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Published March 08, 2011, 07:20 PM

Talk Of New Tanker Mission At GFAFB

It's some potentially good news for the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The Air Force Times newspaper says the base is tentatively scheduled to receive four new air refueling tankers.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

It's some potentially good news for the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The Air Force Times newspaper says the base is tentatively scheduled to receive four new air refueling tankers.

The Times, which is an independent newspaper not affiliated with the military says the base will possibly receive up to twelve tankers total.

Many remain skeptical but optimistic about the story. Chair of the Council on Military Relations John Marshall says people should not get too excited just yet about the unconfirmed news of new tankers, but says many things would have to fall into place before new tankers land at Grand Forks.

The new tankers are tentatively scheduled to arrive at the base in 2017, according to the article.

Marshall says he remains cautiously optimistic, but he says he is most excited that after years of contract disputes it has been decided who will build the tankers, and things are finally moving ahead.

"We have lost five years. If we had not lost five years, we would be close to having tankers on that base," Marshall said.

While Marshall doesn't take a lot of stock in the Air Force Times article, he says they could eventually be on to something.

"Listening to my friends in the military, I still am positive that we're going to get tankers. I'm not going to say how quick we're going to get them," Marshall said.

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