126 ARW... Anytime, Anywhere

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)
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)

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Tech. Sgt. Perry is highlighted in the Speed is the New Black episode this week. TSgt Perry is a full-time firefighter and a drill status Guardsman working as a crew chief on our KC-135s. The show was taped in part here at the 126th Air Refueling Wing on Scott Air Force Base. Illinois National Guard Air National Guard National Guard
Congratulations to Tech. Sgt. Ruiz who was recently honored by the Chicago Cubs at a home game!
Plan now for the 3K run in September!
CMSAF Wright takes one for the team!
The 566th Air Force Band was co-located with us at the O'Hare ARFF in Chicago until 1999. They're kicking off their summer tour next week in Wisconsin and Michigan so check them out if you're in the area!
Members of the 126th ARW traveled to Ukraine in June to participate in training missions. #anytime #anywhere #126ARW
Check out this video if you're heading to the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center. Be prepared!
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!
126 Medical Group participated in the Navy flag raising and awards ceremony at U.S. Navy Hospital Sigonella. Lt. Col. Dennis Els, 126 MDG Commander, also recognized a few outstanding sailors during the ceremony.
This new policy is retroactive to December 23, 2016.
Prepare yourself for the We Are Airmen 2018 Recruiting Video Contest! This is YOUR opportunity to create your own recruiting video and help recruit future Airmen – if you were a civilian thinking about joining the military, what kind of commercial would make YOU want to join the U.S. Air Force?
More photos from our medical group's DFT in Sicily.
A 126th ARW KC-135 is participating in training missions in Ukraine. Read the press release for more info!
Our medical group receiving valuable training in Sicily.
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT CHARLES SPARACINO VISITATION 11 June 2018 – 3:00 to 9:00 PM and 12 June 2018 – 9:00 AM Cumberland Chapel 8300 West Lawrence Avenue, Norridge, Ill. FUNERAL MASS 10:00 AM at Saint Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, 1530 Jackson Avenue, River Forest, Ill. INTERMENT Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery 1400 South Wolf Road, Hillside, Ill.
We are very sad to inform you of the passing of Chief Master Sgt. (ret.) Charles Sparacino. "Chuck" started his career as a POL troop in 1967 where he worked until he became Vehicle Maintenance Superintendent in 1989 for the 126th Air Refueling Wing. At a point in his career, mid to late 90’s he served as Senior Enlisted Advisor. Chuck was very heavily involved in the NGAI, serving in several capacities, eventually serving as the NGAI president. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers at this time.
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
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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
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126 ARW & 906 ARS schedule to launch Black Letter flight this morning: https://t.co/0xXZ59xnPK

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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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