Lt. Col. Joseph Carr, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron director of operations, has said that the 340th EARS unit continues to offer air refueling services in support of various U.S. Air Force missions.
The Defense Department said Wednesday that the 340th EARS team helps the Combined Forces Air Component Command and Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component meet their respective objectives.
“Air-to-air refueling extends joint and coalition receivers’ on-station loiter ability, expanding the time of opportunity to observe, target and destroy enemy assets or provide overwatch protection of our ground forces,” said Carr.
Carr added that the 340th EARS unit supports approximately 67 percent of the Central Command‘s air-to-air refueling activities for joint, coalition and NATO partners.
DoD noted that the 340th EARS has contributed to various major operations in the last decade including Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Freedom Sentinel and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.
The 340th EARS unit also celebrated its 75th year anniversary in September.