Fairchild’s latest air refueling squadron completes first mission

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The U.S. Air Pressure has introduced that staff Fairchild’s 97th Air Refueling Squadron efficiently accomplished its first mission by supporting a 97th Air Carry Squadron C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Jan. 14.

In keeping with a current service information launch, the 97th ARS reactivated in October 2019, with a view to help 12 further KC-135 Stratotankers and an estimated 1,000 Airmen and households being transferred to Fairchild.

“We’re the middle of excellence for the KC-135 right here at Fairchild,” stated Grasp Sgt. Dillon Poole, 97th ARS operations superintendent and increase operator. “With the activation of the 97th ARS, we now have extra functionality right here at Fairchild to increase the attain of our receivers and successfully allow them to finish their mission.”

Refueling JBLM’s C-17 served as a coaching mission for Airmen aboard each plane to apply air refueling connections, simulated emergency separation procedures and low-visibility landings in icy climate. The plane was commanded by Capt. Steven Suhrie and was additionally crewed by the squadron commander and superintendent.

“These air refueling missions are vital to our coaching and ensuring we’re able to carry out the mission at a second’s discover, help our Complete Pressure companions and allow us to work collectively to execute the mission,” Poole stated.

The profitable completion of its most up-to-date mission marks the most recent addition to the 97th ARS’s 70 years of historical past. It began out as one of many unique KC-135 refueling squadrons in 1949, deactivated in 2004, and is now revived as a part of Staff Fairchild.

“It was actually thrilling to be a part of the squadron’s first mission,” Poole stated. “This was only the start for the unit and was an effective way to set the tone for a tradition of success within the squadron, its Airmen and future missions of the 97th [ARS].”

Staff Fairchild can develop its mission capability with the profitable completion of the 97th ARS’s maiden mission. The squadron will add further functionality for the wing’s lethality and help because the world’s largest air refueling set up.

“Having 4 air refueling squadrons right here at Fairchild, in addition to our Complete Pressure companions within the 141st Air Refueling Wing, we’re the biggest air refueling wing in historical past,” stated Lt. Col. Cindy Dawson, 97th ARS commander. “With our tanker fleet being greater than double the dimensions of every other worldwide, we’re proud to have the 97th ARS Astra play a key function in increasing the Speedy World Mobility mission.”

Staff Fairchild is understood for being able to Compete, Deter and Win, and with the addition of the 97th ARS, Fairchild can proceed to be the world’s premier air refueling staff.

U.S. Air Pressure Lt. Col. Cindy Dawson, 97th Air Refueling Squadron commander, screens plane devices through the first mission for the 97th ARS as a squadron over the skies of Washington, Jan. 13, 2019. Photograph by Senior Airman Lawrence Sena
U.S. Air Pressure Grasp Sgt. Dillon Poole, 97th Air Refueling Squadron superintendent and increase operator, performs the 97th ARS’ first mission as a squadron with a C-17 Globemaster III from the 97th Airlift Squadron over the skies of Washington, Jan. 13, 2020. Photograph by Senior Airman Lawrence Sena