USAF’s 64th ARS reactivated at Pease ANGB

During a ceremony at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire, the US Air Force’s 64th Air Refueling Squadron (ARS) was formally re-activated on July 8.

USAF 157th ARW KC-46A Pegasus
US Air Force/New Hampshire Air National Guard KC-46A Pegasus serial number 17-46034 ‘Spirit of Portsmouth’ from the 157th Air Refueling Wing on the ramp at Pease Air National Guard BaseJoint Base on July 1 after returning from Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, where it had received a patriotic new colour scheme in the 176th Wing’s paint booth. It was subsequently used as a backdrop for the ceremony at Pease on July 8 to reactivate the 64th Air Refueling Squadron US ANG/Staff Sgt Victoria Nelson

The unit will fly the KC-46A Pegasus. It is officially assigned to the 22nd Operations Group at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, but as part of the Total Force Initiative the 64th ARS is stationed at Pease and is operationally controlled by the 157th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) of the New Hampshire ANG.

The 64th had been temporarily deactivated after the last 157th ARW KC-135R Stratotanker departed from Pease on March 24, 2019. The Squadron had flown the KC-135 since 2003. It has returned to help support the Wing’s new complement of 12 KC-46As. The 64th had been initially formed during World War Two as the 64th Troop Carrier Squadron on December 7, 1942, flying the Douglas C-47 Skytrain.