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Col. Jonathan Boehning, commander of the 126th Mission Support Group, talks with 126th Security Forces Squadron members while cargo is being loaded at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, October 10, 2017. The Illinois Air National Guard squadron deployed a 13 person team to Puerto Rico to provide security. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Senior Airman Aaron Rodriguez backs an all-terrain vehicle onto a C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft, from the 139th Airlift Wing, St. Joseph, Missouri, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, October 10, 2017. The plane flew a 13 person team from the 126th Security Forces Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, to Puerto Rico to provide security. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Personnel from the 126th Security Forces Squadron gather for a team hand stack before boarding a bus to the flight line at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, October 10, 2017. The Illinois Air National Guard squadron deployed a 13 person team to Puerto Rico to provide security. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)
Members of the 126th Maintenance Group replace an engine on a KC-135R Stratotanker at Scott AFB, Ill., Feb. 11, 2015. The 126th Air Refueling Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, flies the Stratotankers to refuel U.S. Armed Forces and NATO aircraft. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Elise Stout)
Members of the 126th Maintenance Group replace an engine on a KC-135R Stratotanker at Scott AFB, Ill., Feb. 11, 2015. The 126th Air Refueling Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, flies the Stratotankers to refuel U.S. Armed Forces and NATO aircraft. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Elise Stout)
Tech. Sgt. James Eder, a member of the 126th Operations Life Support shop assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing, fills life vests with air to check for leaks at Scott Air Force Base, Il., June 17, 2015. The vests are used on the KC-135 Stratotankers in case of an emergency water landing. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Elise Stout)

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A KC-135 Stratotanker known as "Husky", from the Air National Guard's 126th Air Refueling Wing at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The 126th received this plane in 2010.
Thanks to LCDRs Sansone and Morgan for a great tour of the of the USNS Comfort for our Medical Group! A truly amazing national resource available at a moments notice to deliver care around the world!
Senior Airman Nicholas Swanson, a dental technician, practices dental procedures on casts at Branch Health Clinic Naval Station Norfolk. The Illinois Air National Guardsman, from the 126th Air Refueling Wing, is performing a training period with the Navy to further his skills. Illinois National Guard, Air National Guard, Air National Guard Medical Service - ANGMS
Airman Morgan Burmeister reads a wet bulb globe temperature meter at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. The Air National Guard medical team continues training with U.S. Navy counterparts. Illinois National Guard, Air National Guard, Air National Guard Medical Service - ANGMS, The National Guard
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Our medical team continues to train with the U.S. Navy. Click on a photo to read the story on joint training and how it helps accomplish the mission. Air National Guard, 183d Wing, 131st Bomb Wing Missouri Air National Guard, Illinois National Guard, Missouri National Guard, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Air National Guard Medical Service - ANGMS
126th Air Refueling Wing, 183d Wing and 131st Bomb Wing medical professionals continue to train with their U.S. Navy counterparts at Navy Medical Center Portsmouth. The Healthcare Simulation & Bioskills Training Center provides a joint training environment that prepares the Guardsmen for combat and humanitarian operations. 183d Wing, 131st Bomb Wing Missouri Air National Guard, Illinois National Guard, Missouri National Guard, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Air National Guard, Air National Guard Medical Service - ANGMS
The 126th, 183d, and 131st Medical Groups are participating in a two week deployment for training opportunity at Navy Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia. Med Tech training will include simlabs and providing patient care. Illinois National Guard, 183d Wing, 131st Bomb Wing Missouri Air National Guard, Missouri National Guard, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
The 126th Air Refueling Wing provided the flyover for the Saint Louis Cardinals 2019 season opening home game at Busch Stadium.
Farewell, General Keistler. We will miss you.
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The official emblem of the 126th Air Refueling Wing. An Illinois National Guard and Air National Guard Wing since 1961.
One sister went Active Duty while the other joined the Air National Guard. “I wanted to go Guard. That way, I could get school out of the way because I want to commission later on in life.”
Congratulations to the O'Fallon Township High School JROTC on their wins at the Open Drill Nationals competition.
Wing members, It is with a heavy heart that I must pass the news that Brigadier General Keistler (retired) passed away yesterday. He definitely touched this wing and many of us personally. Please keep his family in your prayers. JWJ JEFFREY W. JACOBSON, Colonel, ANG Commander, 126 ARW
Poland is paired with Illinois for the DoD's State Partnership Program. The 126 ARW proudly promotes the relationsh… https://t.co/svNzvimnHU
The 126th, 183d, and 131st Medical Groups are participating in a two week deployment for training opportunity at Na… https://t.co/8u6Qv5ESJD
Here's our 2018 video report on our cooperation with the Polish Armed Forces. Poland and Illinois are partnered to… https://t.co/V4cmtVgBPu
RT @USAFBoMA: The USAF Band of Mid-America Concert Band is going on the road to #connect with YOU next week! 🇺🇸 We will be visiting three s…
We are participating in Clear Sky 18 this month. Watch this page for images from the 126 ARW and other partners: https://t.co/0sdWBorFC7
Check out the coverage of our participation in the Chicago Air and Water Show last weekend! https://t.co/NXR9rHPTvK
RT @DeptofDefense: #DoD & @FEMA provide humanitarian relief for #PuertoRico & the #USVI in the wake of #HurricaneMaria. #ReliefEfforts http…
RT @AirMobilityCmd: #TankerTuesday A @126ARW KC-135 refuels a F-15E during a mission over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, on…
The 126 ARW will be hosting the 52nd Annual ANG Softball Tournament at O'Fallon Family Sports Park August 16-19. https://t.co/iExfYMpMtv
RT @22ARW: Today's history lesson---On this day in 1923, the first air refueling through a hose was accomplished. https://t.co/4jLL3Dk9IF
RT @AirForceTimes: Meet Stubby: The iconic World War I 'war dog' ... and star of an upcoming animated film: https://t.co/njWMM7Sgpp https:/…
RT @usairforce: #Airman receives Distinguished Flying Cross medal six decades overdue. @AFGlobalStrike https://t.co/Cvcq1eyfxa https://t.co…
RT @ChrisBlair4B: I shot this last week on my trip with @ScottAFB - I will never forget this. Coolest thing ever. We're refueling an F-22…
Here's one story from our Media Day Flight. #126ARW https://t.co/pFBakspufp
RT @131stBombWing: Fantastic response by the Missouri National Guard to the threat of rising floodwaters in the St. Louis area.... https://…
RT @Oriana0214: IT'S THE FUTUREEEE > 3-D Printing Is Changing Way Air Force Fixes Its Aging Planes https://t.co/oRyIFR6Hjt
RT @375FSS: Fellow friends of @126ARW on @ScottAFB... check out the @375FSS UTA Weekend Fun Guide for April 7-8! https://t.co/CJk1Zsm3Hf
RT @375FSS: Fellow friends of @126ARW & @932ndAW on @ScottAFB... check out the @375FSS UTA Weekend Fun Guide for March 3-5! https://t.co/bz…
126 ARW & 906 ARS schedule to launch Black Letter flight this morning: https://t.co/0xXZ59xnPK

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The Air National Guard as we know it today -- a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force -- was a product of the politics of postwar planning and interservice rivalry during World War II. The men who planned and maneuvered for an independent postwar Air Force during World War II didn't place much faith in the reserves, especially the state-dominated National Guard. 

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126th Arw

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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.

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