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    Four Airmen from the 186th Air Refueling Wing were selected as the 2017 Outstanding Airmen of the Year (OAY). These Airmen represent the wing’s top enlisted members and have been submitted for state level awards. A selection board considered 22 nominees and selected four Airmen based on superior leadership, job performance and the whole Airman concept. Award Categories and Winners Airman of the Year: Senior Airman Clayton S. Welch, with the 238th Air Support Operations Squadron Non-commissioned Officer of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Jeremy E. Benton, with the 248th Air Traffic Control Squadron Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the Year: Master Sgt. William K. Allen, with the 186th Maintenance Squadron In addition to selecting OAY winners, the 186th also selected Master Sgt. William J. Defoor, with the 238th Air Support Operations Squadron, for the Charles L. Sullivan Award. Welch and Allen were also selected as the state level OAY in their respective categories. All award winners will be recognized later this year at the annual Air Force Association Meeting.
  • Simulators shape the future at the 186th Air Refueling Wing

    Currently, there are three different simulators that provide VR training for the 238th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS), 248th Air Traffic Control Squadron (ATCS), and the 153rd Air Refueling Squadron (ARS). In years past, the base also housed a KC-135R aircraft simulator that was moved off-station shortly after 2005 with the U.S. Department of Defense’s base realignment and closure (BRAC) decision which reorganized military installations.
  • 186th Air Operations Group participates in South Korean exercise

    Twenty-six citizen Airmen of the Mississippi Air National Guard’s 186th Air Operations Group temporarily deployed from Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian, Mississippi., to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea to participate in Ulchi Freedom Guardian from the 11th to the 31st of August 2017,The annual exercise is led by the Republic of Korea
  • Mississippi National Guard Senior Leaders Retrace their Roots

    National Guardsmen from around the state traveled over 3,000 miles in three days to witness history at its best and forge comradery among service members.  Over 100 Airmen and Soldiers with the Mississippi National Guard (MSNG) participated in the MSNG 2017 Senior Leader - Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill - Staff Ride to Massachusetts from Sept.
  • Change of Command at Key Field

    A Change of Command ceremony hosted by the 186th Air Refueling Wing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Sunday at Key Field Air National Guard Base to mark the beginning for a new leader.  Col. Edward H. Evans, Jr. will take command of the 186th Air Refueling Wing from Col. Billy M. Nabors in the ceremony that will include a guidon/flag exchange
  • Mississippi Adjutant General Tours Key Field

    Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, the Adjutant General of Mississippi, made his first official visit to Key Field Air National Guard Base, March 29, 2017 in order to learn more about the capabilities of the Air National Guard.
  • Key Field Provides Support Locally and Abroad

    At home, Citizen Airmen support the community in a variety of ways such as blood drives and through Key Field’s adopt-a-school program where Guard members volunteer their time. The missions of Key Field have evolved over the years, but what has remained is the dedication of the Citizen Airmen who support the needs of the community, our country, and the warfighting effort overseas.
  • TACPs - Saving Lives on the Battlefield

         When envisioning images of military special operations, one typically goes down a list to include Navy Seals, Army Rangers and Marine Raiders.  Unbeknownst to many, Tactical Air Control Parties (TACPs) are one entity of the Air Force's special operations force.  TACPs have the enormous responsibility of calling in air strikes.      Air

    1st Lt. Samantha Snabes, an intelligence officer in the 186th Air Operations Group (AOG) at Key Field, was chosen last week by the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) Joint Reserve Element to be a part of its new presence in Austin, Texas. The presence announced by Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, leverages civilian, active duty, and
  • AMC Commander Discusses Tanker Mission at Key Field

    U. S. Air Force General Carlton Everhart II sat down with Rep. Greg Harper (R - MS, 3rd District) and key leaders from the Mississippi National Guard and Key Field Air National Guard Base to discuss the continued evolution of the mission conversion back to the KC-135R tankers here Feb. 5.Everhart, commander of Air Mobility Command, stated that, as