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Air-to-air refuelling is a crucial component for the success of the Coalition aerial campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
In August 2017 alone, the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron accomplished around five missions per day, fuelling 3,180 aircraft with 36.5 million pounds of fuel.
Flying from Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, the KC-135 Stratotanker squadron provides almost two-thirds of all U.S. Central Command air-to-air refuelling, including to Coalition aircraft deployed as part of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria and the NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, according to Air Force Lt. Col. Joseph Carr, 340th EARS director of operations.
In the last 10 years the squadron has deployed in major operations including Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Freedom Sentinel and Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.
“Without a doubt, the USCENTCOM mission would not happen without the efforts of the men and women of the 340th EARS,” said Carr.