931st Air Refueling Group Public Affairs Office
12/8/2015 - MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- The Air Force will redesignate the 931st Air Refueling Group as a wing in an official ceremony in early 2016.
The newly designated 931st Air Refueling Wing will grow by nearly 400 personnel to meet the needs of the wing.
The wing designation will also establish the 931st Operations Group, the
931st Maintenance Group, and the 931st Force Support Squadron, and
stand up the 905th and 924th Refueling Squadrons.
"This has been a long time coming," said Col. Mark S. Larson, 931st ARG
commander. "It is the result of sustained excellent performance from
numerous Citizen Airmen over the past 20 years; the steadfast resolve of
our elected officials and the unparalleled support of our local
community leaders. As we make this historic transition, I have complete
confidence in the ability of the men and women of the 931 ARG to make
this new wing one of the premier units in United States Air Force."
The 931st ARW will be the first associate Reserve unit to fly and
maintain the new KC-46A Pegasus tanker. The KC-46A is intended to
replace the U.S. Air Force's aging fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers which
have been the primary refueling aircraft for more than 50 years. The
KC-46A will provide more refueling capability an increased capacity for
cargo as well as aeromedical evacuation. The KC-46A will provide aerial
refueling to Air Force, Navy, Marine and allied nation aircraft.
The 931st ARG flew more than 1,200 local and off-station sorties and
logged 5,524 flight hours in FY 2015, exceeding the command's annual
flying hour program goal for the third consecutive year.
For more information on the wing designation, or the 931st Air Refueling
Group, please contact the 931st ARG Public Affairs office at (316)
759-3704, or (316) 617-0550