By Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman, 6th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published November 18, 2019
A B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from MacDill AFB, Fla., for refueling support, Nov. 4, 2019. The KC-135 delivers rapid global mobility and air refueling to extend the capabilities for global strike and strategic deterrence missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)
Strategic deterrence is the responsibility of Airmen from each of the Air Force’s major commands and Air Mobility Command’s role is to deliver rapid global mobility. Mobility Airmen step up every day to contribute to the high-end fight.
Through precise training, the Airmen of the 927th and 6th Air Refueling Wings stationed at MacDill Air Force Base remain ready to deter near-peer adversaries.
“U.S. national security is underpinned by the strength of our nuclear deterrence,” said Lt. Col. Scott Korell, 6th Operations Support Squadron commander. “It is our duty as America’s security blanket to prioritize this most critical mission first and above all other assigned missions and tasks.”
According to Korell, through their professionalism, the Airmen at MacDill AFB are able to execute the vital mission of securing the third leg of the Defense Department’s Nuclear Triad.
For MacDill AFB’s aircrews and maintainers, providing support to strategic deterrence efforts is second nature. By applying their skills, these Airmen ensure that MacDill AFB’s KC-135 Stratotankers are able to taxi and takeoff to provide unmatched air refueling and extend the capabilities of America’s strategic fleet.
“Tankers extend the reach of strategic nuclear strikes by B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit aircraft and provide recallable airborne options to decision makers during times of escalating world tensions,” Korell said. “Every day our warfighters demonstrate our strength, resilience and lethality to our adversaries watching our every strategic move.”
Supporting the National Deterrence Strategy remains MacDill AFB’s top priority, and Airmen from the two wings are ready to execute AMC’s mission of delivering rapid global mobility.
“No matter where, no matter when, the mobility Airmen at MacDill (AFB) will continue to stand ready to deter aggression from our adversaries,” said Col. Steve Snelson, 6th ARW commander.