|The Alaska Air National Guard is the only Arctic region refueling unit for all of PACAF, and maintains a substantial number of personnel on active duty and civilian technician status in order to meet its daily operational requirements. The Wing’s Primary Assigned Aircraft are eight KC-135 R-models assigned to the 168th Air Refueling Squadron. |
The wing aircraft are identified with a blue tail stripe, and the name "Alaska".
In January 1994, January 1996, and January 2004, the 168 ARW received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.
In April 1996 and again in 1997, the 168 ARW won one of the five annual Distinguished Flying Unit Plaques sponsored by the National Guard Association of the Untied States.
Also in 1997, they earned the Curtis N. “Rusty” Metcalf Trophy, for the tactical/strategic airlift or air refueling flying unit demonstrating the highest standards of mission accomplishment over a sustained period each year.