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  • With the stroke of a pen, U.S. Space Force becomes a reality

    President Trump signed into law Dec. 20 the sprawling, $738 billion defense bill, making history by creating the Space Force as a stand-alone, sixth branch of the U.S. military and guaranteeing for the first time 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers.
  • Teaching the next generation

    Before they “hit the ground running” at basic military training, future members of the 931st Air Refueling Wing often get a test run at the Development and Training Flight. The program, which was founded at McConnell more than seven years ago, is a Reserve program which helps prepare future Airmen for BMT and assists them with making the transition from civilian to military life.
  • New boom platform improves quality of life for KC-135 Airmen

    The 97th Air Mobility Wing hosted an implementation ceremony for the new KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator instructor platform, revealing the new design that will be used throughout the KC-135 fleet on Nov. 4, 2019, at Air Force Base, Okla.
  • KANZA warriors deliver first KC-46 to Pease

    Early last month, members of the 931st Operations Group, consisting of members from the 924th Air Refueling Squadron and 18th Air Refueling Squadron, two of the Reserve flying squadrons at McConnell dedicated to the KC-46A Pegasus, delivered the first two KC-46s to the Airmen of the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H. The 157 ARW is the first Air National Guard Unit to receive the new refueler.
  • MDUSA09 has landed

    Col. Bruce Hesteltine, 931st Air Refueling Wing commander (left), Chief Master Sgt. Melissa Royster 22nd Air Refueling Wing command chief, and Col. Richard Tanner, 22nd ARW commander, salutes as the 9th KC-46A Pegasus arrives at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. August 9, 2019. This was the 9th KC-46 to arrive at McConnell AFB since the first arrival on January 25, 2019. The KC-46A is the first phase in recapitalizing the U.S. Air Force's aging tanker fleet.
  • Ready for the pre-flight

    (Left to right) Master Sgt. Jesse Fuller, 931st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, and Lt. Col. Joseph Oline, 931st Operations Support Squadron Scheduling chief and KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, perform a pre-flight check Aug. 3, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base. The inspection being performed on a KC-135 is accomplished on a regular schedule
  • #8 K-46A Pegasus Arrival

    A KC-46A Pegasus lands at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., July 19, 2019. The aircraft is the eighth addition to McConnell's Pegasus fleet. The installation will be receiving 36 total, next generation aircraft.  The KC-46A is the first phase in recapitalizing the U.S. Air Force's aging tanker fleet. With greater refueling, cargo and aeromedical
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