126th Air Refueling Wing, 126 ARW, 126ARW, Illinois Air National Guard, ILANG, ILNG, Air Mobility Command, AMC

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A Polish F-16 flies toward the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., during an aerial refueling mission in support of the 2018 Baltic Operations exercise, Jun. 12, 2018. Poland and the Illinois National Guard celebrate 25 years of partnership through the State Partnership Program established in 1993. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Krista McDonald)
Polish Air Force F-16s fly alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., during an aerial refueling mission in support of the 2018 Baltic Operations exercise, Jun. 12, 2018. Poland and the Illinois National Guard celebrate 25 years of partnership through the State Partnership Program established in 1993. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Krista McDonald)
A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., transfers fuel to a Polish F-16 Fighter during an aerial refueling mission in support of the 2018 Baltic Operations exercise, Jun. 12, 2018. Poland and the Illinois National Guard celebrate 25 years of partnership through the State Partnership Program established in 1993. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Krista McDonald)
Master Sgt. Angelica Knecht, a medical technician with the 126th Medical Group, practices Tactical Casualty Combat Care procedures at Navy Medical Center Portsmouth, Va., April 9, 2019. The 38 member Air National Guard medical team consists of personnel from three units across two states. They are receiving training for combat and humanitarian missions.
The 126th Air Refueling Wing, located at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, experienced flooding in many parking lots and roads during flash flood watch, August 12, 2020. The Illinois Air National Guard unit supports U.S. and allied aircraft by providing aerial refueling. (National Guard photo by Mr. Ken Stephens)
U.S. Air Force Maj. Daniel Reed (right) assumes command of the 126th Maintenance Squadron from Col. Joshua Hendrix (middle), 126th Maintenance Group commander, during a change-of-command ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., June 6, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance was limited to wing leadership. However, a public ceremony is anticipated for later in the summer. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. Andrew Kleiser)

ang: A Short Story

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

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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