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  • Road to Recovery: A Story of Resiliency

    In October 2022, Air National Guard 2nd Lt. Emily Mackey was injured in an accident while riding on a side-by-side that flipped over, severely injuring her right arm, and causing a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Her husband, 2nd Lt. Matthew Mackey, who was also a passenger, and had recently undergone

  • 186th ARW KC135 aircraft lands safely

    While performing a routine air refueling mission, a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft belonging to the 186th Air Refueling Wing made an emergency landing, today, a Key Field.

  • National Guard conducts PATRIOT Exercise

    PATRIOT is a joint, interagency exercise, sponsored by the Air National Guard Bureau (ANGB), taking place at Camp Shelby, Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center and Camp McCain, Mississippi, February 18 – 22. It is a training exercise designed for civilian emergency management and responders to

  • Ten Years After Tankers Return, Key Field is Thriving

    2005 was a grim year in the history of the 186th Air Refueling Wing.  Key Field Air National Guard base in Meridian, Mississippi, had just found itself on the chopping block of the 2005 DOD-Base Closure and Realignment Report (BRAC) to the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission.  The

  • 186th ARW Celebrates "Family Day"

    The 186th Air Refueling Wing hosted its 2023 Family Day event at Key Field Air National Guard Base, October 14, during the October Unit Training Assembly.

  • Stanley Chosen as 9th Wing Command Chief

    Chief Master Sgt. William B. Stanley was recently selected to serve as the 9th Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 186th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) at a change of responsibility ceremony Saturday, September 9th, 2023, at Key Field Air National Guard Base.

  • 186th Air Refueling Wing honored to host CODEL staff

    186th Air Refueling Wing Commander Col. Cindy Smith welcomes congressional delegation (CODEL) staff members, Aug. 24, 2023, at Key Field Air National Guard Base, Mississippi. CODEL staff heard from Col. Smith and NAS Meridian Commanding Officer Capt. Luke Davis regarding operations at their