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Air Force Reserve expands KC-135 force at March ARB

A KC-135 Stratotanker takes off Aug. 5 from Portland International Airport, Ore. Air Force Reserve Command officials transferred four KC-135s to the 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Rodriguez)

A KC-135 Stratotanker takes off Aug. 5 from Portland International Airport, Ore. Air Force Reserve Command officials transferred four KC-135s to the 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Rodriguez)

WASHINGTON -- Air Force Reserve Command officials have expanded the size of its KC-135 Stratotanker force at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., as part of the Air Force total force integration initiatives.

Under the Base Realignment and Closure process, the 939th Air Refueling Wing at Portland International Airport, Ore., turned over four KC-135s to the Air Force Reserve's 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March ARB.

"The total force integration must be not only adaptable to today's fight, but also tomorrow's fight and equally adaptable to unknown applications," said Gen. T. Michael Moseley, the Air Force chief of staff. "It must be seamless among the active duty, National Guard and Reserve components. It must operate in a joint environment; not only in what is purchased, but also in the way we fight, talk and think, and it must be affordable."

The aircraft transfer provided a proportional manpower and force structure ratio for the Air Force Reserve unit at March ARB and increased its capability and effectiveness by enlarging the size of its tanker fleet, Air Force officials said.