment

You can find the complete Base Tour Risk Assessment here.  For further questions, contact Public Affairs at 601-484-9803 or 601-484-9580.