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305th AMW activates 911th ARS

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  • By 2nd Lt. Nadia Rossin
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs

The 305th Air Mobility Wing reactivated the 911th Air Refueling Squadron with an assumption of command ceremony Sept. 9 at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

The squadron is the Air Force's very first active-duty squadron that is located within a reserve wing.

“The relationships between the associate units, Reserves and active duty are special,” said Col. Elizabeth Hanson, 305th AMW commander. “Each contributes to the mission in different ways to make the sum of the parts greater than that of each individual.”

The 911th ARS will operate the KC-46A Pegasus and will conduct aerial refueling missions under the leadership of Lt. Col. Skylar Rollins, 911 ARS Squadron commander.

"I'm excited to see where this partnership takes the KC-46A Pegasus enterprise," Rollins said. "Together with our new partners at the 305th, we will protect to sustain combat capability in defense of the greatest nation in the world."

The 911th ARS has played a role in every major conflict since 1958. The historic squadron is one of the oldest in the world.

“The individuals, the locations and the aircraft have changed numerous times over the years. Missions have changed from observers to trainers to bombers to tankers and more,” Hanson said. “Red Eagles confront what they are given head-on.”

The 305th AMW is excited to have the 911th as part of the “Can Do” Wing and to expand their reach as they continue to generate, fly, and deliver rapid global mobility around the world.