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914th re-designates as an air refueling wing

The 914th Airlift Wing was re-designated as an air refueling wing during a special ceremony held June 3, 2017 at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. This ceremony marked the transition for the wing from the C-130 Hercules to the KC-135 Stratotanker.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

The 914th Airlift Wing was re-designated as an air refueling wing during a special ceremony held June 3, 2017 at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. This ceremony marked the transition for the wing from the C-130 Hercules to the KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

A video that traces the history of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station's lineage back to World War II where they operated as the 3rd Combat Cargo Squadron where they flew the C-47 Skytrain. The 914th ARW would go on to fly the C-119 Flying Boxcar, C-130 Hercules, and their current air frame the KC-135 Stratotanker.

The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station hosted a mission change ceremony becoming the 914th Air Refueling Wing. In the wing's previous mission as an Airlift Wing they recorded over 187,000 accident free flying hours.

Col. Brian S. Bowman, 914th Air Refueling Wing Commander, relinquishes the 22nd Air Force flag to Brig. Gen. Steven B. Parker, 94th Airlift Wing Commander, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, GA, representing 22nd Air Force, during the Change of Mission Ceremony, June 3, 2017, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. The Airlift Wing has been re-designated as an Air Refueling Wing, and as such, will fall under 4th Air Force moving forward. Under the new mission, the 914th will be flying the KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

Col. Brian S. Bowman, 914th Air Refueling Wing Commander, relinquishes the 22nd Air Force flag to Brig. Gen. Steven B. Parker, 94th Airlift Wing Commander, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, GA, representing 22nd Air Force, during the Change of Mission Ceremony, June 3, 2017, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. The Airlift Wing has been re-designated as an Air Refueling Wing, and as such, will fall under 4th Air Force moving forward. Under the new mission, the 914th will be flying the KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

Col. Brian S. Bowman, 914th Air Refueling Wing Commander, accepts the 4th Air Force flag from Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force Commander, March Air Reserve Base, CA, during the Change of Mission Ceremony, June 3, 2017, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. The Airlift Wing has been re-designated as an Air Refueling Wing, and as such, will fall under 4th Air Force moving forward. Under the new mission, the 914th will be flying the KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

Col. Brian S. Bowman, 914th Air Refueling Wing Commander, accepts the 4th Air Force flag from Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, 4th Air Force Commander, March Air Reserve Base, CA, during the Change of Mission Ceremony, June 3, 2017, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. The Airlift Wing has been re-designated as an Air Refueling Wing, and as such, will fall under 4th Air Force moving forward. Under the new mission, the 914th will be flying the KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

Col. Brian S. Bowman, 914th Air Refueling Wing Commander, addresses the crowd during the Change of Mission Ceremony, June 3, 2017, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. This transition marks the end of a 46-year mission as an Airlift Wing, flying the C-130 aircraft. Under the new mission, the 914th will be flying the KC-135 Statotanker (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

Col. Brian S. Bowman, 914th Air Refueling Wing Commander, addresses the crowd during the Change of Mission Ceremony, June 3, 2017, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. This transition marks the end of a 46-year mission as an Airlift Wing, flying the C-130 aircraft. Under the new mission, the 914th will be flying the KC-135 Statotanker (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

Members of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Honor Guard stand at the ready, in the final moments before the 914th official Mission Change Ceremony in which the Airlift Wing will be re-designated as an Air Refueling Wing, June 3, 2017, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. This transition marks the end of a 46-year mission, flying the C-130 aircraft. Under the new mission, the 914th will be flying the KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

Members of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Honor Guard stand at the ready, in the final moments before the 914th official Mission Change Ceremony in which the Airlift Wing will be re-designated as an Air Refueling Wing, June 3, 2017, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. This transition marks the end of a 46-year mission, flying the C-130 aircraft. Under the new mission, the 914th will be flying the KC-135 Stratotanker. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. --

A re-designation ceremony was held June 3rd here marking a significant milestone as the 914th Airlift Wing re-designated to the 914th Air Refueling Wing.  This ceremony ushers in a transition within the wing's history as we move to a primarily aerial refueling mission set.

 

It is worthy to take pause and reflect on the great accomplishments of the 914th throughout its long and rich history both abroad and at home.  The 914th traces its lineage back through its flying squadron to its roots as the 3rd Combat Cargo Squadron flying missions over the Himalaya Mountains in China-Burma-India during World War II.

 

The 914th Airlift Wing holds a record of over 184,000 accident free flying hours over the last 56 years maintaining a 100% safety record.  After 73 years of flying tactical airlift, the exceptional Airmen and civilians here at the 914th will continue a legacy of integrity, service, and excellence as we continue forging ahead and establishing a new chapter in the history of the 914th Air Refueling Wing flying the KC-135 Stratotanker.