Welcome to the 459th Air Refueling Wing

Welcome to the 459th Air Refueling Wing website. Here you'll find the latest stories and photos of our wing's units and Airmen. Links to stories among the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command can also be found on the site. If you'd like to learn more about our primary aircraft, the KC-135R Stratotanker or other wing information, click on the 'About Us' link up top for further information. 

Joint Base Andrews, Md. 

Col. Douglas E. Gullion

Mission statement:

Provide Unsurpassed Air Refueling and Agile Combat Support From our Nation's Capital to the World 


Be the premier tanker wing in the Air Force… Liberators ready to fuel the fight!


8 KC-135R Stratotankers

Primary missions: 

Aerial refueling, Aeromedical Evacutation, troop and cargo transport. 

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Congratulations to our medal recipients and Quarterly Award winners recognized at Commander's Call this UTA!
Please join us in saying farewell to our Operations Group commander, Col. Thomas Pemberton, and wish him luck on his new endeavors at McGuire Air Force Base!
One of our 459th Air Refueling Wing members, Master Sgt. David Brown, shares a historical meeting with World War II veteran and is recognized by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force!
There are so many great educational opportunities afforded to JBA members and their families. Check out this Fire Explorer Academy offered to our youth:
Welcome to JBA Col. Andrew M. Purath! Purath is the newest commander of the 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews.
An Air Force veteran shares her story on PTSD hoping to help others endure this invisible wound.
Fourth of July is tomorrow and we all know what that means... fireworks! Have a great day and remember your firework safety.
The UH-1N Huey helicopters hosted at JBA's 1st Helicopter Squadron are slated to be replaced by new aircraft as early as 2020.
"The Air Force Reserve Command is expanding the Aviation Bonus Program to qualifying Air Reserve Technicians (ART) as part of an effort to increase rated-aircrew retention ... Eligible ARTs will receive a bonus of up to $18K, while AGRs will now receive up to $35K. Those interested have until Dec. 31 to apply."
June is LGBT Pride Month and JBA is hosting an awareness panel June 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 113th Wing auditorium (Building 3252). Attendees will learn about resources available to LGBT service members and be invited to participate in an anonymous question-and-answer session. Free pizza will be provided for lunch.
The first KC-46A's, the Air Force's latest in aerial refueling aircraft, are set to roll out at McConnell Air Force Base this October.
Cadets with the Civil Air Patrol had the memorable experience of seeing a refueling in action on board a KC-135 today! We appreciate everyone who assisted in the flight. Joint Base Andrews / Air Mobility Command / Air Force Reserve
In this month's Warrior Spotlight we recognize Staff Sgt. Bianca Johnson, who plays a vital role in keeping our pilot's vision clear for take off.
Get your video recognized! The Air Force is hosting a contest for Airmen to get creative and submit their best recruiting video. Winner will get the chance to be flown out to Washington, D.C. and shadow a professional marketing crew.
The 459th hosted a Safety Day event for our flying and maintenance squadrons this UTA following a directive from the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein to ensure the continued operational safety of our air systems. "We cannot afford to lose a single Airman or weapons system due to a mishap that could have been prevented,” said Goldfein. For more information, see the link in the comments section.
Love is in the air! We teamed up with the 113th Wing DC Air National Guard to host spouses from both units to fly on the KC-135 and witness refueling in action.
We would like to welcome Col. Douglas E. Gullion as our new Wing commander. Farewell to Col. David A. Owens Jr. who was a tremenous leader. We know we have been left in good hands and are looking forward to the many rewarding years to come. Joint Base Andrews / 113th Wing DC Air National Guard / Air Mobility Command / 4th Air Force Headquarters / Air Force Reserve
See how AFRC is tackling a maintainer shortage with a new recruitment program...
CONGRATULATIONS Washington Capitals!!! We are stoked to have hosted you!
The June issue of Citizen Airman magazine is now online. Check it out here:
That’s a slice of pie nobody wants. #ThanksgivingEve is one of the deadliest drinking days of the year.#DriveSober https://t.co/XyjAIZQ5v6
In the past 5 years, more than 800 people died in alcohol-related crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday.… https://t.co/F0qCRgx2eb
Drunk drivers were involved in 1 out of 3 fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday. #ThanksgivingEve #Drive Sober https://t.co/7PjFTL5ifh
Feast your eyes on this stat because #ThanksgivingEve is one of the deadliest drinking days of the year. #DriveSober https://t.co/JSebAhYx2F
#ThanksgivingEve is one of the deadliest days of the year. #DriveSober and make it to the table. Not the stat sheet. https://t.co/lIC5eFYmvt
RT @FOX13News: Despite age, tanker aircraft ‘invaluable' to America's military mission, @MacDill_AFB commander says: https://t.co/A4ErNjy05…
RT @CityofTampa: This week, Tampa celebrates its 130th birthday! We have evolved into a diverse, first-rate city & are proud of our roots!…
927 LRS in the house... Airmen from the 927 LRS will spend the next two weeks working with the 52nd FW/LRS https://t.co/dGebIFm7a3
#Motivationmonday. Here's a great shot of your Air Force Thunderbirds to get your week going... https://t.co/Lca6cjpCym
It's #Tankertuesday A shoutout to the 927 Maintenance Group that keep these 60-year-old birds in the air.. https://t.co/iGOHedWGWE
927ASTS provide no-cost medical care to Arkansas community Patients - 3990 procedures - 8961 value: $700,000… https://t.co/YcsI7llkqS
AF announces Fairchild AFB as preferred location for additional KC-135s https://t.co/hcdvx3sSh2
Want to know what goes on behind the gates of MacDill AFB? Ask a members of the 2017 Leadership Tampa Bay class. https://t.co/P9G34GvvYU
RT @LaserSpine: Roger Cary, @LaserSpine's CEO, signs #StatementOfSupport w/ @FL_ESGR @927ARW and #CitizenAirman gives #patriot award to LSI…
#ThrowbackThursday May 2010 - Haiti earthquake- 45th AES provided humanitarian medical care and evacuation. https://t.co/xl30orOg2x
Stay up-to-date with the 927 by liking our FB page. 927th Air Refueling Wing https://t.co/g4qDeUP8cv
Reservists don't forget civilian clothes or your family!! 927 Family Day... MacDill Beach - 1100am-3:00pm https://t.co/YM5mbyKi3E