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    Over 30 national guardsmen from the 186th Air Operations Group (AOG) at Key Field, Miss. participated in the annual Defense Support to Civil Authorities exercise Ardent Sentry 2019 training, May 28-June 5.
  • 186ARW Commander pays tribute to “Father of the Tuskegee Airmen”

    Six degrees of separation, a small world, or fate – However you look at it, it’s unmistakable that the “most forgotten” aviation pioneer in American history left an indelible mark on a pilot and commander at the 186th Air Refueling Wing (ARW). Col. Edward Evans, Jr., commander of the 186th ARW and pilot, received the opportunity of a lifetime when he was chosen by the Mississippi National Guard to represent our state and speak at a wreath laying ceremony June 2 – 7 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ceremony was to honor the legacy of Col. John Robinson and was also in conjunction with the delivery of a C-130 from the U.S. to Ethiopia. To better understand the significance and relationship between Col. Evans and Col. Robinson, you have to first get a glimpse of the historical context between the two. Col. Robinson was an African American pilot from Gulfport, Mississippi as is Col. Evans. Their families knew each other being from the same neighborhood. In fact, had Evans been 60 years older, they would have lived across the street from one another.
  • 186th Air Refueling Wing commander pens letter of accolades and thanks

    Key Field Air National Guard Base began in Meridian, Mississippi, in 1939 when our founding parent unit, the 153rd Observation Squadron, was federally recognized. Growing from the original 110 member unit, now there are upwards of 1,100 Citizen Airmen who make unit training assemblies (UTA) or “drill” right here in Meridian every month. Airmen travel in from all over the U.S. to be a part of the 186th Air Refueling Wing (ARW). The successes of the wing would not be possible if it weren’t for their dedication.
  • Beyond the Call

    Tech. Sgt. John Rhoden, a functional assistant manager with the 186th Logistics Readiness Squadron, is one of those members. Rhoden serves on the base honor guard team playing “Taps” to honor fallen service members locally and throughout the state of Mississippi.
  • Key Field Provides Support Locally and Abroad

    The 186th Air Refueling Wing (186ARW) at Key Field Air National Guard Base in Meridian, Mississippi provides support to the local community, nation and world. 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 186ARW’s primary mission is with the KC-135R refueler which augments Air Mobility Command for worldwide contingency operations.