Colonel Billy M. (Mike) Nabors is the Commander, 186th Air Refueling Wing, Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian, MS. The 186 Air Refueling Wing provides over 1,100 personnel and 8 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.
Col Nabors was commissioned through Officer Training School in the United States Air Force on January 4, 1984 as a distinguished graduate. After completing Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB, he was assigned to the 37th Flying Training Wing as an Instructor Pilot, Evaluator Pilot, Class Commander, and RSU Controller. His next assignment was in the KC-135A/R aircraft as an Aircraft Commander in the historic 407th Air Refueling Squadron of the Strategic Air Command.
On March 14, 1992, Col Nabors accepted assignment to the 186th Air Refueling Wing as an Instructor Pilot in the unit’s new KC-135R aircraft. In inspections over the following years, he received three HQ/AMC top performer awards. Col Nabors has served multiple combat tours overseas in support of contingency operations, performing aircrew, staff and command duties. In 2006 he was selected as the 186th Air Operations Officer and became the 186th Operations Group Commander in 2011. In 2008, Col Nabors was tasked with standing up a third flying mission at Key Field, the MC-12W, through the Project Liberty program. He was responsible for the training of over 1000 active duty aircrew and the approval and appropriation of over 21 million dollars in equipment and contracts. Project Liberty was a huge success, flying over 5000 accident free sorties, and was the Air Force’s nomination for the prestigious Collier Trophy for 2009 and 2010. In 2010 Col Nabors led the unit in becoming mission ready in record time in its new airlift mission flying the C-27J aircraft and in 2012 led the conversion of the 186th Air Refueling Wing back to its air refueling roots in the KC-135R aircraft.