64th Air Refueling Squadron

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64th Air Refueling Squadron
Air Mobility Command.svg
157th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker deployed to Andersen AFB
Active 1942–1946; 1947–1953; 1953–1997; 2003-2008; 2009–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Air refueling
Part of Air Mobility Command
Engagements World War II
Battle of New Georgia
Battle of Vella Lavella
Battle of Bougainville
Southwest Pacific Theater
Korean War[1]
Vietnam War
Decorations Distinguished Unit Citation
Navy Unit Commendation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm[1]
64th Air Refueling Squadron emblem (approved 28 June 1994)[1] 64 ARS Patch.jpg
64th Troop Carrier Squadron emblem (approved 16 June 1943)[2] 64th Air Refueling Squadron.jpg

The 64th Air Refueling Squadron is a United States Air Force air-refueling squadron assigned to the 22d Operations Group at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. As part of the Air Force's Total Force Initiative, the 64th is stationed at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire, where it is operationally controlled by the 157th Air Refueling Wing of the New Hampshire Air National Guard.



World War II[edit]

The 64th flew aerial transportation and evacuation in the South and Southwest Pacific from 7 August 1943 until c. 14 August 1945. The squadron received a Navy Unit Commendation for its service at part of the South Pacific Combat Air Transport Command (SCAT) from August 1943 to July 1944.[3]

Reserves and Korean mobilisation[edit]

The 64th flew aerial transportation and evacuation between Japan and Korea from 19 May-31 December 1952.

Reserve airlift operations[edit]

In 1957 the squadron moved on paper from Portland International Airport to Niagara Falls Municipal Airport, where is assumed the mission, personnel, and equipment of the 700th Troop Carrier Squadron.[4] The squadron trained and provided airlift services from, January 1953 to March 1997, including airlift to Vietnam during the late 1960s and to Southwest Asia in 1990-1991. It participated in various training exercises and airlift missions worldwide until inactivation on 31 March 1997.[1]

Reserve air refueling operations[edit]

Associate status[edit]

The 64th Air Refueling Squadron was activated at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire on 2 October 2009 as part of the 22d Air Refueling Wing. It is part of the Total Force Initiative and will work side by side with the 157th Air Refueling Wing, New Hampshire Air National Guard. This will be the first time that an active duty U.S. Air Force unit has returned to Pease since the active Air Force closed the base in 1991. On 9 January 2013, the USAF announced that Pease would be in the running to host the first KC-46A Tankers as they entered active service in 2016 and with Guard units in 2018.


  • Constituted as the 64th Troop Carrier Squadron on 7 December 1942
Activated on 12 December 1942
Inactivated on 15 May 1946
  • Activated in the reserve on 5 April 1947
  • Redesignated 64th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 27 June 1949
Ordered to active service on 1 April 1951
Inactivated on 1 January 1953
  • Activated in the reserve on 1 January 1953
Ordered to active service on 28 October 1962
Relieved from active service on 28 November 1962
Redesignated 64th Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 July 1967
Redesignated 64th Airlift Squadron on 1 February 1992
Inactivated on 31 March 1997
  • Redesignated 64th Air Refueling Squadron on 22 November 2002
Activated in the reserve on 1 April 2003
Inactivated on 23 June 2007
  • Activated on 1 October 2009[1]





 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Robertson, Patsy (February 20, 2015). "Factsheet 64 Air Refueling Squadron (ACC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Archived from the original on September 29, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ Mayrer, Combat Squadrons, p. 245
  3. ^ Armstrong, William. (2017). Marine Air Group 25 and SCAT (Images of Aviation). Arcadia. ISBN 1467127434.
  4. ^ Maurer, pp. 245, 706

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