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The 70th Air Refueling Squadron is a United States Air Force Reserve squadron, assigned to the 349th Operations Group, stationed at Travis Air Force Base, California. It is an associate unit of the active duty 6th Air Refueling Squadron, 60th Air Mobility Wing.

70th Air Refueling Squadron
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82-0193 McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender (DC-10-30CF) USAF (6485990047).jpg
Active1942–1944; 1955–1993; 1994-present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
RoleAir Refueling
Part ofAir Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQTravis Air Force Base
Motto(s)Extending Excellence
EngagementsDesert Storm[1]
DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award[1]
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70th Air Refueling Squadron emblem (approved 8 August 1996)[1]70th Air Refueling Squadron.jpg
70th Air Refueling Squadron emblem (approved 8 May 1958)[1]70th Air Refueling Squadron - SAC - Emblem.png


World War IIEdit

The squadron trained North American B-25 Mitchell aircrews from September 1942to April 1944.

Air Refueling operationsEdit

It has conducted worldwide air refueling from 1955–1993. The 70th supported the National Emergency Airborne Command Post from 1970 to 1993. It also deployed aircrews and aircraft to Europe and the Arabian peninsula during the Gulf War from, 1990-1991.[1]

Reserve associate unitEdit

In 1994 the squadron resumed refueling operations, using the McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extenders of the active duty 9th Air Refueling Squadron.


470th Bombardment Squadron
  • Constituted as the 470th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 9 July 1942
Activated on 16 July 1942
Disbanded on 1 May 1944
  • Reconstituted on 19 September 1985 and consolidated with the 70th Air Refueling Squadron as the 70th Air Refueling Squadron[1]
Constituted as the 70th Air Refueling Squadron, Medium on 3 June 1955
Activated on 1 August 1955
Redesignated 70th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy on 1 November 1963
  • Consolidated with the 4'70th Air Bombardment Squadron' on 19 September 1985
Redesignated+ 70th Air Refueling Squadron on 1 September 1991
Inactivated on 1 April 1993
  • Activated in the reserve on 1 September 1994[1]



Deployed to Ernest Harmon Air Force Base, Newfoundland 26 June-15 August 1955, 24 June-24 September 1957, Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal (3 September 1958 – 12 January 1959, 5 October 1960 - 11 January 1961, 31 July-28 September 1962




Explanatory notes
  1. ^ Aircraft is McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender serial 82-193. Taken at the Avalon 2011 Australian International Airshow.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Robertson, Patsy (25 January 2011). "Factsheet 70 Air Refueling Squadron (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 16 September 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)


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