The 150th Air Refueling Squadron (150 ARS) was a unit of the New Jersey Air National Guard 108th Air Refueling Wing. It was assigned to McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey and was equipped with the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. The Squadron was inactivated in 2008 following the retirement of the wings KC-135E aircraft.
Established at Newark Airport, NJ, on February 1, 1956 Initially equipped with C-46 Commando aircraft, performed primarily tactical transport missions from Newark in the northeast. In 1964 retired the C-46s and was re-equipped with C-121 Constellation long distance transports, primarily for passenger movements to Europe, also flew to the Caribbean and to Japan, Thailand, South Vietnam, Australia and the Philippines during the Vietnam War.
The Constellations were retired in 1973, being replaced with the C-7 Caribou light transport, which were withdrawn from service in the Vietnam War. The C-7s were used for carrying small payloads in combat areas with rough airstrips.
In 1977 upon the receipt of Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers the unit became the 150th Air Refueling Squadron. It was the first air refueling unit in the Nation to launch tankers to establish the now famous U.S. Saudi Arabia "Air Bridge" during OPERATION DESERT Shield-DESERT STORM. Hours after President Bush ordered U.S. forces to the Persian Gulf, 150th aircrews were refueling fighters and cargo transports winging their way nonstop from the U.S. to the Persian Gulf. Shortly thereafter, and again, prior to certain units personnel being activated, the 150th deployed aircraft, aircrews, maintenance and support personnel to Saudi Arabia. It also provided urgently needed medical, security police and support personnel to U.S. air bases to assist active duty personnel and serve as "back-fill" for those already rushed to the combat theater.
On 1 October 1993, the 170th Air Refueling Group was consolidated with the senior 108th Air Refueling Wing at McGuire for budgeting reasons. The 170th Air Refueling Group was inactivated, however, the 150th Air Refueling Squadron remained active, being assigned to the 108th Operations Group as its second KC-135 Squadron (along with the 141st ARS).
In September 1994, for over 30 days, five aircraft and 300 members deployed to Pisa, Italy for DENY FLIGHT. Supported by 15 active duty Air Force personnel, the squadron was the first Air Guard Unit to take full responsibility during that period.Designated 150th Air Transport Squadron, Heavy and allotted to New Jersey ANG, 1956
Extended federal recognition and activated, 1 February 1956
Redesignated 150th Aeromedical Evacuation Transport Squadron
, Light on 1 February 1957
Redesignated 150th Air Transport Squadron
, Heavy on 10 December 1963
Redesignated 150th Military Airlift Squadron
on 1 January 1966
Redesignated 150th Aeromedical Airlift Squadron ca
. 1 December 1969
Redesignated 150th Tactical Airlift Squadron
on 22 June 1973
Redesignated 150th Air Refueling Squadron
, Heavy on 1 April 1977
Redesignated 150th Air Refueling Squadron ca
. 16 March 1992
New Jersey Air National Guard, 1 February 1956
Gained by Military Air Transport Service
170th Air Transport Group, 18 January 1964
170th Military Airlift Group, 8 January 1966
170th Tactical Airlift Group, 1 July 1973
170th Air Refueling Group, 1 April 1977
108th Operations Group, 30 September 1993 – 2008
Newark Airport, New Jersey, 1 February 1956
McGuire AFB, New Jersey, 1 July 1965 – 2008