WICHITA, Kan. — The Air Force arrived at the decision to use McConnell as the initial and primary base for the new KC-46A tankers. The decision came after a process that included an environmental impact review.
Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, along with Congressman Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, applauded the Air Force’s announcement today of their final decision. Their statements can be read below.
“This is fantastic news for an outstanding facility staffed by even more outstanding airmen. McConnell Air Force Base is a major asset to keeping America safe, but it’s also a community that demonstrates the very best of our Air Force. The decision to expand America’s commitment to South Central Kansas will last decades, and I’m confident McConnell will excel in its renewed mission.”
“There is no longer any question – McConnell Air Force Base is and will continue to be the nation’s super tanker base. The upcoming arrival of the new KC-46A tanker fleet at McConnell translates into an economic boost for the community, which will endure for years to come as each phase of preparation is completed. I am grateful the efforts to ensure this outcome were successful and that the Air Force truly understands the value of air mobility assets in Kansas. I will continue to work with Air Force leadership to make certain the KC-46A delivery process runs as smoothly as possible.”
“I am proud of the airmen at McConnell for earning this mission based on their excellent record of service. Once again, Kansas will be taking a leading role in protecting our national security by providing next generation capability in global reach. As the Air Capital of the World, Wichita is the perfect home for this new mission. The men and women who will operate and maintain the KC-46A at McConnell are part of a community of unwavering support for their critical mission and a deep understanding of the support their families and loved ones need back home.”