171st ARS Fact Sheet Available

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Current operations and historical highlights of the 171st Air Refueling Squadron are featured in a new fact sheet on the squadron, now available via the 127th Wing's web site, www.127wg.ang.af.mil

The squadron, which flies the KC-135 Stratotanker, has been continuously deploying aircraft and Airmen on a rolling basis to the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility since mid-2011. Since acquiring the KC-135 mission in 2008, the unit has been in constant demand to support the mission of the Air Mobility Command, with Michigan Airmen supporting operations in the Pacific Command, in Europe and, in 2011, in support of operations around Libya.

The squadron's lineage is traced back to World War II when it was created as a fighter squadron. The 171st ARS is known around the world as the "Michigan Six-Pack," picking up the name in the early 1970s while designated a Fighter-Interceptor squadron and flying the F-106 Delta Dart.

The squadron's aircraft feature a distinctive checkerboard stripe which honor the heritage of the unit - a black and yellow checkerboard was first introduced in the unit's F-106 days - and the aircraft, which was first put in service in the days of the former Strategic Air Command, which utilized a stripe design on many of its aircraft.

The 171st ARS Fact Sheet is located here.

With approximately 1,700 Airmen assigned, the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard is the host organization at Selfridge, flying the KC-135 Stratotanker, an aerial refueler, and the A-10 Thunderbolt II, also known as the Warthog, which is an air-to-ground attack fighter. The 127th Wing is also home to a squadron that supports Air Force Special Operations Command. In addition to the Wing, Selfridge is home to numerous other military and federal agencies, which fly a variety of helicopters and small, light fixed-wing aircraft.