New Refueling Wing Ushers in Larger Mission at McConnell AFB

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR McConnell Air Force Base’s 931st Air Refueling Group last week was officially designated as a wing, a recognition of the hundreds of reservists the Air Force Reserve unit is trying to add as the installation located outside of Wichita, Kan., prepares for the arrival of the KC-46A.“For the men and women of this unit who have performed so well over the years, this is an acknowledgment of how well they’ve done,” said Col. Mark Larson, the wing’s commander.The newly minted wing will try to recruit about 400 reservists over the next several years, with about two-thirds of the positions made up of part-time personnel, reported the Wichita Eagle. The unit’s need to grow follows the base’s selection as the first active duty-led main operating base for the next generation aerial tanker.The 931st Air Refueling Group had about 670 airmen in it; the new wing will have about 1,100.The Air Force’s “total force” integration effort means it plans to lean more heavily on Reserve and Air National Guard components to complement its active-duty personnel, according to the story.last_img read more