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Boneyard Bound: First KC-10 set for retirement
July 14, 2020
KC-10 Extender tail #86-0036 receives a traditional water salute as the 514th Air Mobility Wing U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Mike Pillion prepares to fly it to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., following a July 13 ceremony at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., that marked the first retirement of 59 Extenders intended for eventual replacement by the KC-46A Pegasus. A total of three KC-10s from the Air Force’s Backup-Aircraft Inventory were congressionally approved for retirement during Fiscal Year 2020. As KC-10s are retired, the 309th AMARG will continue to support the remaining Extenders with spare parts as they are flown for several years while the KC-46A Pegasus is integrated into Air Mobility Command’s Total Force tanker enterprise. For nearly four decades, the KC-10 has helped secure global reach for America, providing in-flight refueling to U.S. and coalition aircraft, from Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm to Operation Inherent Resolve. The KC-10 is flown from JBMDL by both the 305th AMW and its associate Air Force Reserve unit, the 514th AMW.

Black History Month: A legacy of honor
February 19, 2020
Photo of Airmen in the cockpit of an aircraft conducting flight control pre-checks.

JB MDL Airmen bring Ultimate Reach to Talisman Sabre 17
July 11, 2017
A KC-10 Extender from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, is refueled mid-flight during a training exercise to prepare the air crews to support Global Reach for Talisman Sabre 17, July 9, 2017. A formation of three KC-10 Extender tested their in-air refueling systems while flying to the Pacific to support the exercise.

Travis airmen refuel B-1 during Eager Lion 17
May 26, 2017
Capt. Matthew Williams, 9th Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 pilot, flies to somewhere near Newfoundland to refuel B-1 Lancers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, May 18, 2017. Williams and his crew flew from Travis AFB to support Exercise Eager Lion 17.

Taking flight to new training
March 14, 2017
Aircrew from the 14th Airlift Squadron work together to put engine covers on their C-17 to prevent snow from getting into the engines at Peterson Air Force Base prior to inclement cold weather, Feb. 11, 2017.