Team Fairchild

92nd Air Refueling Wing

The 92d Air Refueling Wing is the host unit to Team Fairchild comprised of the 141st Air Refueling Wing, the 336th Training Group, and other tenant organizations. Team Fairchild encompasses 11,868 active-duty, Air National Guard, tenant unit members, dependents, and civilian employees. Another major tenant organization is the Armed Forces Reserve Center, which opened in April ‘10, comprising approximately 869 Army Guard and Reserve personnel assigned to 18 units with various missions.

The 92d ARW operates 68 KC-135 R/T Stratotanker aircraft with a weapon system value of $3.2 billion. As the host unit to Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., the wing controls 6,151 acres and 1,687 buildings.

The 92d ARW is responsible for providing aerial refueling, as well as rapid and reliable passenger and cargo airlift and aero-medical evacuations. Fairchild's missions support U.S. and coalition conventional operations and U.S. Strategic Command strategic deterrence missions. Fairchild directly supports Air Mobility Command's mission, providing global reach airpower and deploying expeditionary combat support forces in support of worldwide contingency requirements. The 92d ARW capability of aerial refueling enhances the Air Force's ability to accomplish its primary missions of Global Reach and Global Power.

The 92d Air Refueling Wing is structured under four groups: Operations, Maintenance, Mission Support, and Medical, as well as 12 staff agencies organized under the Director of Staff.

The 92d Operations Group is responsible for 6 squadrons: the 92d Air Refueling Squadron, 93d Air Refueling Squadron, 97th Air Refueling Squadron, 384th Air Refueling Squadron, the 912th Air Refueling Squadron, and the 92d Operations Support Squadron. The 92d Operations Support Squadron oversees the following functions: weather, tactics, aircrew training, aircrew flight equipment, airfield management, air traffic control, combat crew communications, current operations and the wing's flight simulator.

The 92d Maintenance Group is comprised of the 92d Aircraft Maintenance, 92d Maintenance and the 92d Maintenance Operations Squadrons. The group provides field-level maintenance support for the KC-135 R/T aircraft and more than 374 pieces of aerospace ground equipment supporting worldwide aerial refueling and airlift operations. The group also provides services for transient contract and military aircraft. Furthermore, the 92d Maintenance Group maintains a high state of combat readiness personnel and equipment supporting the worldwide contingency and nuclear deterrence operations, while maintaining base munitions.

The 92d Mission Support Group is built on the pillars of mission, Airmen, families and community. The 92d MSG consists of six squadrons comprised of more than 1,300 Airmen, civilians and contract personnel. The group provides professional civil engineers, communications, contracting, logistics, force support, security forces, and combat, community and family support services for Fairchild and expeditionary commanders.

The 92d Medical Group serves more than 31,000 eligible beneficiaries in the local area and currently has more than 12,000 enrolled in the Military Treatment Facility. The group has a staff of 308 and an annual budget of $12.3 million. The medical clinic receives more than 53,766 outpatient visits and 10,405 dental visits annually. The group consists of 92d Health Care Operations Squadron, 92d Operational Medical Readiness Squadron and the 92d Medical Support Squadron.

The Wing Staff Agencies include legal, plans and programs, safety, command and control, chapel, public affairs, military equal opportunity, sexual assault prevention program, protocol, historian and the inspector general.


The 141st Air Refueling Wing reports through the Washington Adjutant General to the Governor in order to respond to natural disasters and times of civil unrest. In addition to the state mission to provide protection to life and property and to preserve peace, order and public safety for Washington State, the wing also has a federal mission. The unit's federal mission is to train, equip and deploy forces to locations worldwide in support of the specific contingency operations.

When mobilized by Congress or the U.S. President, the wing fulfills its Constitutional role and supports AMC's airlift and aerial refueling requirements under the 18th Air Force. The 141st trains to provide worldwide aerial refueling to United States and allied aircraft, counter drug surveillance and interdiction, and combat support across the spectrum of conflict.

The mobility needs of the modern military have seen 141st ARW tankers in all corners of the globe. The wing has supported Air Expeditionary Forces in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Turkey, Hungary, North and South America and Australia. Since becoming a refueling wing, the unit has supported American Forces and its allies in conflicts in Europe and the Middle East, as well as numerous peacetime and humanitarian missions at home and abroad.


