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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur and Norcross’ Statement on Funding for KC-46 Hangar

June 2, 2017
Press Release

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Tom MacArthur and Donald Norcross released the following statement on funding for KC-46 hangars provided in the budget proposal. The proposal includes approximately $134.5 million dollars for new hangars to house the KC-46 tankers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, as well as any other construction that would help ease the KC-46 transition. Recently, MacArthur led a letter urging Secretary Mattis to include this funding in the fiscal year 2018 budget.

“Since I came to Washington, fighting to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has always been one of my top priorities,” said Congressman MacArthur.  “I’m grateful the Administration heard my concerns and will provide funding for new hangars to house the KC-46 refueling tankers at the Joint Base.  This funding will protect our national defense and ensure Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst remains our nation’s premier air mobility installation.”

"These hangars will ensure we have the proper infrastructure to house the next generation of air refueling tankers at New Jersey's Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst,” said Congressman Norcross. “Although this is just a proposed budget, as a member of the House Armed Services Committee I will work to include an investment for hangars as we move forward in the process. We must prepare our base for the new fleet of KC-46s and protect it from any efforts in Congress to close bases. I stand ready to support critical programs at New Jersey’s base – the nation’s only tri-service joint base – because it’s vital for our national security and New Jersey’s economy.”

MacArthur and Norcross were joined by Representatives Frank LoBiondo and Chris Smith in this request.

The Air Force is including $269 million dollars for MOB 4 construction.  JB MDL and Travis Air Force base were chosen earlier this year as the winners of the MOB 4 competition to host the KC-46 tankers.  The Air Force is currently conducting an environmental review of each base and final approval is expected in the near future. Once the environmental assessment is complete, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst will be officially eligible for funding. 24 KC-46 tankers will be going to each base.

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