185th Announces June 10th Open House

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  • By Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
  • 185th Air Refueling Wing

Officials at the 185th Air Refueling Wing announced today at a city press conference, that the Sioux City based Iowa Air Guard unit will host an Open House event at the base on June 10, 2017. Lieutenant Col. Eric Kilburg from the 185th said the Open House on the 10th will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


According to Kilburg, the event is being held in order to allow people from the community to see the Air Guard facility at the airport and view current U.S. Military Aircraft and equipment.


“This is a great event that allows friends and family on the base to see what we do, but it is also a great opportunity for the entire community to come on base and see their home town Air Force.” said Kilburg.


Kilburg stated that, the 185th is made up of people who live and work in Sioux City and the surrounding communities, most of whom are drill status guard members who serve part time.


 It is important to invite the community to the base, he said because unit members need the support of their community to make it all work.


The 185th Air Refueling Wing is assigned the U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, mid-air refueling aircraft that will be on display the day of the event. As part of the activities, visitors will be able to go inside the KC-135 to see the inner workings of the iconic refueling aircraft.  


Kilburg said there will be numerous other aircraft on display, like the U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II  and F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft.


During the event, the unit will also host a variety of large cargo and bomber aircraft such as the U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, C- 5 Galaxy, B-1 Lancer and the B-52 Statofortress. There will also be a fly over of a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit from neighboring Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.


As part of the activities for the Open House, Kilburg noted that there will also be numerous food vendors on the base as well as other displays. There will also be a 5K run beginning at 9:00am which  will be held rain or shine.


“It has been a number of years since we opened up the base for an event like this. We are looking forward to a great day,” said Kilburg.


*Editor's Note: This event is free and open to the public

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