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99th Air Refueling Squadron
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99th Air Refueling Squadron Patch
Active 15 July 1942 – 1 May 1944
1 July 1957 – 30 September 1973
1 October 1983 – Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Aerial refueling
Part of Air Mobility Command
18th Air Force
6th Air Mobility Wing/117th Air Refueling Wing
6th Operations Group/117th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Birmingham Air National Guard Base, AL
Nickname(s) RAMROD (While Stationed at Westover 1957-1973)
Decorations Air Force Meritorious Unit ribbon.svg MUA
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/V Device
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm

The 99th Air Refueling Squadron (99 ARS) is part of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at Birmingham Air National Guard Base, Alabama. It is an Active Associate Unit; an active duty component assigned with the 117th Air Refueling Wing. The 99th Air Refueling Squadron works with, supports and flies the 117th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.


Established in early 1942 initially as a long-range B-17 Flying Fortress reconnaissance squadron, later being redesignated as a heavy bomb squadron before activation in July. Was assigned to II Bomber Command as a heavy bomber Operational Training Unit (OTU). The squadron was assigned primarily to airfields in the Pacific Northwest under II BC; performing training of new units, then becoming a Replacement Training Unit (RTU). Reassigned to III Bomber Command in November 1943 when Second Air Force began to exclusively train B-29 Superfortress aircrews. Continued as a B-17 RTU until the end of heavy bomber training of replacement aircrews in May 1944; was inactivated.

Reactivated in 1957 as a KC-135 Stratotanker squadron under Strategic Air Command. It conducted Theater and overseas aerial refueling, beginning in 1958, including support of operations in Southeast Asia between 1965 and 1973. The 99th also had an airborne command post mission from, 1965–1970. It has flown worldwide aerial refueling missions since 1983 and airborne command post mission between 1984 and 1991.[1]

The 99th supported operations in Grenada, 23–24 Oct 1983, Panama, 18–21 Dec 1989, Southwest Asia, Aug 1990 – Mar 1991, and over Bosnia, Jan–Feb 1995 and Aug 1996. It Provided personnel and aircraft for refueling aircraft enforcing no-fly zones over Iraq in 1996. In 1997 and 1998, unit resources refueled airplanes flying continuing missions along the border of Iraq in Southwest Asia. In 1998 and 1999, the squadron also supported operations over the former Yugoslavia. The squadron also refueled aircraft involved in antidrug operations over the Caribbean Sea in 1998. After the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., on 11 September 2001, the squadron supported Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the transportation of Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and counter-drug operations in South America.[1]

In 2008, the squadron was inactivated at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. In 2009, it was activated at Birmingham Air National Guard Base, AL under the Chief of Staff of the Air Force's Total Force Integration initiative. The squadron and its personnel remain an active duty Air Force unit with administrative control falling to the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, FL. Operational direction for day-to-day taskings come from the 117th Air Refueling Wing at Birmingham, AL.


Emblem of the World War II 399th Bombardment Squadron

  • Constituted as 9th Reconnaissance Squadron (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942
Redesignated as 399th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 22 Apr 1942
Activated on 15 Jul 1942
Inactivated on 1 May 1944
  • Consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with 99th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy, which was constituted on 12 Feb 1957
Activated on 1 Jul 1957
Inactivated on 30 Sep 1973
  • Activated on 1 Oct 1983
Redesignated as 99th Air Refueling Squadron on 1 Sep 1991
Inactivated on 1 Sep 2008
  • Activated on 1 Oct 2009.


Operationally controlled by: 117th Air Refueling Wing

Bases stationed[1]

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