18th Air Refueling Squadron

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18th Air Refueling Squadron
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18th Air Refueling Squadron Patch
Active 11 December 1940 – 31 July 1945
1 August 1948 – 1 March 1949
14 July 1952 – 21 July 1954
3 August 1961 – 25 June 1967
15 October 1969 – 31 August 1972
1 October 1995 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Aerial refueling
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Fourth Air Force
507th Air Refueling Wing
931st Air Refueling Group
Garrison/HQ McConnell Air Force Base
Colors Blue/Gold
Engagements Operation Husky
Operation Dragoon
Operation Joint Endeavor
Operation Joint Guard
Operation Joint Forge
Southern Watch
Northern Watch
Operation Desert Fox
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Noble Eagle
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA

The 18th Air Refueling Squadron (18 ARS) is a United States Air Force Reserve squadron, assigned to the 931st Operations Group, stationed at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.


The squadron operates the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, conducting aerial refueling missions.


During World War II the 18th flew airborne assaults on Sicily, Myitkyina, Burma, and Southern France in addition to supporting partisans in Northern Italy from January to May 1945 and conducting aerial transportation in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO) and briefly in the China-Burma-India Theater (CBI). It flew strategic and tactical airlift missions from 1948 to 1954 and 1962 to 1967. The squadron provided tactical airlift training for US and subsequently South Vietnamese pilots and crews from 1969 to 1972.

This unit has flown worldwide air refueling missions since 1995.[1]



  • 18th Transport Squadron (1940–1942)
  • 18th Troop Carrier Squadron (1942–1948)
  • 18th Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy (1948–1952)
  • 18th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium (1952–1966)
  • 18th Troop Carrier Squadron (1966–1969)
  • 18th Tactical Airlift Training Squadron (1969–1994)
  • 18th Air Refueling Squadron (1994 – present)



Aircraft Operated[1]

See also


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

External links

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