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  • Smith Takes Command of the 186th Air Refueling Wing

    The 186th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) welcomed a new commander in a change of command ceremony held Aug. 7, 2021, at Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian, Mississippi.
  • 186th Air Refueling Wing sharpens skills at Annual Training

    Members of the 186th Air Refueling Wing (ARW), from Key Field Air National Guard (ANG) Base, Meridian, Mississippi, participated in Annual Training (AT), also known as “Summer Camp,” at CRTC, July 10-17, 2021, in Gulfport, Miss.
  • The 248th Air Traffic Control Squadron offers Career Opportunities all over the Radar

    On any given day, thousands of military airplanes take off and land all over the world. Here at Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian, Mississippi, the 248th Air Traffic Control Squadron (ATCS), manages that air traffic. In fact, it is the busiest airport in the state of Mississippi for military and commercial air traffic, and the second busiest Air National Guard wide for total operations. The 248th provides service to all aircraft which includes commercial airline, civilian general aviation, and military aircraft. Managing all of this air traffic requires the efforts of a synchronized group of airmen to operate and maintain the dozens of high tech, sophisticated systems and equipment.
  • Chief Master Sgt. Darren D. McMullen named 8th Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 186th Air Refueling Wing

    KEY FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Miss. – Chief Master Sgt. Darren D. McMullen was recently selected to serve as the 8th Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 186th Air Refueling Wing (ARW). In selecting McMullen, Col. Edward H. Evans, Jr., commander of the 186th ARW, said McMullen brings experience, professionalism, and a lead-by-example mentality that the Wing’s Airmen will appreciate and want to emulate.
  • Citizens Helping to Keep Key Field Airmen Safe

    ‘Service Before Self’ is one of three tenants of the Air Force Core Values. There are two ladies who are not in the military, but are serving with their time and talents to help keep the men and women of the 186th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) at Key Field Air National Guard Base (ANGB) in Meridian, Mississippi, safe. 
  • Mississippi National Guard supports community with COVID-19 testing

    KEY FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Miss. - Approximately 25 members of the Mississippi National Guard’s (MSNG), 186th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) and the 47th Civil Support Team (CST) assisted with COVID-19 testing, April 1, 2020, in Meridian, Mississippi, at the Bonita Lakes Mall COVID-19 mobile testing facility.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
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