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Governor Jay Inslee Responds To KC-46A'a Going To McConnell AFB

GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE RESPONDS TO KC-46A's GOING TO MCCONNELL:

May 22,  2013  

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued this statement about today's news that the Air Force had selected McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas as the main operating base for its new Boeing KC-46A air refueling tankers:  

"This is an extremely unfortunate decision by the Air Force. Fairchild Air Force Base has a strong tradition as an integral part of our national defense and is ideally located, particularly as U.S. strategy calls for directing greater attention to the Pacific theater. The Air Force's decision today does not follow that important national policy. Fairchild also had a clear advantage through its solid relationship with the Washington Air National Guard 141st Air Refueling Wing.  I want to thank Spokane County, Washington's Congressional delegation, state lawmakers, our Military Department, Fairchild First, the Washington Military Alliance and the entire Fairchild community for their hard work in trying to get these Washington-built planes based in Washington. Together we will continue to fight for Washington's defense communities and the strategic role our state's bases play in the nation's defense."

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