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Published May 22, 2013, 03:53 PM

McConnel AFB chosen over Grand Forks for Air Force tanker mission

We begin with breaking news. The Grand Forks Air Base has been passed over for a new tanker mission. Wichita's McConnell Air Base has been selected to be the main operating base for the new air refueling tanker.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

We begin with breaking news. The Grand Forks Air Base has been passed over for a new tanker mission. Wichita's McConnell Air Base has been selected to be the main operating base for the new air refueling tanker.

The Air Force will base 36 of the new aircraft at McConnell starting in 2016. It also will be investing $192 million in upgrades to the base. Grand Forks was one of four finalists along with bases in Washington and Oklahoma. The base stands at 1,200 military personnel and it was hopeful that the new mission could double the number of jobs.

John Schmisek, Base Realignment and Closure member: "It's disappointing, but not overly surprising that we didn't come off the first list."

At this time we are awaiting comment from base personnel.

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