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900th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron
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Emblem of the 900th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron
Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2008)
Active 1962-2008
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Bombardment

The 900th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron (900 EARS) is a provisional United States Air Force unit. It was last known to be assigned to the 398th Air Expeditionary Group, stationed at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The 900 EARS may be activated or inactivated at any time.


Established under Strategic Air Command on 9 Apr 1962 as the 900th Air Refueling Squadron at Sheppard AFB, Texas, equipped with KC-135 Stratotankers. The squadron provided air refueling primarily to the B-52 Stratofortress-equipped 4245th Strategic Wing and other USAF units as directed. Reassigned to the 494th Bombardment Wing at Sheppard on 1 Feb 1963 when the 494th replaced the 4245th SW.

Reassigned by SAC to the 509th Bombardment Wing at Pease AFB, New Hampshire on 2 April 1966 upon inactivation of the 494th BMW. Inactivated on 25 June 1966, most personnel and equipment being assigned to the 509th ARS.

Converted to a provisional squadron sometime in the 1990s; assigned to the United States Air Forces in Europe as a KC-135 refueling organization. Attached to the deployed Kansas Air National Guard 190th Air Refueling Wing at Incirlik AB, Turkey in 2001, supporting aircraft operations during Operation Northern Watch.

Reactivated approximately 2003 and attached to the 398th Air Expeditionary Group, again at Incirlik AB, supporting operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Inactivated approximately 2008.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
Strategic Air Command emblem, 1962-1966

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