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The primary mission of the 171st Air Refueling Wing is to provide in-flight refueling to Department of Defense and NATO aircraft. In doing so, we provide resources for global engagement, meet national objectives, and assist local and state authorities at the direction of the governor. The 171st also supports the Homeland Defense mission on a daily basis. Our secondary mission is cargo and passenger transportation. In performing this secondary mission, our tankers are continuously called upon to airlift cargo and passengers worldwide. It is not unusual for several of our aircraft to be deployed simultaneously to various locations around the globe performing real-world missions (refueling and airlift).
The wing is proud to support two Geographically Separated Units (GSUs), the 258th Air Traffic Control Squadron in Johnstown, PA and the 146th Weather Flight, a Special Operations Command unit.