Welcome to the 126TH Air Refueling Wing

    Anytime, Anywhere!
The primary mission of the 126th Air Refueling Wing is to provide air refueling support to major commands of the Air Force as well as other U.S. military forces and the military forces of allied nations. In addition to air-to-air refueling of military aircraft, the unit provides trained, capable men and women who are ready to defend our nation anywhere in the world; to protect our state through civil defense and disaster relief; and to serve in the surrounding communities.

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The mission of the 182nd Airlift Wing is to provide airland and airdrop; command, control and communications; logistics; and support services for the nation, state and community.

The wing supports both the state of Illinois, the federal government and domestic operations by providing airland and airdrop capabilities. The unit also hosts the 182nd Air Support Operations Group, the 264th Combat Communications Squadron, and the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest - all of whom deploy overseas and within local communities to protect and serve the nation's citizens. Some of these missions include delivering humanitarian aid, aeromedical evacuation, tactical air control of aircraft, and fatality search and recovery.

The wing's total force Airmen have participated in countless missions, from Operation Jump Start to hurricane relief and more. Half of the unit's 36,000 flight mission hours since 9/11 have been dedicated to the support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Freedom Sentinel.

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Welcome to the 183d Wing



We are a premier Total Force Wing, serving proudly in the global contingency and homeland defense roles and missions, providing highly skilled and effective Airmen, readily available for global engagement to meet national objectives and civil support to the citizens of Illinois, Recognized for Excellence, Respected for Performance, and Relevant for the Future; demonstrating our core values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do.