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Published April 03, 2013, 06:28 PM

USAF seeks input on KC-46A at GFAFB

The public will have a chance to offer input later this month on the potential basing of KC-46A flying tankers at Grand Forks Air Force Base or other bases, the Air Force said Wednesday.

By: Herald Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

The public will have a chance to offer input later this month on the potential basing of KC-46A flying tankers at Grand Forks Air Force Base or other bases, the Air Force said Wednesday.

The input meeting will be 5 to 8 p.m. April 18 at the Ramada Inn in Grand Forks.

The Grand Forks base is in the running to be either the aircraft’s main operating base, which brings with it 36 aircraft, or a training base, which brings eight aircraft.

The Air Force said public input will help it identify issues for an environmental impact statement, required by federal law before a basing decision is made.

Other competing bases for the former are Altus Air Force Base, Okla.; Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.; and McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Competing bases for the latter are Altus and McConnell.

Depending on where the aircraft is based, it could replace an existing mission or be an additional mission.

To submit comments by mail: Ms. Jean Reynolds, U.S. Air Force, AFCEC/CZN Midwest Office, 507 Symington Drive, Scott AFB, IL 62225-5022

For more info: www.kc46abeddown.com; Grand Forks base, (701) 747-5023, pa@grandforks.af.mil.

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