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.
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.