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931 AIR REFUELING WING (AFRC)

Posted 5/17/2016 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Lineage. Established as 931 Troop Carrier Group, Medium, and activated, on 15 Jan 1963. Organized in the Reserve on 11 Feb 1963. Redesignated: 931 Tactical Airlift Group on 1 Jul 1967; 931 Tactical Air Support Group on 25 Jun 1969; 931 Special Operations Group on 1 Mar 1971; 931 Tactical Fighter Group on 1 Oct 1973. Inactivated on 1 Jul 1975. Redesignated 931 Air Refueling Group, Heavy on 18 May 1977. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Jul 1978. Inactivated on 1 Jul 1987. Redesignated 931 Air Refueling Group on 9 Sep 1994. Activated in the Reserve on 1 Jan 1995. Redesignated as 931 Air Refueling Wing on 5 Mar 2016. 

Assignments. 434 Troop Carrier (later, 434 Tactical Airlift) Wing, 11 Feb 1963; Eastern Air Force Reserve Region, 31 Dec 1969; 403 Composite Wing, 1 Jun 1970; 434 Special Operations (later, 434 Tactical Fighter) Wing, 15 Jan 1971-1 Jul 1975. 452 Air Refueling Wing, 1 Jul 1978-1 Jul 1987. Fourth Air Force, 1 Jan 1995; 507 Air Refueling Wing, 1 Mar 1999; Fourth Air Force, 1 Oct 2008-. 

Operational Components. Squadrons. 18 Air Refueling: 1 Oct 1995-. 46 Tactical Fighter: 1 Oct 1973-1 Jul 1975. 72 Troop Carrier (later, 72 Tactical Airlift; 72 Tactical Air Support; 72 Special Operations; 72 Air Refueling): 11 Feb 1963-1 Oct 1973; 1 Jul 1978-1 Jul 1987.
 
Stations. Bakalar AFB, IN, 11 Feb 1963; Grissom AFB, IN, 15 Jan 1970-1 Jul 1975. Grissom AFB, IN, 1 Jul 1978-1 Jul 1987. McConnell AFB, KS, 1 Jan 1995-. 

Commanders. Col Arthur W. Howard Jr., 15 Jan 1963; Lt Col William D. Murchie, by Dec 1967; Col Joseph P. Rolles, by Jun 1970; Col Jack F. Linn, by Jun 1971; Col Joseph A. Thomas, by Jun 1972; Lt Col Herman A. Heuss, 2 Oct 1973-1 Jul 1975. Col William B. McDaniel, 1 Jul 1978; Col James E. Hamer, 1 Jun 1980; Lt Col David P. Pasero, 18 Aug 1985-1 Jul 1987. Unkn, 1-14 Jan 1995; Col Vik C. Malling, 15 Jan 1995; Col Dean J. Despinoy, 1 Sep 1997; Lt Col Daniel E. Opp, 24 Oct 1999; Col James A. Bouska, 7 May 2000; Col Jeffery R. Class, 19 May 2002; Col Karl J. Hurdle, 24 Aug 2003; Col Clayton W. Childs, 13 Aug 2006; Col William T. Cahoon, 11 Dec 2006; Col Edsel A. Frye Jr., 25 May 2008; Col Daniel J. Heires (interim), Mar 2011; Col William H. Mason Jr., 31 Jul 2011; Col Mark S. Larson, Jul 2012-.   

Aircraft. C-119, 1963-1969; U-3, 1969-1971; O-2, 1969-1971; A-37, 1971-1975. KC-135, 1978-1987. KC-135, 1995-. 

Operations. Established and maintained combat-ready posture in the Air Force Reserve as a troop carrier group, tactical air support group, special operations group, tactical fighter group, and air refueling group. In 1968, deployed aircrews and aircraft to transport men and materiel into combat areas in Southeast Asia. Flew worldwide aerial refueling missions 1978-1987. Activated as an associate refueling group with the active duty 22nd Air Refueling Wing in 1995. Performed worldwide air refueling and some airlift missions, 1995-. Periodically deployed aircraft and personnel to bases in Europe to support NATO operations in the Balkans, to bases in Turkey to support allied operations in maintaining the no-fly zone over Iraq, and to Iceland to support the European Tanker Task Force. Participated in numerous operations beginning in the middle 1990s, including Operations Allied Force, Deliberate Force, Deny Flight, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Noble Eagle, Northern Watch, and Southern Watch. 

Service Streamers. None. 

Campaign Streamers. None. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Meritorious Unit Award: 11 Sep 2001-30 Jun 2004.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1978-31 Dec 1979; 1 May 1985-31 Aug 1986; 1 Nov 1995-30 Sep 1997; 1 Nov 1997-31 Oct 1999; 1 Sep 2002-30 Sep 2003; 1 Oct 2007-30 Sep 2009.  Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 14 Feb-11 Mar 1968.
 
Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 17 May 2016.  
 
Commanders through Jul 2012; Aircraft, and Operations through Dec 2011.

Supersedes statement prepared on 20 Sep 2013. 
 
Emblem. Approved on 5 Apr 1979; newest rendition approved on 30 Jul 1997.
 
Prepared by Daniel L. Haulman.







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