Air Force adding active duty component to ANG KC-135 Stratotanker Squadron in Alaska

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The US Air Force is adding an active duty component to an existing Air National Guard KC-135 squadron.

The tanker squadron’s expansion will likely have some impact of space at Eielson Air Force Base, which is located in Alaska.

The expansion dates back to the 2019 DOD Arctic Strategy, and is geared towards dealing with “new and emerging” threats in the Asia-Pacific region.

The growth of both the US Air Force and Space Force play a role in the expansion.

According to Airforce Technology, “four additional KC-135s and nearly 220 more active-duty workforces will be added to make it a total force unit.”

The first of the supplemental aircraft are scheduled to arrive in FY2023.

Lt. Col. Marvin Ashbaker, 465th Air Refueling Squadron KC-135R Stratotanker pilot, conducts pre-flight checks at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alaska, July 17, 2019. 507th Air Refueling Wing operations and maintenance Airmen traveled to Alaska to conduct air refueling operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathison)

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