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What is an ARW in the United States Air Force?


ARW is the abbreviation for Air Refueling Wing in the United States Air Force. The mission of an Air Refueling Wing is to provide mid-air refueling support to fighter jets and other aircraft. Air Refueling Wing's typically use the KC-135 refueler for this mission. Along with the refueling mission, an Air Refueling Wing contains support elements, like other Air Force wings. These include personnel and administrative support, supply and medical support and other functions that are necessary for day-to-day operation of the wing. Air Refueling Wings are usually commanded by a commissioned officer in the rank of Colonel (pay grade of O-6). There are currently approximately 37 Air Refueling Wings in the Air Force, located across the United States and in several overseas locations.



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