The Kansas Congressional delegation announced today that McConnell Air Force Base will be the Main Operating Base (MOB) for the KC-46A refueling tanker. The Formal Training Unit (FTU) will be located in Altus, Oklahoma.
“This is a big win and great news for Wichita, Derby, the south central region, and the entire state of Kansas,” said Chamber Tanker Task Force Chairman Wayne Roberts. “McConnell has proven they are up to the challenge of the KC-46A tanker mission and we are delighted, as a community, to support our award-winning base, its airmen and leadership team.”
McConnell Air Force Base currently brings an annual economic impact to the Wichita area of more than $550 million, and new construction for the KC-46A tanker is expected to be between $63 and $193 million.
“We look forward to the environmental impact analysis and its successful completion and want to underscore the important role this news holds for McConnell,” Roberts said.
After McConnell was chosen as a finalist for both the MOB and FTU earlier this year, area leaders worked closely with the Kansas Congressional delegation and Governor Brownback’s office to ensure that McConnell remained vital to global air mobility and received one of the two missions. No base would receive both missions.
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer welcomed today’s news. “McConnell’s continued presence in our community is vital to Wichita and the economic impact of this announcement is extremely important to Kansas.”
County Commission Chair Jim Skelton also offered his thanks to state and area officials as well as community leaders for their work on securing the new mission for McConnell. “We couldn’t be more pleased with this announcement and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership with McConnell.”
McConnell is a vital community partner that provides jobs, national security and supports Wichita’s status as the Air Capital of the World.
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