Nearly 100 Air
National Guard members have volunteered for and deployed to the
European theater in support of NATO's Operation Allied Force.
Led by the 163rd Air Refueling Wing's Commander, Col. "Putt"
Richards, the 100 volunteers departed March Air Reserve Base
April 27, 28 and 29, 1999 to the European theater of operations.
Although the 163rd "Grizzlies" were not ordered into
action by the President's Selected Reserve Call-up, the wing
supplied three KC-135R "Stratotankers", associated
aircrew and support personnel to the Kosovo military operation.
Colonel Richards served
as the Operations Group Commander for the 60th Air Expeditionary
Wing located at Rhein-Main Germany. The wing's mission was to
perform refueling missions in support of Operation Allied Force.
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