Pease chosen for new air refueling tanker
Pease Air National Guard Base — home to the 157th Air Refueling Wing — has been selected by the U.S. Air Force as the top Air National Guard base to receive the new KC-46A tanker. (COURTESY/U.S. AIR FORCE)
“The official selection of Pease to be the home of the KC-46As is a testament to the 157th Air Refueling Wing’s exceptional record of service,” Shaheen said. “Aerial refueling is a vital component of our military’s ability to operate around the world, and the new KC-46As at Pease will serve our national defense and local economy well for years to come.”
Col. Paul Hutchinson, commander of the 157th Air Refueling Wing, thanked New Hampshire’s congressional delegation and Gov. Maggie Hassan for their support and efforts to secure the KC-46A Pegasus.
New Hampshire’s congressional delegation hosted Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James at Pease in May for a facility tour and meetings with members of the 157th Air Refueling Wing, it added.
In May, the Readiness subcommittee, which Shaheen and Ayotte lead and which oversees military construction, authorized $41.9 million for facilities construction at Pease in preparation for receiving the KC-46A tanker, the release said.
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