185th Air Refueling Wing

The 185th Air Refueling Wing part of the Iowa Air National Guard is located in America's heartland at Sioux Gateway Airport/Colonel Bud Day Field in Sioux City, Iowa. The Unit was established in December 1946. Among its most famous luminary was actor Jimmy Stewart. He completed his pilot training and went on to fly 20 combat missions during the final years of the war.

Base Tours

If you're interested in bringing your group on a tour of the 185th, please call 712-233-0502.

Public Affairs Office

Area code is 712 

DSN is 585+last 4

185th Recruiting


Main Base


ID Cards


Public Affairs Office

712-233-0809 or 712-233-0732

Airman and Family Programs


Human Resources


Command Post


Security Forces



ANG Federal Mission

The Air National Guard's federal mission is to maintain well-trained, well-equipped units available for prompt mobilization during war and provide assistance during national emergencies (such as natural disasters or civil disturbances). During peacetime, the combat-ready units and support units are assigned to most Air Force major commands to carry out missions compatible with training, mobilization readiness, humanitarian and contingency operations such as Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

ANG State Mission

When Air National Guard units are not mobilized or under federal control, they report to the governor of their respective state, territory (Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands) or the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard. Each of the 54 National Guard organizations is supervised by the adjutant general of the state or territory. Under state law, the Air National Guard provides protection of life, property and preserves peace, order and public safety. These missions are accomplished through emergency relief support during natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and forest fires; search and rescue operations; support to civil defense authorities; maintenance of vital public services and counterdrug operations.