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MacDill’s key Air Force unit gets a new name

The 6th Air Mobility Wing celebrates its 100th anniversary while getting a redesignation
The KC-135s are the main aircraft for the 6th Air Mobility Wing soon to be redesignated as the 6th Air Refueling Wing. [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Sep. 30

TAMPA — MacDill Air Force Base’s 6th Air Mobility Wing will be known as an Air Refueling Wing starting Tuesday as the unit celebrates its 100th anniversary.

The wing’s 310 Airlift squadron recently left the base, making it primarily a refueling wing. This marks the latest redesignation in the wing’s 100-year history.

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It was originally established as the 3rd Observation Group by the U.S. Army Air Service on Sept. 30, 1919. It’s been active in every major U.S. conflict since World War I and and was one of the Air Force’s original combat groups.

“The Sixth has built a legacy of excellence over the course of 100 years,” Col. Steve Snelson, the wing and base commander, said in a statement. “No matter the mission, no matter the designation, we will continue to carry on the Fighting Sixth’s legacy to win any fight at any time.”




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