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Welcome to the official website of the 190th Air Refueling Wing. This site is provided as a public service through the cooperative efforts of the 190th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs and the Kansas Air National Guard.
The 190th Air Refueling Wing is one of two Air National Guard units in the Kansas Air National Guard. Our unit is located on Forbes Field Air National Guard Base, Topeka, Kansas.
Our mission is flying the KC-135 air refueling aircraft in support of world-wide aerial refueling. Our more than 900 member unit is rich in aerial history. The 190th began it's Kansas history as the 117th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in Hutchinson, Kansas. In 1967, the unit moved to its current home, Forbes Field.
When the Kansas Air National Guard is not mobilized or under federal control, we report to the governor. Each of the 54 National Guard organizations is supervised by the adjutant general of the state or territory. Under state law, the Air National Guard provides protection of life, property and preserves peace, order and public safety. These missions are accomplished through emergency relief support during natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and forest fires; search and rescue operations; support to civil defense authorities; maintenance of vital public services and counterdrug operations.