The 912th will support the 452nd Air Mobility Wing
Lt. Col. Brice Middleton assumes command of the 912th Air Refueling Squadron at a ceremony at the Cultural Resource Center Dec. 3. The new squadron is an active duty associate at March Air Reserve Base that will support the 336th Air Refueling Squadron and 452nd Maintenance Group while remaining under the administrative control of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing located at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard)
by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard
452 AMW Public Affairs
12/15/2010 - MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, CALIF. -- At the forefront of Total Force Integration, Fairchild's 92nd Air Refueling Wing reactivated the 912th Air Refueling Squadron Dec. 3 at March Air Reserve Base, Calif.
As part of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March, the 912th is an active duty squadron that will work in tandem with the March 336th Air Refueling Squadron and 452nd Maintenance Group. The 912 ARS will remain under the administrative control of the 92 ARW.
"We delivered mobility gear they didn't have, but we did, which is an example of our administrative support enabling them to fly their operations," said Col. Paul H. Guemmer, 92 ARW commander.
Activating this squadron will directly support the 452nd's refueling mission by using available Reserve resources. For example, active duty Airmen will fly missions with Reserve aircraft.
"Guard and Reserve Airmen aren't always necessarily available, but the jets are, so Air Mobility Command incorporated active duty Airmen here to fly the missions guardsmen and reservists can't fill," said Lt. Col. Brice Middleton, 912 ARS commander.
"The active duty squadron will enable us to use the assets and the geographical area lets us supply more refueling capabilities in the Southwest," Colonel Guemmer added. "As a KC-135 (active) associate, the 912th sits squarely on the tip of the Total Force Integration spear. With the total force, we provide combatant commanders with a more capable and agile air component for increased global operations."
In coming months, more active duty Airmen will filter in to fill the 200 slots provided to directly support the 452nd AMW. There will be more than 30 aircrew members and 130 maintainers. The remainder of the squadron members will support operations within the 452nd AMW in fields to include: life support, intelligence, supply, command post, crew communications, medical and commander support staff.
The official activation ceremony was headed by Colonel Guemmer as the presiding officer, who bestowed command of the 912 ARS to Colonel Middleton. Before taking command of the 912 ARS, Colonel Middleton was the director of operations for one of the flying squadrons at Fairchild.
Colonel Middleton and his team will support homeland defense missions, 618th Air Operations Center at Tinker Airlift Control Center-directed missions and combat operations supporting countless contingencies side-by-side with his Reserve counterparts, Colonel Guemmer said.
The total force Airmen in the 912 ARS will enable the 452 AMW to successfully deliver global reach and power to forces at home station and overseas by supporting air refueling missions.
"Standing up a squadron is great because we can share stories about what worked at different places helping us play off each other's strengths and weaknesses," added Colonel Middleton. "We'll have a lot of lessons learned and things to build on."