190th ARW PA

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190th Air Refueling Wing
Forbes Field Air National Guard Base
5920 SE Coyote Drive
Topeka, KS 66619-5370

190th Air Refueling Wing

The 190th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) provides Global Reach for the United States Air Force through the in-flight refueling of fighters, bombers and other aircraft using the KC-135 Stratotankers.

The 190th ARW is comprised of four main organizations as well as the Wing Headquarters. 

The Wing Headquarters contains the offices of the Wing and Vice Commander, Command Chief, Comptroller Flight, Family Programs, Judge Advocate General, Chaplains, Wing Safety, Equal Opportunity, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Public Affairs, Command Post, Wing Inspector General and Wing Plans.


Read the full 190th Air Refueling Wing fact sheet

190th Operations Group

190th Operations Group is responsible for directing the flying and support operations for one KC-135R squadron, an Operations Support Squadron and the Standardization & Evaluation Program. 

The 117th Air Refueling Squadron is the flying element of the 190th Air Refueling Wing. The 117th flies the K-135R Stratotanker. The KC-135R Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years.

The 190th Operations Support Squadron is responsible for operational services and support, training, and mission ready personnel to the flying squadron, wing, and higher headquarters so they can successfully conduct their wartime and peacetime mission. 

The 190th Standardization / Evaluation program is the commander's tool to validate mission readiness and the effectiveness of unit flying, to include documentation of individual aircrew member qualification and capabilities. 

The 127th Weather Flight mission is to provide strategic meteorological information within an adequate amount of time, after given appropriate notice of changing meteorological elements. Being a combat team, the team's mission also includes five additional primary missions: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action,
and counter-terrorism."

Lt Colonel Brad Hinkle 
Operations Group Commander
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190th Maintenance Group

The 190thMaintenance Group provides responsive, reliable and resourceful maintenance for the 190th Air Refueling Wing. The 190thMXG is composed of three organizationswhose unique missions directly contribute to the overall mission accomplishment of the group.

The 190th Maintenance Squadron provides aircraft component support to include fabrication, avionics, and propulsion

The 190th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron provides support to the 117th ARS in the generation of aircraft.

The190th Maintenance Support Flight is responsible for aircraft maintenance staff functions required for the efficient operation of the Maintenance Group. These functions include the Maintenance Operations Center (MOC), Plans, Scheduling, and Documentation (PS&D), comprehensive Engine Management (CEMS), Training Management, Maintenance Analysis, and Maintenance Plans and Programs.

Colonel David A. Williams
MaintenanceGroup Commander
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Tenant Units

73rd Civil Support Team

The mission of the 73rd CST is to support local and state authorities at domestic WMD/NBC incident sites by identifying agents and substances, assessing current and projected consequences, advising on response measures, and assisting with requests for additional military support.

190th Mission Support Group

The primary mission of the 190th Mission Support Group is to provide mission support and combat-ready Airmen to the Air National Guard and worldwide expeditionary forces. These support services and activities include providing civil engineering, security, communications, personnel, services, contracting, supply, and transportation support for Air National Guard, Army National Guard, civilian, dependent, and retired personnel. 

The 190th Mission Support Group is composed of six organizations whose unique missions directly contribute to the overall mission accomplishment of the group.

The 190th Logistics Readiness Squadron is responsible for supply, transportation, vehicle operations, aviation and ground fuels support and wing deployment operations

The 190th Security Forces Squadron provides base defense and security of unit assets 

The 190th Civil Engineer Squadron maintains installation facilities, manages construction and improvement projects, provides damage assessment and runway repair, provides fire protection services and emergency management functions 

The 190th Force Support Squadron oversees force development/sustainment, recruiting and retention functions and is responsible for providing food, lodging, search and recovery and mortuary affairs functions

The 190th Communications Flight is responsible for communications infrastructure, computers, telecommunications, wireless communications, and information management and transport 


Col. James L. Wehrli
Mission Support Group Commander
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190th Medical Group

The mission of the 190th Medical Group is to provide timely quality medical evaluations to assure wing members are physically fit to deploy; to implement effective industrial hygiene and preventative medicine programs; and to train medical staff to perform their duties at a medical treatment facility at a deployed location. 

Spearheading the development and implementation of managing and deploying an Expeditionary Medical System (EMEDS) +25. This deployed 25 bed inpatient hospital set is used in support of Homeland Defense/Security and natural disasters; providing medical support to communities affected in these events. The 190th MDG currently has three EMEDS +25 sets available to support the needs of America.


Colonel William F. Hefner
Medical Group Commander
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