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The 940th Air Refueling Wing is an Air Force Reserve tenant unit at Beale Air Force Base in Northern California.  The active duty 9th Reconnaissance Wing is the host organization. 

9th Reconnaissance Wing Fact Sheets

The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is responsible for providing national and theater command authorities with timely, reliable, high-quality, high-altitude reconnaissance products. To accomplish this mission, the wing is equipped with the nation's fleet of U-2 and RQ-4 reconnaissance aircraft and associated support equipment. The wing also maintains a high state of readiness in its expeditionary combat support forces for potential deployment in response to theater contingencies. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is composed of more than 4,500 personnel in four groups at Beale and multiple overseas operating locations.


History of Beale Air Force Base

Beale Air Force Base not only has a unique mission, but it was named for a unique individual. Unlike most other bases that were named for aviators, Beale was named after Edward Fitzgerald Beale (1822-1893), The nineteenth-century pioneer. Beale graduated from the Naval Academy, served in the California militia and let the experiment to replace Army mules with camels.

940th Air Refueling Wing

940th Air Refueling Fact Sheet

History of the 940th Air Refueling Wing

The 940th Air Refueling Wing has a long and distinguished history dating back to 1963. Beginning with troop carriers, the mission transitioned to air transport, military airlift, tactical airlift, air refueling, the C2ISR (command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) mission and back to air refueling.


KC-135R Stratotanker Fact Sheet

The KC-135 Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years. This unique asset enhances the Air Force's capability to accomplish it's mission of global reach. It also provides aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied nation aircraft. The KC-135 is also capable of transporting litter and ambulatory patients using support pallets during aeromedical evacuations.

940th Subordinate Units

940th Operations Group 
  940th Operations Support Squadron
  314th Air Refueling Squadron

940th Maintenance Group 
  940th Maintenance Squadron
  940th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

940th Mission Support Group 
  940th Force Support Squadron
  940th Logistics Readiness Squadron
  940th Security Forces Squadron 
  940th Civil Engineer Squadron
  940th Communications Flight
940th Aerospace Medicine Squadron

940th Wing Headquarters Element


13th Reconnaissance Squadron

The 13th Reconnaissance Squadron is an associate unit that provides theater commanders with near-real-time intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition data. The squadron operates and maintains deployable, long-endurance RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft and ground control elements to fulfill training and operational requirements generated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in support of unified commanders and the Secretary of Defense. The 13 RS is a geographically-separated unit assigned to the 726th Operations Group out of Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, but is located at Beale Air Force Base, California.

713th Combat Operations Squadron

The mission of the 713th Combat Operations Squadron is to provide steady state, contingency and wartime augmentation to Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Air Force Forces staff through direct augmentation, reach back capability, and the ability to deploy throughout the Pacific Theater. The 713 COS delivers mission essential, operational level command and control capability and continuity across the entire spectrum of military operations from humanitarian assistance to combat operations. The 713th develops and leverages reserve personnel subject matter expertise to integrate into the AFFOR staff to plan and create effects, from strategy to task, to meet Commander AFFOR/Joint Forces Air Component Commander goals and objectives. The 713 COS is the only U.S. Air Force Reserve unit designated to support the AFFOR mission role.

50th Intelligence Squadron

The 50th Intelligence Squadron is a Classic Associate Unit that provides combat mission-ready Intelligence Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Officers and Imagery Intelligence Analysts in support of Distributed Common Ground System, Weapon System operations, and Combatant Commanders. The 50 IS also provides fully-qualified system support personnel to sustain and maintain the robust communications and computer network required to fully integrate into the DCGS world-wide enterprise. The 50th Intelligence Squadron is assigned to the 655th ISR Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, but operates as part of the 548th ISR Group/DGS-2 at a geographically-separated unit located at Beale Air Force Base, California. 

38th Intelligence Squadron

The 38th Intelligence Squadron is a Classic Associate Unit designed to provide a cadre of multi-disciplined, combat mission-ready Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance professionals to the Distributed Common Ground System.  Squadron personnel conduct tactical, operational level Intelligence Operations providing near-real time Intelligence fused from multiple platforms, and intelligence disciplines for mission execution.  Additionally, our personnel perform multi-sensor Threat Warning collection and dissemination during wartime and contingency operations.  The 38 IS is subordinate to the 655th ISR Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and is a Total Force Integration member unit of the 548th ISR Group at Beale AFB, California.


940th Air Refueling Wing reports to

Air Force Reserve Command

headquartered at

Robins Air Force Base, Georgia

The Air Force Reserve Command became the ninth major command of the Air Force on Feb. 17, 1997, as a result of Title XII - Reserve Forces Revitalization - in Public Law 104-201, the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 1997. Before this act, the Air Force Reserve was a field operating agency of the Air Force established on April 14, 1948.

The mission of the Air Force Reserve Command is to provide combat ready forces to fly, fight and win.

Air Force Reserve Command provides the U.S. Air Force about 14 percent of the Total Force for about 4 percent of the manpower budget.

Numbered Air Force

940th Air Refueling Wing reports to

4th Air Force

headquartered at

March Air Reserve Base, California

Fourth Air Force Commands and Advocates
 to Ensure Readiness of Assigned Strategic Mobility Forces

Answering the nation’s call to be the foremost Strategic Mobility Total Force Partner. Citizen Airmen…Ready, Willing and Able.

Fourth AF directs the activities and supervises the training of more than 30,000 Airmen across 15 wings and two groups.