INHOFE, LEVERETT RESPOND TO KC-X CONTRACT DECISION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following today’s U.S. Air Force announcement, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Chairman Altus Military Affairs Committee Joe Leverett congratulated Boeing on receiving the KC-X Tanker Contract. This new contract will bring up to 50,000 jobs to the United States.

“Today, I applaud the United States Air Force and Boeing on bringing 50,000 jobs to our nation and taking the first step in assuring current and future U.S. air dominance,” said Inhofe. “The KC-135 tanker aircraft has proven essential to our nation’s defense as the success of our recent military operations would not have been possible without the utilization of our tanker inventory. Replacing the first 179 aging Eisenhower-era KC-135s is paramount to maintaining our military’s strategic advantage.

Inhofe continued, “Now, we must ensure that funding levels remain constant and quality planes are delivered on time. I look forward to the next steps, including determining basing locations. The 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus, AFB has long stood ready to train the next generation of tanker operators, and they look forward to continuing the mobility training mission. The 76th Maintenance Wing (MXW) and Oklahoma Air Logistics Center Aerospace Sustainment Directorate at Tinker, AFB will play key roles in maintaining the new tanker.”

Chairman Altus Military Affairs Committee Joe Leverett said, “I congratulate and offer full support from the State of Oklahoma to the United States Air Force on their decision for the next generation tanker aircraft.  The KC-135 tanker aircraft has been a workhorse in our nation’s defense for nearly five decades and a critical component to the air bridge during our most recent military operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  Replacing the aging KC-135 inventory is essential to our nation’s strategic capability and joint operations across the globe.”

Leverett continued, “Oklahomans look forward to the Air Force basing decision process and stand ready to provide our aerospace expertise.  I am confident the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus AFB is the right location for next generation tanker centralized training.  Additionally, the Oklahoma Air Logistics Center Aerospace Sustainment Directorate and the 76th Maintenance Wing at Tinker AFB are prepared to play a key role in maintaining the new tanker aircraft.”

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