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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.

You can view select slideshows here of our efforts to fulfill our mission, reach out to our community and maintain good relationships with our families and friends.

Congressman Mike Bost talks to aircrew members of the 126th Operations Group prior to his aerial refueling flight on a KC-135 at Scott Air Force Base, October 18, 2017. The Illinois Air National Guard unit hosted the congressman for a flight to experience their mission. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Congressman Mike Bost talks to aircrew members of the 126th Operations Group prior to his aerial refueling flight on a KC-135 at Scott Air Force Base, October 18, 2017. The Illinois Air National Guard unit hosted the congressman for a flight to experience their mission. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Congressman Mike Bost talks to aircrew members of the 126th Operations Group prior to his aerial refueling flight on a KC-135 at Scott Air Force Base, October 18, 2017. The Illinois Air National Guard unit hosted the congressman for a flight to experience their mission. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Congressman Mike Bost talks to Colonel Peter Nezamis, commander of the 126th Air Refueling Wing, and Colonel Jeffrey Jacobson (left), wing vice commander, prior to his aerial refueling flight on a KC-135 at Scott Air Force Base, October 18, 2017. The Illinois Air National Guard unit hosted the congressman for a flight to experience their mission. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Congressman Mike Bost talks to Colonel Peter Nezamis, commander of the 126th Air Refueling Wing, prior to his aerial refueling flight on a KC-135 at Scott Air Force Base, October 18, 2017. The Illinois Air National Guard unit hosted the congressman for a flight to experience their mission. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Congressman Mike Bost talks to Senior Airman Lucas Tisol, a boom operator with the 906th Air Refueling Squadron, prior to his aerial refueling flight on 126th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135 at Scott Air Force Base, October 18, 2017. The Illinois Air National Guard unit hosted the congressman for a flight to experience their mission. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)

Members of the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Maintenance Group, from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and the Marietta Museum of History, Marietta, Georgia, strip parts off a C-141 Starlifter at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois. The parts will be used to restore a C-141 that was donated to the museum. (Air National Guard photos by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Members of the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Maintenance Group, from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and the Marietta Museum of History, Marietta, Georgia, strip parts off a C-141 Starlifter at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois. The parts will be used to restore a C-141 that was donated to the museum. (Air National Guard photos by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Members of the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Maintenance Group, from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and the Marietta Museum of History, Marietta, Georgia, strip parts off a C-141 Starlifter at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois. The parts will be used to restore a C-141 that was donated to the museum. (Air National Guard photos by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Members of the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Maintenance Group, from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and the Marietta Museum of History, Marietta, Georgia, strip parts off a C-141 Starlifter at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois. The parts will be used to restore a C-141 that was donated to the museum. (Air National Guard photos by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Members of the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Maintenance Group, from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and the Marietta Museum of History, Marietta, Georgia, strip parts off a C-141 Starlifter at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois. The parts will be used to restore a C-141 that was donated to the museum. (Air National Guard photos by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Members of the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Maintenance Group, from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and the Marietta Museum of History, Marietta, Georgia, strip parts off a C-141 Starlifter at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois. The parts will be used to restore a C-141 that was donated to the museum. (Air National Guard photos by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Members of the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Maintenance Group, from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and the Marietta Museum of History, Marietta, Georgia, strip parts off a C-141 Starlifter at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois. The parts will be used to restore a C-141 that was donated to the museum. (Air National Guard photos by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Members of the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Maintenance Group, from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and the Marietta Museum of History, Marietta, Georgia, strip parts off a C-141 Starlifter at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois. The parts will be used to restore a C-141 that was donated to the museum. (Air National Guard photos by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Members of the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Maintenance Group, from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and the Marietta Museum of History, Marietta, Georgia, strip parts off a C-141 Starlifter at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois. The parts will be used to restore a C-141 that was donated to the museum. (Air National Guard photos by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)

Members of the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, celebrated their biennial Family Day October 8, 2017. The Illinois Air National Guard unit provided lunch for their families as well as a human foosball court, a softball tournament, and other events and displays. (Air National Guard photo)
Members of the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, celebrated their biennial Family Day October 8, 2017. The Illinois Air National Guard unit provided lunch for their families as well as a human foosball court, a softball tournament, and other events and displays. (Air National Guard photo)
Members of the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, celebrated their biennial Family Day October 8, 2017. The Illinois Air National Guard unit provided lunch for their families as well as a human foosball court, a softball tournament, and other events and displays. (Air National Guard photo)
Members of the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, celebrated their biennial Family Day October 8, 2017. The Illinois Air National Guard unit provided lunch for their families as well as a human foosball court, a softball tournament, and other events and displays. (Air National Guard photo)
Members of the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, celebrated their biennial Family Day October 8, 2017. The Illinois Air National Guard unit provided lunch for their families as well as a human foosball court, a softball tournament, and other events and displays. (Air National Guard photo)