101st Fighter Wing

101st Air Refueling Wing
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132d Air Refueling Squadron – Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker refueling an F-22A Raptor
Active2 March 1942 – present
Country United States
Allegiance Maine
BranchUS-AirNationalGuard-2007Emblem.svg  Air National Guard
RoleAir Refueling
Part ofMaine Air National Guard
Garrison/HQBangor Air National Guard Base, Bangor, Maine
Motto(s)He Strikes As Lightning
Tail CodeA white tailband with black text 'Maine' included.
EngagementsBurma Campaign 1944–1945
Gabriel P. Disosway
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The 101st Air Refueling Wing (101 ARW) is a unit of the Maine Air National Guard, stationed at Bangor Air National Guard Base, Bangor, Maine. If activated to federal service with the United States Air Force, the 101 ARW is operationally-gained by the Air Mobility Command (AMC).


In the late 2010s the wing consists of the following major units:

132d Air Refueling Squadron (KC-135R)
132d AREFS KC-135A 57-1491 about 1980 in SAC markings
101st ARW KC-135Es at Pisa Airport, Italy, 1996


133d Fighter Squadron – Republic F-47D Thunderbolt, AF Ser. No. 44-89766, the first aircraft assigned to the New Hampshire Air National Guard

The mission of the 101st FIW was the air defense of New England. Its assigned squadrons were dispersed and equipped as follows:


Operation Enduring Freedom Deployment Patch, 2005
North East Tanker Task Force Patch, 1994
Activated on 25 October 1950
Federalized and ordered to active service on 1 February 1951
Inactivated on 6 February 1952[1]
Activated and received federal recognition on 1 November 1952


Gaining commands
Air Defense Command (later Aerospace Defense Command), 1 November 1952
Strategic Air Command, 1 July 1976
Air Combat Command, 1 June 1992
Air Mobility Command, 1 June 1993 – present


132d Fighter Squadron (later 132d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 132d Air Refueling Squadron), 31 March 1976 - (present?)





  1. ^ a b c d e f g Cornett & Johnson, p. 63
  2. ^ The 101st Fighter Group (Air Defense) was withdrawn from the Maine Air National Guard in 1954. In 1960, it was a unit of the New Hampshire Air National Guard. When it converted to the airlift mission, it was redesignated 157th Air Transport Group and a new 101st Fighter Group was activated in the Maine Air National Guard.


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