Joint Base Breaks Ground for Hangars to House Air Refueling Tankers

Dec 12, 2018
Source: Boeing

A $146.5 million construction project has begun at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. On Dec. 3, state legislators and command leaders at JBMDL hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new aircraft hangar and other infrastructure to house 24 KC-46A Pegasus air refueling aircraft. The tankers will replace the aging KC-10 tankers currently stored at JBMDL, which are slated for retirement.

“The arrival of the next-generation air refueling aircraft will ensure the long-term viability of the base and secure hundreds of construction jobs,” noted a press release from the office of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). “Over 52,000 people currently live, work or train at the Joint Base, New Jersey’s second largest employer, whose mission is vital to both our national security and the state’s economy.”

JBMDL competed with 10 other bases to be named the Main Operating Base 4 for the KC-46As.

Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, has pointed out that the joint base is in “a prime location for air refueling operations for planes headed to and from many of the world’s hot spots in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.” —J.K.-H.

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