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384th Air Refueling Squadron
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384th Air Refueling Squadron Patch
Active 5 March 1943 - 31 March 1946
1 April 1955 - 25 June 1966
30 September 1973 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Aerial refueling
Part of Air Mobility Command
18th Air Force
22d Air Refueling Wing
22d Operations Group
Garrison/HQ McConnell Air Force Base
Nickname(s) "The Squarepatchers"
Colors Maroon/Silver
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DCU
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/ V Device
Ruban de la croix de guerre 1939-1945.PNG FCdG w/ Palm

Loading bombs on Martin B-26G-1-MA Marauder Serial 43-34194 of the 584th Bomb Squadron.

Emblem of the World War II 584th Bombardment Squadron

Emblem of the 384th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron

The 384th Air Refueling Squadron (384 ARS) is part of the 22d Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. It operates the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft conducting aerial refueling missions.



The squadron flew combat missions in the European Theater of Operations from, 23 March 1944 – 20 April 1945. It conducted aerial refueling for Strategic Air Command bombers in North Atlantic area from, 1955–1965 and has flown worldwide aerial refueling sorties since 1973 including support to operations in Panama from, 18–20 December 1989 and Southwest Asia from, August 1990–March 1991.[1]



  • Constituted 584th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 15 Feb 1943.
  • Activated on 5 Mar 1943.
  • Redesignated: 584th Bombardment Squadron, Medium, on 9 Oct 1944
  • Redesignated: 584th Bombardment Squadron, Light, on 3 Dec 1945
  • Inactivated on 31 Mar 1946
  • Consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with 384th Air Refueling Squadron, Medium, which was
  • Constituted on 3 Mar 1955
  • Activated on 1 Apr 1955.
  • Discontinued, and inactivated, on 25 Jun 1966.
  • (Reconstituted and) Redesignated 384th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy, on 19 Jun 1973.
  • Activated on 30 Sep 1973
  • Redesignated 384th Air Refueling Squadron on 1 Sep 1991


Bases stationed[1]

Aircraft Operated[1]


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