Air Force Chief of Staff nominee will seriously consider Alaska as base for tankers

    Senator Dan Sullivan asked General David Goldfein to consider Eielson or Elmendorf as a base for the KC-46 tankers at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    The nominee to be the next Air Force Chief of Staff says he will seriously consider Alaska as the base for the next generation of aerial refueling tankers.

    The KC-46 Pegasus, based on the Boeing 767, is scheduled to enter service next year.

    At a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, Senator Dan Sullivan asked General David Goldfein to commit to visit Alaska and consider Eielson or Elmendorf as a base for the KC-46 tankers, outside the continental United States.

    Goldfein told Sullivan there are several criteria that figure into the basing process, but he will keep in mind Alaska's strategic characteristics.

    The Air Force recently decided to locate the first Pacific-region squadron of the new F-35 fighter jet at Eielson.
     

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