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The 63rd Air Refueling Squadron, sometimes written as 63d Air Refueling Squadron, (63 ARS) is a United States Air Force Reserve squadron, assigned to the 927th Operations Group, stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. It is a corollary unit of the active duty 91st Air Refueling Squadron, 6th Air Mobility Wing (6 AMW). The squadron operates the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft conducting aerial refueling missions as the reserve associate to the 6th Air Mobility Wing.

63rd Air Refueling Squadron
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63rd Air Refueling Squadron Patch
Active12 December 1942 – 15 May 1946
21 June 1947 - Present
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Air Force
TypeAerial refueling
Part ofAir Force Reserve Command
4th Air Force
927th Air Refueling Wing
927th Operations Group
Garrison/HQMacDill Air Force Base
Nickname(s)Flying Jennies
DecorationsU.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
U.S. Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg NUC
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy MUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg PPUC
Presidential Unit Citation (Korea).svg ROK PUC
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm



The 63d flew aerial transportation and casualty evacuation in the South and Southwest Pacific from, 6 August 1943-c. August 1945, and between Japan and Korea from, 19 May-31 December 1952. The squadron received a Navy Unit Commendation for its service at part of the South Pacific Combat Air Transport Command (SCAT) from October 1943 to July 1944.[1] The squadron conducted tactical airlift operations from, 1953–1969 and 1971–1992 and trained for tactical air support missions from, 1969-1971. It deployed personnel to Southwest Asia in 1990 and 1991 during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. It has flown air refueling missions since 1992.[2]



  • 63d Troop Carrier Squadron (1942–1949)
  • 63d Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium (1949–1967)
  • 63d Tactical Airlift Squadron (1967–1969)
  • 63d Tactical Air Support Squadron (1969–1971)
  • 63d Tactical Airlift Squadron (1971–1992)
  • 63d Airlift Squadron (1992)
  • 63d Air Refueling Squadron (1992 – present)


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  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. ^ Armstrong, William. (2017). Marine Air Group 25 and SCAT (Images of Aviation). Arcadia. ISBN 1467127434.
  2. ^ a b c d e f AFHRA 63 ARS Page[permanent dead link]

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