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January 09. 2013 10:20PM

Shaheen, Ayotte champion Pease for Air Force tanker

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte jointly announced Wednesday that the Pease Air National Guard base is one of only five Air National Guard installations selected for the Air Force's candidate base list for the new KC-46A air refueling tanker.

"This important announcement represents a significant step in the process of determining where the new tankers will be based," the announcement said.

Shaheen and Ayotte, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have worked closely together to advocate for Pease during the Air Force's candidate evaluation process, according to the statement.

"This is welcome news for Pease and the 157th Air Refueling Wing, which provides the best tanker support in the Air National Guard," said Shaheen and Ayotte. "As the Air Force's evaluation process moves forward, Pease continues to be well-positioned to receive the new tanker."

According to the announcement, the Air Force will conduct "detailed, on-the-ground site surveys of each candidate base to assess each location against operational and training requirements, potential impacts to existing missions, housing, infrastructure, and manpower.

"Once the site surveys are complete, the Air Force will select preferred and reasonable alternative locations and begin an Environmental Impact Analysis Process in the spring of 2013," the announcement said.


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