Apr 19, 2013 at 8:03 am
Grand Forks is expected to find out next month whether it will be the preferred location for the beddown of the new KC46A tanker aircraft. The US Air Force is in the process of evaluating four potential sites to serve as a main operating base for as many as 36 tankers. The GFAFB has not hosted a tanker mission since 2010. Air Force officials held a scoping meeting this week to gather public input on the environmental impact of the plan.
Air Force Civilian Project Manager Jean Reynolds who says the deadline to submit written comments is May 17th. Competition for landing the tanker mission is coming from the Altus Base in Oklahoma…Fairchild in Washington…and McConnell in Kansas. Final approval on the base selection is not expected until 2014. The tankers would not show up until 2016.