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  • 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 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

  • Key Field Air Guardsmen Participate in Air Defender

    Members of the 186th Air Refueling Wing participated in Air Defender 2023 across Europe June 12-23. This German-led, live-flying exercise showcased robust multi-national operations and collaboration with international partners and NATO allies.

  • Mississippi Air Guard Retires RC-26 Aircraft

    The C-26 was assigned to select Air National Guard Flying Wings to provide Operational Support Airlift (OSA). It hauled people, aircraft parts, and other supplies as needed by each wing, state headquarters, and other military and government customers. The original allocation totaled 22 aircraft that

  • 186th to receive $20M for base upgrades as part of MS SB3017

    KEY FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Miss. – The 186th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) will receive $20 million for base upgrades, as part of the Mississippi Military Department Appropriation Senate Bill (SB) 3017 signed by Gov. Tate Reeves, April 20, 2023.  The funds, which are expected to be received by

  • Mississippi ATAG retires after 38 years of service

    Maj. Gen. Billy M. Nabors, the Assistant Adjutant General (ATAG) and Commander, Mississippi Air National Guard officially retired after 38 years of honorable service to our state and nation. His tenure at the Mississippi National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters (JFH) began in 2017, where he served