October 20, 2007 (by Jonathan Somerville) - In what is a major change for the Oklahoma ANG, the 185th AS will be giving up its C-130s and move to Tinker AFB, also in Oklahoma, to fly the KC-135 in a new aerial refueling mission.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ricky Bryant is last in line to board a C-130H #78-0808 at Bagram AB, Afghanistan, for a flight to Forward Operations Base Salearno, Afghanistan, on March 8, 2006. The aircraft and crew are assigned to the 185th AS. [USAF photo by Master Sgt. Lance Cheung]
For thirty yeas the 185th AS under the 137th AW has flown the venerable C-130 at Will Rogers ANGB, Oklahoma. This is all coming to an end as a result of the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Committees decision to close the base and consolidate their operation with the Tinker AFB Air Force Reserves. This would make the unit an associate unit within the 507th ARW where they would operate the KC-135.
The 185th AS has covered a tremendous history and most notably has a safety record of just under 600,000 flying hours without a major mishap. This outstanding record goes back to 1961, which is before the squadron converted to the Hercules in 1974. To celebrate the units history and the new mission, a family day was held on September 8th on the base.
Eight C-130H of the 185th AS were redistributed to two other units. Four aircraft were sent to the 139th AW at Rosecrans Memorial Airport while the remaining four went to the 136th AW at NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas.