Sioux City, Iowa --
Sioux City, IA - Members of the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing maintenance group recently returned from deployments to Andersen Air Force base, Guam and Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, with 54 total earned Air Force Achievement and Commendation medals.
At U.S. Pacific Command the Airmen were assigned to the 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron assigned to PACOM at Andersen AFB, Guam in support of Global Power from July thru September, 2019.
Col. Shawn R. Streck, the 185th ARW maintenance group commander stated, “I had the opportunity to deploy with our Airmen to Anderson AFB, Guam this summer. They worked tirelessly 24/7 every day to meet the flying schedule. Our maintainers, aircrew and support team accomplished the mission in an outstanding manner.”
The missions included Iowa Air Guard’s U.S. Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker aircrew, aircraft maintainers, and mission support experts.
At U. S. Central Command the 185th ARW Airman were assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Kandahar airfield, Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel from October 2018 thru March 2019.
“We are very proud of our aircraft maintainers. They bring a positive professional attitude to work every day both here at the 185th ARW and while deployed around the world,” said Streck.
During these missions, the maintenance team had a combined ensured execution of 1365 sorties, flying more than 6460 hours and offloading 3.2 million pounds of fuel, supporting the elimination of 273 enemy combatants.