As an Air National Guard unit, the 141st Air Refueling Wing has both a federal and state mission. When gained by Air Mobility Command, the federal mission is to train, equip and deploy quality mobility forces to forward operating locations in support of specific contingency plans and other short-notice taskings. Since the flying unit received federal recognition in 1924, its been activated during World War II, the Korean War, Desert Storm, Allied Force, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and the global war on terrorism. Aside from presidential call-ups, many personnel throughout the wing have voluntarily deployed in support of the Expeditionary Air Force and other contingency operations. Since 1999, over one-fourth of the wing's members have deployed to locations such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Germany, France, Italy, Iceland and Hungary.
Under order of the governor of the state of Washington, the wing provides protection of life and property and preserves peace, order and public safety. Members of the wing served on state active duty following the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 cleaning up ash in many of the smaller communities of eastern Washington and during fire storms, floods, and ice storms. The unit's Security Forces Squadron supported local law enforcement in Pullman following campus riots in 1998.
The wing is recognized as one of this country's finest; Airmen dedicated to excellence and ready to serve their neighbors and nation. We are a proud team of courageous Airmen positively impacting one another every day and united in our common cause.
Integrity-- Our cornerstone value, it is the foundation of trust within our organization. As citizen soldiers defending our nation and supporting its interest, as well as those of our community and state, we adhere to and uniformly apply the laws, codes and traditions governing the profession of arms.
Service Before Self-- We acknowledge the public trust reposed in us as individuals and as a unit charged with serving our nation, state and community. We accept the hardships, sacrifices and inconveniences that accompany this service. Teamwork, loyalty to one another and our dedication to the minuteman tradition, drive us to accomplish our mission in the face of adversity.
Excellence in All We Do-- We direct our effort to foster and impart the esprit de corps, technical expertise, and resolve required to overcome the friction of war. As leaders, we assure that our subordinates understand and are free to act on the intent of our orders to achieve the desired outcome. As followers, initiative and understanding of the commander's intent compel us to seek and implement the best route to mission accomplishment.