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916ARW receives two new aircraft

Col. Stephen Lanier, 916th Air Refueling Wing Commander watches the third aircraft assigned to the wing park on Sept 11, 2020. Tail 052 and tail 024 both made the journey from Boeing Air Field Seattle, Washington to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina that day.

916ARW receives two new aircraft

Tail 052 comes to a stop on the 916th Air Refueling Wing ramp at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina on Sept 11, 2020. The aircraft was one of two delivered that day from Boeing Air Field in Seattle, Washington.

916ARW receives two new aircraft

Tail 024 passes Tail 052 on the 916th Air Refueling Wing ramp after both aircraft travelled to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base from Boeing Air Field on Sept. 11, 2020.

916ARW receives two new aircraft

Maj. Gen. Jay D. Jensen, Director of Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, greets Col. Stephen Lanier, 916th Air Refueling Wing Commander and other group commanders on his arrival to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base on Sept. 11, 2020. Jensen flew onboard tail 052 and served as the delivery official for the aircraft.

916ARW receives two new aircraft

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey T. Pennington exits from tail 024 after its arrival to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. on the 916th Air Refueling Wing ramp, Sept. 11, 2020.

916th welcomes two new aircraft

Maj. Gen. Jay D. Jensen, Director of Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey T. Pennington, Commander, Fourth Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, March Air Reserve Base, California, and Col. Stephen L. Lanier, 916th Air Refueling Wing Commander, pose in front of the 916th ARW Headquarters building at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina on Sept. 12, 2020. They are featured in front of models of the KC-46, KC-10 and KC-135 aircraft, current and legacy aircraft for the wing.

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The 916th Air Refueling Wing received two new KC-46A Pegasus aircraft on Sept. 11, 2020 as the Air Force Reserve unit continues its transition to the newest aerial refueling tanker.

Maj. Gen. Jay D. Jensen, Director of Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, and Brig. Gen. Jeffery T. Pennington, Commander, Fourth Air Force, AFRC, March Air Reserve Base, California, served as delivery officials of the force multiplier aircraft.

"The delivery of the KC-46A is a prime example of how we are reforming our Air Force Reserve to meet the future fight through transitioning to the next generation of Air Power," commented Lt. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, Chief of the Air Force Reserve and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command.

“Building a fleet of aircraft capable of delivering global reach and global power is a hugely tall order,” Pennington said. “The criticality in providing a weapons system that’s capable of doing more things is absolutely vital … That was designed into the [KC-46] platform.”

The Pegasus was built as a multi-purpose aircraft, able to accommodate cargo and personnel transport, as well as aeromedical transportation capabilities. These components represent a new era in aerial refueling, recapitalizing the aging tanker fleet comprised of KC-135 Stratotanker and KC-10 Extender aircraft.

Personnel assigned under all aircrew and maintenance billets benefited from receiving instruction provided by McConnell AFB, Kansas, and Altus AFB, Oklahoma. They have also been able to meet and learn from their counterparts at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire., overcoming challenges and building effective teams across the Air Force Reserve.

“I think the most important part with increasing our inventory and moving forward is to train a robust aircrew and maintenance force,” said Lt. Col. Douglas Miller, KC-46 pilot and Assistant Director of Operations, 77th Air Refueling Squadron. “Sticking to fundamentals and following our checklists is vital for training in the new airframe.”

The 916th ARW will receive eight more aircraft between now and 2021.