Refueling unit first to fly 25,000 missions in single AOR


Capt. Tanya Dubiel commands a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, May 4, 2012, over Afghanistan during the 22nd Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron's 25,000th flight. AIR FORCE PHOTO

An Air Force refueling squadron stationed in Kyrgyzstan has flown its 25,000th air refueling mission.

The 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, which provides one-third of the aerial refueling for operations in Afghanistan, reached the milestone on May 4, according to a news release from U.S. Air Forces Central.

“Like their squadron mascot, the mule, the 22 EARS has stubbornly labored to safely and efficiently fuel the fight despite harsh winter and other ops-related challenges,” Col. Brian Newberry, 376th Expeditionary Operations Group commander, said in the news release.

Capt. Tanya Dubiel, a 22 EARS pilot deployed from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., was honored to fly the 25,000th mission. She said she was proud that her crew was chose for the mission

“I think it says a lot about our crew,” Dubiel said in the news release. “We’re young, but highly capable of performing the mission and doing it well.”

Dubiel’s mission was one of 346 tanker sorties between April 29 and May 5 that refueled 1,527 coalition aircraft.


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