Colonel Edward H. Evans is the Commander, 186th Air Refueling Wing, Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian, Mississippi. The 186th Air Refueling Wing provides over 1,100 personnel and eight KC-135R aircraft to Air Mobility Command for worldwide operations. The Wing also supports domestic counter-drug and emergency response missions as well as overseas combatant commander requirements with an RC-26B aircraft. Additional units include the 238th Air Support Operations Squadron which serves as a combat force multiplier to U.S. Army counterparts, the 248th Air Traffic Control Squadron which is capable of providing air traffic control services for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft operating out of any airfield worldwide, and the 286th Air Operations Group which supports the Continental United States North American Aerospace Defense Region, First Air Force and Air Forces Northern, CONR–1AF (AFNORTH). The Group provides Air Force staff augmentation, supports the Homeland Defense Mission and delivers Defense Support to Civil Authorities during domestic events.
Col. Evans received his commission in 1992 as a graduate of the ROTC program at Mississippi State University. His assignments in the U.S. Air Force include the 2d Civil Engineer Squadron, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana and the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Evans joined the Mississippi Air National Guard in March, 1997 as a pilot candidate. After competing Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Col Evans returned to the 172d Airlift Wing to fly the C-141B. He later flew the C-17A. His duties at the 172d were C-141C First Pilot, Squadron Executive Officer, C-17A Instructor Aircraft Commander, and a two year detail as The Base Civil Engineer. Col Evans transferred to the 286th Air Operations Group and served as Director, Joint Air Component Coordination Element. His previous commands include the 172d Airlift Control Flight, 172d Operations Support Squadron, and the 286th Air Operations Group. Col. Evans is a command pilot with more than 4,300 hours in the C-141B/C and C-17A. He is a combat veteran of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. In his civilian capacity, the colonel is a commercial airline pilot with a major airline.