96th Air Refueling Squadron

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96th Air Refueling Squadron
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96th Air Refueling Squadron Patch
Active 15 January 1941 - 27 January 1946
18 November 1953 - 1 October 1960
15 December 1960 - 25 June 1965
1 April 1994 - 31 March 2005
23 July 2010 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Aerial refueling
Motto Ubique
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DCU
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
1950s SAC era 96th ARS patch

The 96th Air Refueling Squadron (96 ARS) is an associate unit of the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii in partnership with the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron and 154th Maintenance Group of the Hawaii Air National Guard.


The 96 ARS operates the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft conducting aerial refueling missions.


The 96th Air Refueling Squadron was constituted as the 6th Reconnaissance Squadron (Medium) on 20 November 1940 and activated on 15 January 1941 at March Field, California. Originally attached to the 41st Bombardment Group, it became assigned to it on 25 February 1942. The squadron was tasked with conducting antisubmarine patrols, from December 1941–August 1942 and from December 1942–February 1943.

It was redesignated as the 396th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 22 April 1942 and as the 396th Bombardment Squadron, Medium, c. 9 May 1943. Trained with B-25 Mitchell medium bombers, being assigned to Seventh Air Force. Deployed to the Central Pacific Area, from 19 January–23 September 1944, engaging in combat operations in the Gilbert Islands, then returning to Hawaii in October 1944.

Deployed to Okinawa in June 1945, flying combat bombardment missions over eastern China and Formosa. Prepared for combat action as part of Operation Downfall, the planned invasion of the Japanese Home Islands however the Japanese Capitulation in August cancelled those plans. Squadron demobilized on Okinawa during the fall of 1945, aircraft being sent to reclamation in the Philippines. Personnel returned to the United States and squadron inactivated on 27 January 1946.

Reactivated as 96th Air Refueling Squadron, Medium in 1953. Based at Altus AFB, Oklahoma; supported refueling operations primarily in Northeast Air Command and Alaskan Air Command areas. Also deployed to Guam in 1956 flying KC-97F and G aircraft. The squadron was reassigned to the 11th Bombardment Wing, on 3 December 1957. Redesignated as the 96th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy, on 8 March 1958, the squadron converted that same year to the KC-135A. The 96th ARS was discontinued on 1 October 1960. Organized on 15 December 1960, and assigned to 11th Bombardment (later, 11th Strategic Aerospace) Wing, at Altus AFB, OK, with the KC-135A as its aircraft, it was discontinued, and inactivated, on 25 June 1965.

Redesignated as the 96th Air Refueling Squadron, reactivated, on 1 April 1994 with KC-135Rs.[1]


  • Constituted 6th Reconnaissance Squadron (Medium) on 20 November 1940
Activated on 15 January 1941
Redesignated: 396th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 22 April 1942
Redesignated: 396th Bombardment Squadron, Medium, c. 9 May 1943
Inactivated on 27 January 1946
  • Consolidated (19 September 1985) with 96th Air Refueling Squadron, Medium, which was constituted on 6 November 1953
Activated on 18 November 1953
Redesignated: 96th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy, on 8 March 1958
Discontinued on 1 October 1960
  • Organized on 15 December 1960
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 25 June 1965
  • Redesignated 96th Air Refueling Squadron, and activated, on 1 April 1994
  • Inactivated on 31 March 2005
  • Reactivated on 23 July 2010


Associated with: 1st Photographic Group, 10 Jun 1941-22 Apr 1942 (training)
Attached to: Northeast Air Command, 5 October-20 November 1954, 1 August-14 September 1955, 18–31 January 1956
Attached to: Alaskan Air Command and 303d Bomb Wing [split deployment], 25 June-9 October 1956
Attached to: 98th Air Base Group, 10 January-7 April 1957


Aircraft operated[1][edit]



 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ a b c d e f Inactivated on 31 March 2005 at Fairchild AFB, WA It was reactivated on 23 July 2010 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as part of the Total Force Integration partnership between the 15th Wing (Pacific Air Forces) and 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. AFHRA 96 ARS Page

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