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186th Air Refueling Wing hosts Family Day

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KEY FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Miss. – The 186th Air Refueling Wing hosted Family Day, an annual event to show appreciation to Airmen’s families, at the base, Dec. 3, 2022.

“Our airmen’s families play a critical role in supporting their loved ones throughout the year,” said Col. Cynthia Smith, 186th Air Refueling Wing commander. “We simply would not be able to accomplish our mission without their support. A lot of hard work goes into preparing for Family Day, and it is well worth it.”

Several hundred people gathered in the base maintenance hangar where activities were offered such as games, bouncy houses, and a KC-135R, RC-26, and C-17 were on display.  Firetrucks, guns and other military vehicles were available for viewing also.  Participants signed Christmas cards for veterans who reside in the veterans nursing home and Veterans Administration Hospital. Santa Claus rode in on a Key Field firetruck and visited with children.

Several volunteers from Key Field ANGB worked to organize this special event with a goal of saying thank you to the many sons, daughters, parents, grandparents and others who sacrifice, so guard members can perform their military duty each month and throughout the year.

The 186th Air Refueling Wing provides over 1,100 personnel and eight KC-135R aircraft to Air Mobility Command for worldwide operations. The Wing also supports domestic counter-drug and emergency response missions as well as overseas combatant commander requirements with an RC-26B aircraft.  Additional units at Key Field include the 238th Air Support Operations Squadron, the 248th Air Traffic Control Squadron, and the 186th Air Operations Group. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the MSANG or contact a recruiter at 601-484-9213 or 601-484-9828. You can also find us at