The 336th Training Group is home to the Air Force's Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) school. The 336 TRG consists of three squadrons and one flight, with geographically separated detachments at Lackland AFB, Texas, Pensacola NAS, Fla., and Eielson AFB, Alaska. The Survival School teaches 22 different courses to approximately 20,000 students at the four locations annually. Their mission statement: To provide at risk of isolation personnel with the skills and confidence to 'Return with Honor'.

The 336th Training Support Squadron provides superior resources and support services to the SERE mission by way of medical and psychological care, vehicle maintenance and repair, syllabus and courseware development and enhancement, roads and facilities operations and maintenance and administrative services. They single-handedly ensure network capabilities, parachute rigging and medical support for search and rescue (SAR) missions. Additionally, they maintain more than 350 miles of roads in the 500,000-acre Colville National Forest while also ensuring the operability of 30 facilities.

The 36th Rescue Squadron supports the 336th Training Group in the execution of all AETC syllabi and provides evacuation of injured DoD personnel from remote training areas. Support operations include live rescue hoist training, para-drop demonstrations and combat rescue procedures training. The 36 RQS is on 24-hour standby six days a week, 50 weeks a year to provide medical evacuation coverage for students and instructors. The 36 RQS also supports the National Search-and-Rescue (SAR) Plan by conducting SAR and medical evacuation missions in the Pacific Northwest, covering a four-state region. On average, the unit responds to 15 to 20 calls for assistance each year and is credited with saving 673 lives since its inception in 1971. In doing so, the 36 RQS is proud to uphold the motto of rescue personnel worldwide: "That Others May Live."

The 22nd Training Squadron is tasked with teaching those "at risk of isolation personnel." The basic course, which instructs all aspects of SERE, lasts 19 days and occurs 50 weeks out of each year. The majority of the course is taught at Fairchild AFB; however, six days are spent approximately 70 miles north of the base, in the mountains of the Colville and Kaniksu National Forests. This course consists of physical and psychological stresses of survival, hands-on training in post-ejection procedures and parachute landing falls, survival medicine and recovery device training and equipment procedures. In the field, students receive additional training which includes food procurement and preparation, day and night land navigation techniques, evasion travel and camouflage techniques, ground-to-air signals and aircraft vectoring procedures and shelter construction. Finally, students are returned to Fairchild and receive Code of Conduct Training in evasion and conduct after capture. The 66th Training Squadron is the Air Force's sole source of training, developing and certifying new SERE specialists.

The SERE Specialist Training course is a five-and-a-half month program designed to teach future survival instructors how to instruct aircrew members to survive in a broad variety of training environments. Future SERE specialists are trained while entrenched in each of those environments which include: temperate, desert, coastal, open-ocean, tropics, rough land (rocks), arctic and evasion. The 66 TRS also conducts a non-ejection water survival course, which trains aircrew members of non-parachute-equipped aircraft. This training includes lessons such as techniques in signaling rescue aircraft, hazardous aquatic life, food and water procurement, medical aspects of water survival and life raft procedures.




The Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) is a Chairman's Controlled Activity aligned under the Director, Joint Staff J-7. JPRA is designated as DoD's office of primary responsibility for DoD-wide personnel recovery matters, less policy. JPRA is headquartered in Fort Belvoir, Va., with schools located in Fredericksburg, Va., and Spokane, Wash.


  • 509th Weapons School (ACC)
  • 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 13 (AETC)
  • Army Air Force Exchange (AAFES)
  • Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)
  • Air Force Audit Agency (AFAA)
  • Army Corps of Engineers (COE)
  • Envision Store/HAZMAT
  • Area Defense Council (ADC)
  • Defense Security Forces (DSS) Field Office
  • Defense Energy Support Center (DESC)
  • Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Detachment 322
  • D Flight, 368th Recruiting Squadron
  • Naval/Marine Corps Reserve Readiness Center
  • Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO)
  • Armed Forces Reserve Center

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92nd Air Refueling Wing