336th Air Refueling Squadron

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336th Air Refueling Squadron
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Active 1942–1944; 1949–1953; 1953–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Air Refueling
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ March Joint Air Reserve Base
Decorations Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
336th Air Refueling Squadron emblem (approved 28 May 1997)[1] 336th Air Refueling Squadron.jpg
336th Air Refueling Squadron emblem (approved 29 July 1996)[1] 336 Air Refueling Sq emblem (1996)
Aircraft flown
Tanker Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker

The 336th Air Refueling Squadron is a United States Air Force Reserve squadron, assigned to the 452d Operations Group, stationed at March Joint Air Reserve Base, California.

The squadron shares its aircraft and facility with the 912th Air Refueling Squadron, a USAF Associate Unit of the active duty 92d Air Refueling Wing.


The squadron operates the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft conducting air refueling missions.


World War II[edit]

The first predecessor of the squadron is the 536th Bombardment Squadron, which was activated at Salt Lake City Army Air Base in November 1942 as one of the original squadrons of the 382d Bombardment Group. The squadron was equipped with Consolidated B-24 Liberators in early 1943 and conducted operational training from February through March 1943 and replacement training until March 1944, when it was inactivated.[1]

Air Force Reserve and Korean War[edit]

The second predecessor of the squadron was organized in the reserves as the 336th Troop Carrier Squadron at Birmingham Municipal Airport, Alabama in June 1949, although it moved to Mitchel Air Force Base, New York in October. It transported United States Army troops and cargo, provided aerial resupply, and dropped paratroopers within the U.S. from, May 1951 – January 1953 \.[1]

Airlift operations[edit]

Performed similar duties worldwide from, April 1953 – June 1976.[1]

Air refueling operations[edit]

The 336th has performed aerial refueling worldwide since 1977.[1]


536th Bombardment Squadron
  • Constituted as the 536th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 28 October 1942
Activated on 3 November 1942
Inactivated on 31 March 1944
  • Consolidated with the 336th Air Refueling Squadron as the 336th Air Refueling Squadron on 19 September 1985[1]
336th Air Refueling Squadron
  • Constituted as the 336th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium on 10 May 1949
Activated in the reserve on 26 June 1949
Ordered to active service on 1 May 1951
Inactivated on 1 February 1953
Activated in the reserve on 1 April 1953
  • Redesignated 336th Military Airlift Squadron on 1 October 1966
Ordered to active service on 26 January 1968
Relieved from active service on 2 June 1969
  • Redesignated 336th Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 April 1972
  • Redesignated 336th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy on 1 October 1976
  • Consolidated with the 536th Bombardment Squadron on 19 September 1985
  • Redesignated 336th Air Refueling Squadron on 1 February 1992[1]



Aircraft operated[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Robertson, Patsy (November 26, 2012). "Factsheet 336 Air Refueling Squadron (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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