New tanker mission will pump millions into local economy

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Wichita, Kan. -- Just last week, politicians nationwide spoke out against one-trillion dollars in sequestration-related defense spending cuts to last through 2021.

The nation's military budget has been hit hard.

That's why today's announcement to bring thirty six new KC-46A tankers to Wichita starting in 2016, is very welcome news, both for the nation....and Kansas.

"We'll be the first place in the entire US Air Force to get these tankers," said Congressman Mike Pompeo. "And now there's nothing standing between South Central Kansas and that great accomplishment. They're coming here. We'll start construction before very long out at McConnell and it's really good news for South Central Kansas and for decades ahead."

Senator Pat Roberts says McConnell was a slam dunk for the Air Force. And ultimately, an easy decision, because of money.

"McConnell offered the Air Force the lowest costs as far as military construction and manpower, among all the flying bases that also competed for this mission," said Roberts. "And they didn't want any redundancies, so I think it's due to the men and women of McConnell."

The tanker mission will pour huge money into Wichita's economy. Some 619-million dollars.

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