New air refueling tankers to bring jobs, prestige to Pease
Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington is home to the 157th Air Refueling Wing, which could receive up to 12 KC-46A aircraft. (Photo illustration Courtesy, Boeing)
“The 157th Air Refueling Wing (based at Pease) has proven themselves more than ready for this mission,” said U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-NH, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, after Wednesday’s announcement. “I am very pleased that Pease was selected as the first main operating base and I look forward to welcoming the KC-46A to New Hampshire.”
“Pease’s cost-effectiveness, strategic location, successful active-duty association, and superior infrastructure make it an irreplaceable national security asset,” Ayotte said in a statement. “With Pease set to receive the new KC-46A tanker, the base will be even more well-positioned to receive continued Air Force investment and avoid being targeted in the event there is ever another BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) round.”
“From an economic perspective, it is anticipated that the 12 new tankers and the related construction activity required for receiving the tankers will generate 100-plus full-time jobs with a payroll of almost $7 million. The indirect benefit to local suppliers/vendors of the construction activity will greatly benefit the Seacoast region.”
According to Boeing’s website, the KC-46A is a multi-role tanker that’s based on a commercial 767 plane and “can refuel all U.S., allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures, any time, on any mission, and can carry passengers, cargo and patients whenever and wherever needed.”
President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget request calls for $41.9 million in military construction funds for Pease to prepare for KC-46A operations.
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