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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur and Norcross Protect KC-10s

April 30, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen Tom MacArthur and Donald Norcross announced that they had secured key language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 to protect the KC-10 refueling tanker from early retirement:

"The KC-10 is critically important not only to our military's air mobility and readiness, but to the survival of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the 40,000 New Jerseyans employed there," MacArthur said. "It is imperative that we protect our most capable and reliable refeuler from an early and reckless retirement, and I've been fighting to prevent that from happening."

"With tonight's success and the protection of the KC-10 tanker, we can ensure that our military has the proven resources it needs to respond to changing global resources around the world," MacArthur added. "Congressman Norcross and I remain committed to working together to get things done for the Joint Base." 

“Given the serious global threats facing our nation and our allies, it would be completely unconscionable to diminish – much less terminate – the KC-10, which is literally battle-tested as America’s most reliable and proven refueling tanker,” said Norcross. “Our job is to ensure that our servicemembers have the best equipment possible and with this amendment we can deliver on that promise without having to incur needless delay or added cost.”